History 7a u. S. History Colonial Period to 1877

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Eloy Zárate Fall 2011, Section # 1123

Office: C405 Mon/Wed. 310-430pm.

Phone: (626)585-3108

Email: eizarate@pasadena.edu

History 7A

U.S. History Colonial Period to 1877

The goal History 7A is to analyze issues relevant to the understanding of North American History from pre—history to Reconstruction. This course will emphasize the various social, political, cultural and economic forces that shaped United States history. Crucial to the interpretations which are the guiding influences of this class will be the historical perspectives of people traditionally ignored by many historians (Chicanos, Native Americans, women, Africans) There will also be an effort to place history of the United States in a world historical context throughout the quarter. It is important to understand that historical events do not occur without having an impact on other regions of the world.

Objective of the Course

Through class lectures, discussion of readings, position papers and films the student will gain an accurate and greater understanding of the study of world history. This objective will be accomplished by:

  1. Developing a degree of independence and thought in the study of U.S. History.

  2. Developing and/or improving skills in written expression.

  3. Developing a better understanding of the relationship between people and the historical process.

Required Texts:

Brands, H.W. American Stories Vol. 1

Kicza, John, Resilient Cultures

Melton, A. Mc Lauren, Celia: A Slave

Johnson, Paul E., A Shopkeepers Millennium: Society and Revivals

Course Requirements: Click on links below to get guidelines for assignments.

  • Students are required to take one mid-term and one final examination, and will write (1) one brief (4-5 page 1000-1250 words) paper based on one of the required texts. (Resilient Cultures or Shopkeeper’s Millennium)   The paper must be typed and double-spaced with one-inch margins in Courier 12 font.  Papers that do not fulfill these standards will not be accepted. Essays must fulfill all standards for historical interpretations.   A student will not receive a grade in the class without completing the required essay and taking the final. To clarify, there are 2 essay opportunities during the semester and a student can only turn in one essay.  No rewrites. 

  • 50% of the discussion grade is a one page discussion paper that is due the Friday before the discussion week.  The other 50% of the discussion grade is given to students who actively and meaningfully contribute to class discussions.  

  • WORD COUNT: A page of written material is equivalent to between 250-275 words regardless if the page fulfills font and margin standards. Discussion papers have minimum counts. Essays must fall within 4-5 pages or 1000-1350 words.

All written assignments must be posted by the deadlines on the class website.   Essays are due 10 minutes before the beginning of the class session for which the assignment is due.  All papers will only be posted electronically (no hard copy is necessary).
Grading will be based on the following work (total points):
Mid-Term 100 points
Final 100 points
Discussion Papers and Participation 350 points

Essay 100 points

Book Quizzes 75 points 3 x 25

Chapter Quizzes 200 points 10 x 20

Presentation 75 points
Total 1000 points
-point assignment grade break-down: Final Grade break down:
A 100-90 1000-900
B 89-80 899-800
C 79-70 799-700

D 69-60 699-600

F 59 and below 599 and below

Classroom Etiquette, Cheating/Plagiarism  & Attendance

·         Please remember that college policy forbids eating, drinking, or smoking in classrooms.  If you engage in any disruptive behavior I will ask to speak to you about it.  The classroom must be a place where there can be a free exchange of ideas.  In order to create this environment, everyone must feel comfortable to express ideas in a manner they believe is reflective of their understanding of the material regardless of their educational or cultural background.  Freedom of speech and the tenets of academic freedom are highly valued in this classroom. The best way to avoid any sort of difficulty is to be consistently professional and treat the instructor and classmates with courtesy.  If you  have concerns, do not hesitate to discuss it with the professor.

·         If you are planning on cheating or plagiarizing….DON’T.  When you are caught, you will receive a zero on the assignment.  If you are found to be cheating or guilty of plagiarism on a paper or the final you will receive an “F” in the course.

·         Class will begin and end as scheduled.  I expect you to be on time, in your seat by the beginning of class and to remain for the entire class period.  All class meetings are required, if you cannot attend class make sure to contact me by phone or e-mail.

  • Attendance Policy: Attendance will be taken each class session. 20 points will be deducted from the students final grade total for every combination of 3 absences/tardies. Absences will be excused with the proper medical or legal documentation. IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO DROP THE CLASS.  ALL CLASS MATERIALS MUST BE RETURNED FOR THE PROFESSOR TO DROP A STUDENT OR GIVE A FINAL GRADE IN THE COURSE.

  • Cell Phone Policy All cell phones and electronic gismos must be turned off (powered off) and put away before entering the classroom. Any student* that does not comply with this policy will be excused from the class meeting. 

  • No electronic reproductions of the in-class lectures and/or images are allowed without the written consent of Prof. Zárate. 

  •    *Students that have special circumstances that require access to a cell phone during the class period must have approval from the instructor prior to the start of class. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate through original written and/or oral analysis their
    ability to identify important events in historical eras; evaluate variables of
    historical phenomena; and analyze the causes and impact of significant change in
    a global context. 

  • Students will demonstrate awareness and critique the value of varied sources of
    historical information including professorial lectures, secondary texts, primary
    documents, visual arts, fiction, oral histories, community studies and/or current
    journalistic reports.

  • Students will demonstrate responsibility as self-directed listeners, readers, and

  • Students will compare and contrast the experiences and issues of subsets of
    minorities with that of mainstream in power, including concerns of race, class,
    and gender.

  • Students will demonstrate respect for the diversity of opinions on historical

  • Students will apply their analysis of history to create a plan for fulfilling
    their own civic responsibilities as community and international citizens.

Syllabus and Reading Assignments
Week 1 – August 29-September 2

Topics: Introduction

Traditional History
Readings: Brands Ch. 1, Start Resilient Cultures
Assignments Due:

Wednesday, August 31

  1. Syllabus Quiz (Optional)

Friday, September 2

  1. Discussion Paper on Bender Article Due (250 words)

Week 2- September 5- 9

Topics: Civilization and Networks

Readings: Brands Ch. 1-2, Resilient Cultures, Bender Article

Assignments Due:

Wednesday, September 7

    1. Discussion Bender Article

    2. Chapter 1 Quizzes Due

Friday, September 9

    1. Myhistorylab assignment Ch. 1-2

    2. Brands Chapter 2 Quizzes

Week 3- September 12-16

Topics: Merchant Colonialism

Readings: Brands Ch. 3, Resilient Cultures Discussion

Assignments Due:

Friday, September 16-

  1. Brands Chapter 3 Quiz

  2. Myhistorylab assignment Ch. 3

  3. Discussion Paper Resilient Cultures (500 words)

Week 4—September 19-23

Topics: Clash of Cultures

Readings: Brands Ch. 4, Resilient Cultures Discussion

Assignments Due:

Monday, September 19

  1. Resilient Cultures discussion

Wednesday, September 21

  1. Discussion continued.

Friday, September 23

  1. Brands Chapter 4 Quiz

  2. Myhistorylab assignment Ch. 4

  3. Resilient cultures Quiz

Week 5—September 26-30

Topics: Sugar and Slavery

Readings: Brands Ch. 5, Start reading Shopkeepers Millennium

Assignments Due:

Monday, September 26

  1. Essay Option #1 Due on Resilient Cultures (between 1000 to 1350 words needed)

Friday, September 30

  1. Brands Chapter 5 Quiz

  2. Myhistorylab assignment Ch. 5

Week 6—October 3-7

Topic: Precursors to Revolution

Readings: Brands Ch. 6, Folder

Assignments Due:

Friday, October 7

  1. Brands Chapter 6 Quiz

  2. Myhistorylab assignment Ch. 6

  3. Discussion Paper posted to Turnitin.com on Folder Reading (250 word)

Week 7 – October 10-14
Topics: World Conflicts

Readings: Brands Ch. 7, Folder Articles Completed.

Assignments Due:

Wednesday, October 12

  1. In-class discussion on Folder

Friday, October 14

  1. Brands Chapter Quiz 7

  2. Myhistorylab assignment Ch. 7

Week 8-October 17-21

Topics: Creation of United States

Readings: Brands Ch. 8

Assignments Due:

Monday, October 17

  1. Midterm

Friday, October 21

  1. Brands Chapter Quiz 8

  2. Myhistorylab assignment Ch. 8

Week 9- October 24-28

Topics: Hamilton’s Dream

Readings: Brands Ch. 9, Shopkeepers’ Millennium Due

Assignments Due:

Friday, October 28

  1. Discussion Paper posted to Turnitin.com for Shopkeepers’ Millennium (250 word minimum)

  2. Brands Chapter 9 Quiz

  3. Myhistorylab assignment Ch. 9

Week 10— October 31-November 4

Topics: Market Revolution

Readings: Brands Ch. 10

Assignments Due:

Monday October 31st

  1. Discussion Shopkeepers Millennium

Friday, November 4

  1. Brands Chapter 10 Quiz

  2. Myhistorylab assignment Ch. 10

  3. Shopkeeper’s Millennium Quiz

Week 11—November 7-11

Topics: Manifest Destiny

Readings: Brands Ch. 11

Assignments Due:

Monday, November 7

  1. Essay Option #2, Shopkeepers’ Millennium posted to Turnitin.com (1000-1300 words)

Friday, November 11

  1. Celia, A Slave Discussion Paper Due, (500 Words)

  2. Brands Chapter 11 Quiz

  3. Myhistorylab assignment Ch. 11

Week 12—November 14-18

Topic: Slavery

Sectional Conflict

Readings: Brands Ch. 12, Celia, a slave due

Assignments Due:

Monday, November 14

  1. Discussion of Celia

Wednesday, November 16

  1. Continuation of Celia Discussion

Friday, November 18

  1. Brands Chapter 12 Quiz

  2. Myhistorylab assignment Ch. 12

  3. Celia Quiz

Week 13—November 21-25

Topic: Civil War

Readings: Brands Ch. 13

Assignments Due:

Friday, November 23

  1. Brands Chapter 13 Quiz

  2. Myhistorylab assignment Ch. 13

Week 14---November 28- December 2

Topics: Occupation or Reconstruction?

Readings: Brands Ch. 14

Assignments due:

Friday, December 2

  1. Brands Chapter 14 Quiz

  2. Myhistorylab assignment Ch. 14

Week 15—December 5-9

Topics: Reconstruction

Readings: Brands Ch. 15-16

Assignments Due:

Wednesday, December 7

  1. Presentations begin, Outline Due

Friday, December 9

  1. Brands Chapter Quizzes 15-16

  2. Myhistorylab assignment Ch. 16-16

Week 16—December 12-16

Chapter one— Due September 9, 11:59pm

Map Activity

Interactive Map: Native American Population Loss, 1500–1700

Take Quiz


Author Video Podcast: So Why Did Columbus Sail Across the Atlantic Anyway?

Take Quiz

Chapter 2— Due September 9 11:59pm

Document Activity

Agreement Between the Settlers at New Plymouth (Mayflower Compact)

Take Quiz

CHAPTER 3-- Due September 16, 11:59pm

Document Activity

Navigation Acts

Take Quiz

CHAPTER 4-- Due September 23, 11:59pm

Map Activity

Interactive Map - The Seven Years’ War

Take Quiz

CHAPTER 5-- Due September 30, 11:59pm

Map Activity

Interactive Map: Territorial Claims in Eastern America after Treaty of Paris

Take Quiz

CHAPTER 6--Due October 7, 11:59pm

Video Activity

Author Video Podcast: Slavery and the Constitution

Take Quiz

CHAPTER 7-- Due October 14, 11:59pm

Document Activity

Reports on Manufactures

Take Quiz

CHAPTER 8-- Due October 21, 11:59pm

Video Activity

Author Video Podcast: Lewis and Clark: what were they trying to accomplish?

Take Quiz

CHAPTER 9-- Due October 28, 11:59pm

Map Activity

Interactive Map: Missouri Compromise of 1820-1821

Take Quiz

CHAPTER 10— Due November 4, 11:59pm

Map Activity

Interactive Map: Slave Population Patterns, 1790 and 1860

Take Quiz

CHAPTER 11— Due November 11, 11:59pm


An Account of the Late Intended Insurrection Among a Portion of the Blacks of this City

Take Quiz

CHAPTER 12— Due November 18 11:59pm

Video Activity

Author Video Podcast: Drinking and the Temperance Movement in Nineteenth-Century America

Take Quiz

Video Activity

Author Video Podcast: Religious Troublemakers of the 19th Century

Take Quiz

CHAPTER 13— Due November 23, 11:59pm

Map Activity

Interactive Map: Mexican-American War, 1846-1848

Take Quiz

CHAPTER 14— Due December 2, 11:59pm

Document Activity

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858

Take Quiz

CHAPTER 15— Due December 9, 11:59pm

Video Activity

Author Video Podcast: The meaning of the Civil War for Americans

Take Quiz

CHAPTER 16— Due December 9, 11:59pm

Document Activity

Trial of Susan B. Anthony, on the Charge of Illegal Voting, at the Presidential Election in Nov., 1872

Take Quiz

Map Activity

Interactive Map - Reconstruction

Take Quiz

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