History of Early America Colonial Period to the Civil War



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History of Early America

Colonial Period to the Civil War

History 10 (#6374) Spring 2003; TTh 8:00-9:30, W-131


Instructor: Dr. David Lehman

Office Hours M-220: MW 10-11:00 a.m.; TTh 11-12:30 p.m. e-mail: dlehman@lbcc.edu Office phone: 938-4339


Course Objectives: History 10 is an introduction to American history from the colonial period to the Civil War (from roughly 1550 to 1865). Since this is an introductory course, we will focus on the big questions of early American history: why did Europeans come to America? How did the native peoples of the Americas cope with and respond to this intrusion? Why and how did African slavery develop in the American colonies? What was the significance of the American Revolution? How did this revolutionary beginning affect the development of the new nation between 1776 and 1865? Why did the new nation eventually rupture into two societies--one based on slavery and the other on free labor? We will use a number of different strategies to explore these themes: lectures, class discussions, watching videos and examining documents that the participants of history have left behind. The main objectives of this course are to help you develop historical thinking and writing skills and to make you more aware of the influence of the nation’s past on the present.
Grading: Your grade in this course will be based on two midterms, two short papers, class participation and attendance, and a final examination. A choice of paper topics will be given to you, based on your reading of two important autobiographies from early American history. The three exams will have both multiple choice and essay questions. I will provide a set of study questions to help you prepare for the essays. The essay questions will be taken directly from the list provided to you. If you must be absent for a midterm examination, I will allow a make-up exam once, provided you inform me of the absence ahead of time. There will be no make-up of missed in-class assignments.

First midterm 20%

Second midterm 20%

Papers 20%


Attendance/In-class assignments 20%

Final Exam 20%

100%

Attendance Policy: Regular attendance is a required element of the course and an important part of success at the college level. Attendance will be taken in every class and will be a part of your final grade. Absence from more than 20% of the classes (7 class periods) will result in a failing grade in attendance/participation and may lead to the student being dropped from the class.



Reading: This course has three required texts, available in the bookstore.

James Henretta, et al., America: A Concise History, 2nd edition, vol. 1

Louis P. Masur, ed., The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

David Blight, ed., Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass



Course Outline


History 10, Spring 2003
Reading Assignment from

the Henretta text

Week 1

Jan. 14-16 Introduction/Worlds Collide Chapter 1



Week 2


Jan. 21-23 Strategies of European Colonization Chapter 2

Week 3

Jan. 28-30 Slavery and Colonial Societies Chapter 3



Week 4

Feb. 4-6 The British Colonies in the 18th Century Chapter 4


Week 5

Feb. 11-13 Resistance and Revolution

(1st short paper due)

Week 6


Feb. 18 First Midterm Exam

Feb. 20 Resistance and Revolution (cont.) Chapter 5



Week 7

Feb. 25-27 Independence and the Revolutionary War Chapter 6


Week 8

March 4 No class—Flex Day

March 6 A New Political Order Chapter 7

Week 9

March 11-13 The Constitution and the Federalist Era




Week 10

March 18-20 The Jeffersonian Era Chapter 8


Week 11

March 25-27 Western Settlement and the Solidification of Slavery Chapter 9


History 10

Section 6374/Spring 2003

Week 12

April 1 Second midterm exam

April 3 The Economic Revolution, 1815-1850 Chapter 10

Week 13

April 8-10 Jacksonian America Chapter 11



Week 14

April 15-17 Politics and Slavery Douglass


Autobiography

No Classes Week of April 21-25—Spring Break



Week 15


April 29- Westward Expansion and Growing Crisis Chapter 13

May 1 (Second Paper Due)



Week 16

May 6-8 The Civil War Chapter 14



Week 17


May 13-15 Civil War and Final Review

Final Exam—Tuesday, May 20, 8:00 a.m.





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