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History 1301

United States History I-Honors


Credits:  3 semester hours                                                               Prerequisites: none

Instructor: Professor Peggy Lambert                                                      

Phone: 281-312-1480 (Please leave a message); Fax: 281-312-1577


Office hours: 8:30-10:00 am & 1:00-1:30 pm, M & W; 1:00-2:30 pm, TTh

Chair Social Science: Steve Davis -; phone 281-312-1645

 Dean BTSS Division: Elizabeth Chapman -; phone 281-312-1670 

Department Counselor; Sharon Kenemore -; phone 281-312-1574

Professor Response Time: When communicating with the instructor, students can expect 24 - 48 hours response time. (The normal response time is usually much shorter; however, this is the guideline).

History 1301 provides a survey of U.S. history from the Age of Discovery through Reconstruction. Special emphasis will be placed on historical myths associated with this period of American history, especially with those associated with Cultural Clash, Puritan society and witch trials, the American Revolution, nation building, westward expansion and the Civil War. In addition to its emphasis on the above topics, this honors section of History 1301 should help students gain a greater appreciation for the diversity of American historical experiences. Students should leave this class with greater research abilities and improved communication and critical thinking skills.

William Faulkner once said “History isn’t dead. It isn’t even history.” History is a subject, which enables man to grasp a relationship with the past and then proceed forward with some sense of security. As well as serving this end, history may also be read for amusement, for its richness, or for its drama. History is not static nor is it drab. It is alive in many ways, constantly being reborn as mankind changes its perspective. Thus, while the best history endures over the years, each generation has to rewrite its own view of the past for its own purposes.

Learning Outcomes for History 1301

  • Explain the factors contributing to the beginning of the European Age of Discovery and assess the impact of the contact and interchange between the New and Old World.

  • Trace the patterns of settlement and social, political, and economic developments in colonial North America.

  • Analyze the factors leading to the American Revolution, describe the events of the Revolution, and consider the nature of the Revolution and its impact upon the people who lived through it.

  • Trace the social, political, and economic developments during the Federalist period. Account for the movement to change from the Articles of Confederation to a stronger, more nationally oriented government.

  • Analyze the principles considered and incorporated into the Constitution, and account for the success of the movement to ratify the Constitution.

  • Explain the dramatic changes in the 1812 post-war era. Account for the westward surge of Americans, and assess the impact of western expansion.

  • Trace the social, political, and economic developments that led to the rise of mass democracy during the first half of the 19th century.

  • Describe the popularity of Andrew Jackson, and explain how he was a good example of the coming of the era of the common man to American politics.

  • Account for the growing sectionalism in the nation. Explain the outbreak of the Civil War, and trace the major military, political, economic, and social developments of the war.

  • Trace the development of Reconstruction, and define its impact on African-Americans in the South.

  • Identify the key historical issues that have developed in early American History, such as the American Revolution, government building, slavery, and the Civil War, and explain the historiographical analyses that pertain to each.

Assigned Readings

  • Lowen, James, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong (Touchstone: 2007), ISBN-10:0743296281 or ISBN-13:978-0743296281

  • Marszalek, The Petticoat Affair : Manners, Mutiny, and Sex in Andrew Jackson’s White House (LSU), ISBN: 0-8071-2634-9 

  • Finkelman, Paul, Defending Slavery: Proslavery Thought in the Old South, (Bedford), ISBN: 0-312-13327-8

You also will need to use one standard approved American history textbook during the course of the term. Additional readings will be distributed as handouts or put on reserve in the library or linked from the Angel class site.

Orientation & Helpdesk

The district's distance orientation for Angel can be found at

Bookmark it and read it carefully so that you can understand how to use Angel.

The Lone Star Distance Helpdesk phone number is on the bottom of all course pages in Angel.  Contact the helpdesk regarding any technical issues.

The Angel mail feature is a good way to contact me.


This class will be based on a seminar format in which all students thoughtfully participate in discussions. Therefore, it is vital that all required materials be read before class. Since this class is small, timid students still should be able to feel comfortable about participating. Outgoing students should also be careful not to “dominate” the discussion. Diversity of opinions is encouraged because we all can learn from “listening” to others, but classroom civility must be maintained at all times. There also will be alternate assignments such as discussions on the course Angel discussion board. The class discussion board will mimic regular class discussion so please interact with one another and with my discussion prompts. This class may also participate in a service learning project this semester. If students fail to read assigned material, there may be several quizzes over the assigned readings. Any such grades will be calculated into the course participation grade. Please remember to check the course pages, discussion board, and calendar for posts and announcements. Class participation is very important and will represent 40% of your semester grade.

Research Project

There will be one research project this semester. More information on this will be provided later. Evaluation of written work will focus not only on content but also on clarity, organization, coherence, and use of standard edited written English. The premise is simple: for content to impress it must be effectively communicated.

Please check with me regarding due dates. No papers will be accepted beyond their established due dates. Students also will make a formal presentation of their papers to the class that may also include power point presentations, visual aids, or other similar material. The research project paper will represent 30% of the semester grade and the presentation will account for 10% of the semester grade.


Students will be expected to make weekly entries into a journal. These entries should reflect opinions on the readings and class discussions from the week. These journals will be collected several times throughout the term. The journal grade average will represent 20% of the semester grade.

Drop Policy

It is your responsibility to drop a course or withdraw from the college. Do not count upon the instructor to drop you if you choose not to complete the course. November 14th is the last day to drop and receive a “W.”


Semester grades will be based on the following:

        1. Class participation (Angel and class) = 40%

        2. Research Paper = 30%

  • Research Presentations = 10%

  • Journals = 20%

The standard college policy is followed for all grades:









F 59 and below

Academic Integrity

 The district has taken a zero tolerance policy on plagiarism, misrepresentation of credentials, collusion, cheating, etc. In the Lone Star College Catalog, pg. 64, it states that the Lone Star College System is committed to a high standard of academic integrity in the academic community. In becoming a part of the academic community, students are responsible for honesty and independent effort. Failure to uphold these standards includes, but is not limited to, the following: plagiarizing written work or projects, cheating on exams or assignments, collusion on an exam or project, and misrepresentation of credentials or prerequisites when registering for a course. Cheating includes looking at or copying from another student's exam, orally communicating or receiving answers during an exam, having another person take an exam or complete a project or assignment, using unauthorized notes, texts, or other materials for an exam, and obtaining or distributing an unauthorized copy of an exam or any part of an exam. Plagiarism means passing off as his/her own the ideas or writings of another (that is, without giving proper credit by documenting sources). Plagiarism includes submitting a paper, report or project that someone else has prepared, in whole or in part. Collusion is inappropriately collaborating on assignments designed to be completed independently. These definitions are not exhaustive. When there is clear evidence of cheating, plagiarism, collusion or misrepresentation, disciplinary action may include but is not limited to: requiring you to retake or resubmit an exam or assignment, assigning a grade of zero or "F" for an exam or assignment; or assigning a grade of "F" for the course. Additional sanctions including being withdrawn from the course, program or expelled from school may be imposed on a students who violate the standards of academic integrity.

Any cheating in this course will result in a grade of zero on that assignment.

ADA Statement

Lone Star College is dedicated to providing the least restrictive environment for all students. We promote equity in academic access through the implementation of reasonable accommodations as required by the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title V, Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) which will enable students with disabilities to participate in and benefit from all post-secondary educational activities.

If you require reasonable accommodations because of a physical, mental, or learning disability, please contact the Counseling Office to obtain the necessary information to request accommodations. Upon completion of this process, please notify your instructor as soon as possible and preferably before the end of the first two weeks of class to arrange for reasonable accommodations.

  Software Policy

Law strictly prohibits unauthorized copying of software purchased by Lone Star College for use in laboratories. The college administration will take appropriate disciplinary action against anyone violating copyright laws.

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