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HIST 2300-D03 and DC1 Dr.

Barbara Hahn
CRN 34580 and 40316
Texas Tech University: Fall 2018 Office Phone: +1(806) 834-6514
Class Sessions: ONLINE Office Hours: T 1-3pm and by appt.
Classroom: ANYWHERE Office: Holden Hall 133

United States History to 1877

Today’s united states were colonies for two centuries, nearly as long as they have been one nation.
The history of the nation has roots that reach far back into many regions of world history, including early
modern Europe, tribal Africa, and the pre-Columbian Americas. Tracing these roots through national
formation, westward expansion, and secession and Civil War, is one of the primary purposes of this
class. This course makes use of multiple forms of evidence—stories, pictures, modern interpretations,
and primary sources that have survived from the past into the present. Reading assignments provide
you with a wealth of stories and facts as well as direct access to some of the sources of these
chronicles. Lectures complement the assigned readings by explaining the structures within which these
tales took shape. Quizzes and exams offer opportunities to perform hands-on historical work, the
analysis of documents and the construction of arguments based on evidence.

This process lets you answer for yourself some of the thorniest questions in American history: how did
this disparate set of British colonies become one nation? Why did the national structure break apart into
Civil War less than a century later? Readings and writing assignments all provide access to the
methods historians use to answer such questions and investigate the human condition. Primary source
readings will inform your analysis of debates concerning historical events and processes, and will
provide familiarity with the appropriate methods, technologies, and data that historians use. Secondary
sources allow you to evaluate multiple interpretations of human behavior and social issues.

Teaching Assistant
TA Stormi L. Smith 1(432) 816-5043
Holden Hall 151, Thursdays 1-4pm Also available by appointment.

Dr. Hahn - Office Hours

Dr. Barbara Hahn 1(806) 834-6514
Holden Hall 133, Tuesdays 1-3pm
Also available by appointment. Please feel free to speak to me, or meet with me, or your TA!

TAs and Professors are available to you during office hours and by appointment. If you send an email
Monday-Thursday, you can expect a reply within 24 hours. If you send an email Friday-Sunday, you
can expect an answer within 48 hours.

Learning Aids
Blackboard contains a wealth of material to help you fulfill the learning objectives, from extra copies of
the syllabus and links to assigned readings, to outlines of the lectures, and study guides. All these
materials can help guide you through the class readings and lecture material and prepare you for
lectures and examinations. If you have suggestions to improve the course, please feel free to share
them with the professor on the course evaluation, during office hours, or via email.

*This is a dynamic syllabus and is subject to change.*

Copyright 2018 © Barbara Hahn

Grades are assessed in relation to the following requirements:
1. Quizzes (Weekly) 20%
2. Mid-Term One (Oct. 6) 25
3. Mid-Term Two (Nov. 3) 25
4. Final (Dec. 9) 30

• Quizzes: Preparation, participation, and professionalism are assessed by quizzes, which cover
lectures and reading assignments. Each one will be graded on a scale of 0-10, equivalent to the 0-100
scale of formal grades (no-credit through A+). The contribution these make to your final grade will be
computed as the average of all quizzes that are administered; the lowest two grades will be dropped
before the average is computed. There are no make-up quizzes.
• Professionalism refers to student behavior: meeting deadlines and respecting the class, its
obligations and assignments, the instructors and your colleagues; appropriate listening, and note-
taking; college-level conduct.
• Mid-Term and Final Examinations: The final exam is cumulative; it covers the entire semester and
all assigned material, lectures, and reading assignments. Exams have essay sections, short answers,
or multiple-choice components.
If you miss a scheduled test without a university excused absence, your exam loses five points
per calendar day. Contact the professor and schedule a make-up at the Academic Testing
The center’s schedule is limited so be prepared to lose points awaiting your appointment.
• Grade Changes: Grade changes will be considered for ten days following the return of your graded
assignment. After that, the grade is final. Keep your work for at least ten days, to support any claims
you make regarding grades you get.
• N.B.: Make-up tests will be given and late papers accepted ONLY in extraordinary, well-documented
circumstances that would constitute an excused absence. Your technological problems (computers,
printers, automobiles, textbook acquisitions, reading and writing skills, and so on) are your
responsibility and do not represent excuses.

Required Readings – Secondary Sources

• Denevan, William M. “The Pristine Myth: The Landscape of the Americas in 1492.” Annals of the
Association of American Geographers 82, no. 3 (Sept. 1992): 369-85 (available on Blackboard).
• McCurry, Stephanie. “The Brothers’ War.” Chapter 2 in Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in
the Civil War South. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2010 (available on Blackboard).
• Miranda, Lin-Manuel. “Hamilton.” A Musical. (available on Amazon, free to Prime members).
• White, Jr., Lynn. “The Embryology of Columbus’ Discovery,” Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts
and Sciences 29, no. 6 (March 1976): 33-48. (available on Blackboard)

Recommended (but not required) Readings

• Montoya, Maria E., et al. Global Americans: A History of the United States. Australia: Cengage, 2018.

Required Readings – Primary Sources Available on Blackboard

• State of Texas. “A declaration of the causes which impel the State of Texas to secede from the
Federal Union.” In Winkler, Ernest William, ed. Journal of the Secession Convention of Texas 1861,
Edited From the Original in the Department of State… Austin: Texas Library and Historical
Commission, 1912, pp. 61-65.

• Stephens, Alexander H. “Corner Stone Speech.” March 21, 1861. In Henry Cleveland, Alexander H.
Stephens, in Public and Private: With Letters and Speeches, Before, During, and Since the
War (Philadelphia, 1886), pp. 717-729.
• “Engrossed and corrected copy of the Articles of Confederation, showing amendments adopted,
November 15, 1777,” Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789; Records of the Continental and
Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789, Record Group 360; National

• “Signed Copy of the Constitution of the United States; Miscellaneous Papers of the Continental
Congress,” 1774-1789; Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the
Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789, Record Group 360; National Archives.

Recording Policy and Copyright © 2018 Barbara Hahn

All lectures given in this class are considered the intellectual property of the instructor. Any attempt to
reproduce or transmit lectures or lecture notes for profit, either directly or through a third party, will be
considered an infringement of the instructor’s copyright interest and will not be considered “fair use.”

Learning Objectives and Assessment: American History

• Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Core Foundational Component Area Criteria

o Courses in this category focus on the consideration of past events relative to the United
States, with the option of including Texas History for a portion of this component area. (1, 2,
3, 4)
o Courses involve the interaction among individuals, communities, states, the nation, and the
world, considering how these interactions have contributed to the development of the United
States and its global role. (1, 2, 3, 4)

• Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Core Objectives Description:

o Critical Thinking Skills: To include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis,
evaluation and synthesis of information. (1, 2, 3, 4)
o Communication Skills: To include effective development, interpretation and expression of
ideas through written, oral and visual communication. (1, 2, 3, 4)
o Personal Responsibility: To include the ability to connect choices, actions and
consequences to ethical decision-making. (1, 2, 3, 4)
o Social Responsibility: To include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility,
and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national and global communities. (1, 2, 3, 4)

• Texas Tech University College-Level Core Competency Statement:

o Students graduating from Texas Tech University should demonstrate an understanding of

the historical origins of the United States and be able to identify and describe the importance
of key individuals and events in United States and/or Texas history. (1, 2, 3, 4)

• Texas Tech University Core Student Learning Outcomes:

o Identify and explain the origins and evolution of the political systems and political cultures
that have shaped the United States and Texas. (1, 2, 3, 4)
o Identify and analyze the various social and cultural factors that have shaped the daily
experiences of people living in the U.S. and Texas. (1, 2, 3, 4)
o Develop and demonstrate analytical arguments in written and/or oral forms, related to
American and Texas history. (1, 2, 3, 4)

Religious Holy Days
Any student who intends to observe a religious holy day should make that intention known to the instructor prior to
the absence. A student who is absent from class for the observance of a religious holy day shall be allowed to
take an examination or complete an assignment scheduled for that day within a reasonable time after the
absence. See University Standard Operating Procedure 34.19.

ADA Statement
Any student who, because of a disability, may require special arrangements in order to meet the course
requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make any necessary arrangements. Students
should present appropriate verification from Student Disability Services during the instructor’s office hours. Please
note: instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodations to a student until appropriate verification
from Student Disability Services has been provided. For additional information, please contact Student Disability
Services in West Hall or call 806-742-2405.

Any student who, because of a disability, may require special arrangements in order to meet the course
requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make any necessary arrangements.
Students should present appropriate verification from Student Disability Services during the instructor’s
office hours. Please note instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodations to a student
until appropriate verification from Student Disability Services has been provided. For additional
information, you may contact the Student Disability Services office in 335 West Hall or 806-742-2405.

TTU Resources for Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Violence

Texas Tech University is committed to providing and strengthening an educational, working, and living
environment where students, faculty, staff, and visitors are free from gender and/or sex discrimination
of any kind. Sexual assault, discrimination, harassment, and other Title IX violations are not tolerated by
the University. Report any incidents to the Office for Student Rights & Resolution, (806)-742-SAFE
(7233) or file a report online at Faculty and staff members at TTU are committed
to connecting you to resources on campus. Some of these available resources are: TTU Student
Counseling Center, 806-742-3674, (Provides confidential support on
campus.) TTU Student Counseling Center 24-hour Helpline,806-742-5555, (Assists students who
are experiencing a mental health or interpersonal violence crisis. If you call the helpline, you will speak
with a mental health counselor.) Voice of Hope Lubbock Rape Crisis Center, 806-763-
7273, hotline that provides support for survivors of sexual
violence.) The Risk, Intervention, Safety and Education (RISE) Office, 806-742-
2110, (Provides a range of resources and support options focused on prevention education
and student wellness.) Texas Tech Police Department, 806-742-
3931, (To report criminal activity that occurs on or near Texas Tech

In addition, Office of LGBTQIA, Student Union Building Room 201,, 806.742.5433
Within the Center for Campus Life, the Office serves the Texas Tech community through facilitation and
leadership of programming and advocacy efforts. This work is aimed at strengthening the lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) community and sustaining an inclusive
campus that welcomes people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

TTU Food Pantry

The Raider Red’s Food Pantry is open to all currently enrolled TTU students and provides non-
perishable food to students in need. It is located in Doak Hall, room 117. Fall 2018 hours are Monday:
10am-3pm, Tuesday: 9am-11am, Thursday: 9am-5pm, and Friday: 9am-2pm. If students are unable to
visit the pantry during opened hours, they can call (806) 742-2984 or stop by Office of the Dean of
Students, Student Union Building, room 201 from 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday, to receive assistance. For
more information, please check out the website:

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity is taking responsibility for one’s own work, being individually accountable, and
demonstrating intellectual honesty and ethical behavior. Academic integrity is a personal choice to
abide by the standards of intellectual honesty and responsibility. Because education is a shared effort
to achieve learning through the exchange of ideas, students, faculty, and staff have the collective
responsibility to build mutual trust and respect. Ethical behavior and independent thought are essential
for the highest level of academic achievement, which then must be measured. Academic achievement
includes scholarship, teaching and learning, all of which are shared endeavors. Grades are a device
used to quantify the successful accumulation of knowledge through learning. Adhering to the standards
of academic integrity ensures that grades are earned honestly and gives added value to the entire
educational process. Academic integrity is the foundation upon which students, faculty, and staff build
their educational and professional careers.

Students are responsible for understanding the principles and policies regarding academic integrity at
Texas Tech University, and abide by them in all class and/or course work at the University. Academic
misconduct violations are outlined in the Code of Student Conduct. The University policies and
procedures regarding academic integrity can be found in the Student Handbook. The Student
Handbook and the Code of Student Conduct can be found online at

It is the aim of the faculty of Texas Tech University to foster a spirit of complete honesty and high
standard of integrity. The attempt of students to present as their own any work not honestly performed
is regarded by the faculty and administration as a most serious offence and renders the offenders liable
to serious consequences, possibly suspension.

Academic or “Scholastic” dishonesty includes, but it not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion,
falsifying academic records, misrepresenting facts, and any act designed to give unfair academic
advantage to the student (such as, but not limited to, submission of essentially the same written
assignment for two courses without the prior permission of the instructor) or the attempt to commit such
an act.

Class Schedule
Each Week Begins on Monday at 9am (US Central Time). Assignments and quizzes are due by
Saturdays at noon.

Aug. 27- Introduction

Sept. 1 READ: Stephens, “[Cornerstone Speech],” (1861).
QUIZ 01 due by noon

Sept. 3-8 The Story So Far: Agriculture and Economic Growth

READ: Denevan, “The Pristine Myth,” (1992): 369-85.
RECOMMENDED: Global Americans (2018), Chapter One.
QUIZ 02 due by noon

Sept. 10-15 Columbus Had His Reasons

READ: White, “Embryology of Columbus’ Discovery,” (1976): 33-48.
RECOMMENDED: Global Americans (2018), Chapter Two.
QUIZ 03 due by noon

Sept. 17-22 A Game With Many Players
RECOMMENDED: Global Americans (2018), Chapter Three.
The English Coast
RECOMMENDED: Global Americans (2018), Chapter Four.
QUIZ 04 due by noon

Sept. 24-29 The Age of Revolutions

RECOMMENDED: Global Americans (2018), Chapter Five.
RECOMMENDED: Global Americans (2018), Chapter Six.
QUIZ 05 due by noon

Oct. 1-6 Politics and Party Formation

RECOMMENDED: Global Americans (2018), Chapter Seven.
READ: The Articles of Confederation (1777).
READ: The Constitution of the United States (1787).
MID-TERM EXAM ONE due by noon

Oct. 8-13 LISTEN: Hamilton

QUIZ 06 due by noon

Oct. 15-20 National Identity and Sectional Divides

RECOMMENDED: Global Americans (2018), Chapter Eight
RECOMMENDED: Global Americans (2018), Chapter Nine.
QUIZ 07 due by noon

Oct. 22-27 Westward Expansion

RECOMMENDED: Global Americans (2018), Chapter Ten.
QUIZ 08 due by noon

Oct. 29 - Extreme Cultures: Antebellum Americans and Identity Politics

Nov. 3 RECOMMENDED: Global Americans (2018), Chapter Eleven.
MID-TERM EXAM TWO due by noon

Nov. 5-10 The Crisis of the 1850s

RECOMMENDED: Global Americans (2018), Chapter Twelve.
QUIZ 09 due by noon

Nov. 12-17 Fire-Eaters and Secession Fever

READ: McCurry, Confederate Reckoning, (2010), Chapter Two.
READ: Texas, “Declaration of Causes [to Secede],” (Feb. 1861).
QUIZ 10 due by noon


Nov. 26- C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America

RECOMMENDED: Global Americans (2018), Chapter Thirteen.
Dec. 5 Waging the War
RECOMMENDED: Global Americans (2018), Chapter Fourteen.

Dec. 9, 2018, Monday - Final Exam Due by noon