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History 1301

United States History I


Credits:  3 semester hours                                                               

Prerequisite: ENGL 0305 AND ENGL 0307 or 0356, OR higher level course (ENGL 1301), OR placement by testing

Instructor: Professor Peggy Lambert                                                      

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


Office hours:  10:00-11:30 am, M-Th

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).

 "When I want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will happen tomorrow, I look back. A page of history is worth a volume of logic."

                                                                                        Oliver Wendell Holmes

History 1301 provides a survey of U.S. history from Pre-Contact Societies through Reconstruction.  Themes to be developed include westward expansion and globalization, slavery, Native Americans, and religious and social changes.  An additional purpose of this course is to introduce students to the skills and practices of 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.

In order to be successful in this course, students need to be self-motivated and conscientious.  While the instructor is available for help, students are essentially undertaking a voyage into the American past with only a map to follow.  Good luck on your journey! 

Learning Outcomes for HIST 1301

  • Trace the political, economic and social transformations from Pre-Contact Societies to the end of the colonial era.

  • Trace the political, economic and social transformations from American Revolutionary War to the Early National Period.

  • Trace the political, economic and social transformations from the antebellum period to the end of the Civil War

  • Analyze the effects of slavery and African Americans on American politics, economics, and society.

  • Examine the effects of Westward expansion and globalization on American politics, economics and society.

  • Analyze the effects of religious and social changes on the United States.

  • Examine the effects of native Americans on American politics, economics, and society.

 Orientation & Helpdesk

There is no face-to-face orientation for this class.  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.


Assigned Readings

Order books online by going to the district’s bookstore link.  Books may be shipped to your home or to the Lone Star bookstore of your choice for pickup.  There also are a number of online textbook sources such as Amazon. 



·         Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History (Brief 8th Edition),  Vol. 1, Norton


·         Masur, 1831: Year of Eclipse, Hill and Wang

·         McLaurin, Celia, A Slave, Avon Books

During the course, you will need the Tindall & Shi textbook, the Masur book, and the McLaurin book.  You will be taking separate book quizzes over the supplements.

 Please make sure you purchase your books before the start of the term. 

Additional supplemental readings will be hot linked within the course units.



Students will be expected to respond to the instructor's questions and each other on the discussion board.  Please remember to check the course pages for mail messages and always check for announcements and new discussion posts.  The class discussion board will mimic a regular class discussion so please interact with one another and with my discussion prompts.   You will need to post an original post to the discussion prompts before being allowed to respond to classmates.  Plan on responding in a meaningful way to other students on each topic.  No late discussion posts will be accepted.

 Please note that I try to avoid participating in the class discussion since past experience has convinced me that doing so impedes a free exchange of ideas; however, I may enter the discussion if it gets off track.  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.  Since this is a college class, I expect all writing to be at college level.  Do not slip into "casual chat."  Also, please read all appropriate material before responding to the prompts.

Students are also encouraged to explore historical sites on the Internet and share their finds with their fellow students.

Your participation grade will represent 20% of your semester grade.  You must have substantive interaction with other students on the board in order to earn an “A” in class participation.  Please note that I do not grade posts after the due date or those placed under incorrect topics. No late discussion prompts will be accepted.

All course correspondence should be done using the class mail system and discussion board.  Use my college email address only for dire emergencies or when Angel is down for an extended time period. 

Exams & Quizzes

There will be a short quiz over the syllabus and an examination for each of the five units of the course.  Exams will be completed online and will consist of 50 objective questions, based on assigned textbook material and hot linked readings and films for each unit.  Unit assignments can be found under the Lessons tab on the course homepage.  There also will be a quiz over the Masur and McLaurin books.  Check the course calendar for exam and quiz dates.  The exams/quizzes are timed, and no two students will have the same exam.  The LSC help desk suggests that students use Mozilla Firefox as their browser when taking exams.  Make sure that you close all other windows when taking exams.  Also, be very conscious of time when taking exams since Angel will delete all answers on exams/quizzes when a student exceeds the allotted time.  Therefore, I have extended all exam and quiz periods by 15 minutes, and you should plan on submitting your exams/quizzes at least 5 minutes before the designated time limit. You also need to avoid periods of inactivity when taking exams/quizzes since Angel may time you out, erasing all answers.  In cases of technical problems, I will allow one exam/quiz reset without penalty.  If a student continues to have technical problems taking exams/quizzes, he or she will have to take all subsequent exams/quizzes in an approved testing site.   Avoid waiting until the last minute to take exams/quizzes since that is when technical problems always seem to arise.  I will not accept any late exams or quizzes (unless there is a Lone Star technical failure), but I will drop your lowest exam score.  


 Drop Policy

It is your responsibility to drop a course or withdraw from the college, but you may need my approval to do so.   Do not count upon the instructor to drop you if you choose not to complete the course.  If you decide to drop, you probably first will need to obtain my approval using the Angel mail system.


Semester grades will be based on the following:

  • Syllabus quiz = 5%

  • Exam average = 50%

  • Book quiz average for supplements = 25%

  • Class participation = 20%

The standard college policy is followed for all grades:

A    90-100

B    80-89

C    70-79

D    60-69

F    Below 60

Finally, just because this is a distance course does not mean you do not have access to your instructor.  Please feel free to contact me.  If you are having difficulty with the course, I may be able to help.  I truly enjoy visiting with students. 

 Academic Integrity

 The Lone Star College System upholds the core values of learning: honesty, respect, fairness, and accountability. The system promotes the importance of personal and academic honesty. The system embraces the belief that all learners – students, faculty, staff and administrators – will act with integrity and honesty and must produce their own work and give appropriate credit to the work of others. Fabrication of sources, cheating, or unauthorized collaboration is not permitted on any work submitted within the system. The consequences for academic dishonesty are determined by the professor, or the professor and academic dean, or the professor and chief student services officer and can include but are not limited to:

1. Having additional class requirements imposed,

2. Receiving a grade of zero or “F” for an exam or assignment,

3. Receiving a grade of “F” for the course,

4. Being withdrawn from the course or program,

5. Being expelled from the college system.

 ADA Statement

Lone Star College-Kingwood 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.

 Computer Virus Protection

 Computer viruses are, unfortunately, a fact of life. Using the diskettes on more than one computer creates the possibility of infecting computers and diskettes with a computer virus. This exposes the computers of the college, your personal computer, and any others you may be using to potentially damaging viruses. The college has aggressive anti-virus procedures in place to protect its computers, but cannot guarantee that a virus might not temporarily infect one of its machines. It is your responsibility to protect all computers under your control and use and ensure that each diskette you use, whenever or wherever you use it, has been scanned with anti-virus software. Since new viruses arise continually, your anti-virus software must be kept current. And, since no anti-virus software will find every virus, keeping copies of data (backups) is extremely important.

Safety Statement

 Lone Star College System (LSCS) is committed to maintaining the safety of the students, faculty, staff, and guests while visiting any of our campuses. See for details. Register at to receive emergency notifications. In the event of an emergency contact LSCS Police at (281) 290-5911 or X5911.






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