The Ohio State University History 151 Winter Quarter 2009 History 151: American Civilization to 1877

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The Ohio State University History 151 Winter Quarter 2009

History 151: American Civilization to 1877

Class Location: Cockins Hall (CH) 0312

Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30pm-5:18pm
Instructor: R.A. Bennett, III [322 Dulles Hall;]

Office Hours: Wednesday, 8am-10am, and by appointment.

Course Description: History 151 is an introduction to American civilization from the age of exploration and colonization through the Civil War and Reconstruction, focusing on the development of American society, culture, politics, and economy. Over the course of the quarter we will discuss themes such as the nature of interaction of Native Americans and Europeans and the formation of various colonial systems, imperial warfare, the institution of slavery and its impact on African peoples in the Americas, the coming of the American Revolution and the creation of the American republic, the impact of industrialization, the age of Jackson, the events that led to the Civil War and its aftermath in Reconstruction. Within these and other themes we will pay special attention to events and patterns developed along timelines tracing political, economic, religious, and racial developments.

Objectives: This course is designed to help you to develop:

1. A stronger ability to assess and think critically about historical issues and the ways they might be interpreted;

2. A basic factual and thematic knowledge of this historical time period and place;

3. A stronger ability to analyze historical information and to reach informed conclusions about that information.

This course satisfies part of the GEC History Requirement

PLEASE NOTE: All students must be officially enrolled in the course by the end of the second full week of the quarter. No requests to add the course will be approved by the instructor or the department chair after that time. Enrolling officially and on time is solely the responsibility of each student.
Students with disabilities that have been certified by the Office for Disability Services will be appropriately accommodated, and should inform the instructor as soon as possible of their needs. The Office for Disability Services is located in 150 Pomerene Hall, 1760 Neil Avenue

Telephone 292-3307, TDD 292-0901
Required Books: You should be able to find copies of the books in any of the major bookstores around campus… used copies should be available for all except the RTAP (which can only be found at SBX)

Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty: An American History, Vol. 1

Retrieving the American Past (RTAP) This is a customized reader for this section of History 151. Make sure you buy the correct edition: H151/R.Bennett.


ID Assignments/Quizzes 20%

Paper: 20%

Midterm Exam: 20%

Final Exam: 20%

Attendance: 20%


The midterm exam (February 5, 2009) and the final exam (March 12, 2009) will both require you to write short essays and identification responses, and possibly include multiple-choice questions. The midterms will cover the first two sections section of the course while the final may have a cumulative component, but will have a distinct focus on the third portion of the course.


The take-home paper assignment (due March 12, 2009) is designed to provide you with an opportunity to think critically about primary source documents and their relationship to our knowledge of American history. You will be provided with a paper prompt and further explanation of the assignment in the near future. The papers are to be 4-6 pages, typed in Times New Roman font (size 12), double spaced, and written in clear, correct prose. If the papers are not provided in the template set forth, you will earn a zero (0) for the assignment. Be mindful that whenever you use the ideas of others, you must so indicate in a footnote or some other acceptable method. Borrowing the words or ideas of others without acknowledgment is plagiarism and will not be tolerated. All cases of academic misconduct will be handled by the appropriate university committees.

ID Assignments:

Over the course of the quarter you will be asked to complete three to five (5) ID assignments based upon the readings in the textbook, Give Me Liberty! An American History Each class, a handout will be provided with terms for the upcoming reading assignment. With each assignment you are to write a one paragraph ID response to be turned in at the beginning of the next class. Your paragraph must discuss the following basic elements: Who was involved? What happened? Where did it take place? When did it occur? Finally (and most critically), Why is this important? These assignments will help you focus a portion of your regular reading to critical analysis.


Throughout the quarter, unannounced quizzes will be given during class time. The quizzes will be designed to test your knowledge of materials drawn from the reading assignments due on that day, especially the supplemental readings from the RTAP. These quizzes can only be made up if you have a valid doctor’s excuse for an absence or if you have made previous arrangements with me for a valid preplanned absence.


Schedule of Lecture Topics, Readings, and Written Assignments
Part I. Native Americans, Colonial Foundations, and Slavery
Week 1.

January 6: Class Introduction
January 8: Foner, Ch. 1; RTAP, The Historical Legacies of Christopher Columbus

Week 2.

January 13: Foner, Ch. 2; RTAP, The Indians’ New World, Native Americans Challenge Mass. Bay’s Authority
January 15: Foner, Ch. 3;. RTAP, Marriage in Colonial America
Week 3.

January 20: NO CLASS
January 22: Foner, Ch. 4.

ID Assignment due at the end of class January 22, 2009

Part II. The American Revolution and Early Republic
Week 4.

January 27:Foner, Ch. 5.; RTAP, Who Could Vote in Colonial Amercan Society?, The Declaration of Independence
January 29:Foner, Ch. 6.; RTAP, The Radicalism of the American Revolution

Week 5.

February 3: Foner, Ch. 7.; RTAP, The Struggle over the Constitution, The Constitution of the United States

February 5: MIDTERM EXAM
Week 6.

February 10: Foner, Ch. 8.

February 12: Foner, Ch. 9
ID Assignment due at the end of class February 12, 2009

Part III. Establishing the Democracy
Week 7.

February 17: Foner, Ch. 10; RTAP, Andrew Jackson and Cherokee Removal, Cherokee Removal as Benevolent Policy, Memorial and Protest of the Cherokee Nation
February 19: Foner, Ch.11
Week 8.

February 24: RTAP, Culture and Religion in the Slave Community

February 26: Fonger, Ch. 12; RTAP A Virginia State Official Explains Nat Turner’s Revolt

Week 9.

March 3: Foner, Ch. 13; RTAP, American Slavery as It Is, Opposition to the Compromise of 1850
March 5: Foner, Ch. 14; RTAP, The Confederate Constitution, The Emancipation Proclamation
ID Assignment due at the end of class March 5, 2009
Week 10.

March 10: Foner, Ch. 15.; RTAP, The Thirteenth Amendment

March 12: FINAL EXAM

Final Exam will be held in our classroom.

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