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%
Attendance/In-class assignments 20%
Final Exam 20%
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.