ENCOUNTERING HISTORY -- HISTORY OF THE U.S. TO 1865



 
"In the beginning, all the world was America . . ."
John Locke, 
English philosopher 1632-1704
History 211 - 03 
Dr. Phyllis Hunter 
Spring 2000
                                              
Office: 224C McIver 
 Hours: T 10:00-10:30 Thur 3:15-4:00 
 Phone:  334-4068 

 
Goals Texts
Requirements Course Schedule
Go to OUT OF MANY website Final Project
Reading Analyses Announcements

 
LAB #1 -- Imaging Early America
LAB #2 -- Slavery in Virginia
LAB #3 -- Constitutional Debates
LAB #4 -- Valley Of The Shadow


Top GOALS ENCOUNTERING HISTORY

This course serves as an introduction to American History at the college level. The purpose of the course is to enable you to use texts, documents, and secondary readings to understand the life experiences of ordinary people from different races and cultures. We will explore how material conditions, that is, the environment, production and consumption of goods, and use of social space interacted with religious, political, and interpersonal beliefs to shape experience. Our goal is to arrive at an understanding of why and how life in the past differed from region to region and changed over time during what is regarded as the first half of the history of the United States.

In addition we will examine the "construction" of history in three ways: one, by developing our own interpretations of primary sources; two, by discussing important and sometimes conflicting secondary works and thirdly, by evaluating primary documents on the World Wide Web.  In these ways, we can begin to see that history is an interpretation of the past shaped by the concerns of the present.


Top TEXTS

REQUIRED TEXT

Out of Many: A History of the American People Volume 1, 2nd ed. by John Mack Faragher, Mari Jo Buhle, Daniel Czitrom, and Susan H. Armitage (Prentice Hall, 1997).

History on the Internet. (Comes shrink wrapped with text)

The South in the History of the Nation Volume 1, ed. William A. Link and Marjorie Spruill Wheeler (Bedford's/St Martins, 1999)

All texts are available for purchase at the College Bookstore.


Top REQUIREMENTS Class Preparation:

The most important requirement for this course is a careful reading of the assignments and thoughtful participation in class discussion and group exercises. The assigned reading must be done before coming to class. To prepare for class participation, the student should take notes on the reading and develop questions for class discussion.  A Reading Analysis assignment for each chapter (except 7 and 8) will help you focus your thoughts on the reading.  The assignments can be found on the Course WebPage. It is each student's responsibility to complete in a timely manner any class writing assignments even if absent from class. Late assignments will not be accepted. There will be one mid-term exam and one final exam. Attendance is required and more than two absences will adversely affect your grade. Please bring both books and notes to class with you.

Top Final Project:

The final project is based on group work that will utilize primary sources and the understanding of developments in American history gained during the course to create a biography or community study of a real or imaginary historical figure(s), place, or event that will be presented to the class. The final project can take the form of a play, video, or a web page linked to the Course web site if approved by Dr. Hunter well in advance. Detailed instructions will be provided later in the semester.


Course Grades:

Class Participation & Group Work 30%

Character Paper and other Writing Assignments 20%

Mid-Term Exam 10%

Final Project 20%

Final Exam 20% = 100%


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CLASS SCHEDULE

PART I -- INVENTING AMERICA

Introduction

Reading: Out of Many, Chap 1.

Tue -- Jan 11   Introduction
Thur -- Jan 13   Many Cultures
 


Topic 1 -- Cultural Encounters

Reading: Out of Many, Chap 2; The South, Chap 1

Tue -- Jan 18   Web Lab #1: Images of Early America -- McIver 231
Thur-- Jan 20  Black Robe
Tue -- Jan 25   Class discussion

 Topic 2 -- Regional Differences

Reading: Out of Many,  Chap 3; The South, No. 10 (in Chap 2 pp 54-55).

Thur -- Jan 27     Evidence and Interpretation


Topic 3 -- Slavery Comes to America

Reading: Out of Many,  Chap 4; The South, No. 14

Tue -- Feb 1     Web LAB #2: Slavery in Virginia -- McIver 231
Thur-- Feb 3    Origins of Slavery
 


Topic 4 -- 18th Century Changes

Reading: Out of Many,  Chap 5.

Tue -- Feb 8     Class discussion
Thur -- Feb 10   Group Work -- Characters


Topic 5 -- War, Politics, and Society

Reading: Out of Many, Chap 6 and pp.174-188; The South, No. 19

Tue -- Feb 15     Interpreting the Revolution
Thur-- Feb 17    Mid-Term Exam

SPRING BREAK!

Tue -- Feb 28 OFF
Thur -- Mar 2 OFF
 


PART II -- CREATING A NEW NATION FOR WHOM?

 

Topic 6 -- A New Government: Two Visions

Reading: Out of Many, Finish Chap.7 and all of Chap.8; (*NB long assignment)

Tue -- Mar 7    Web Lab #3: The Constitution -- McIver 231.
Thur -- Mar 9   First Character Paper Due. Two Visions and Debate preparation

 

Topic 7 -- A New Republic for Whom?

Reading: Out of Many, Chap 9.; The South, Nos. 23, 25, 26.

Tue -- Mar 14   The Constitution: A Debate
Thur -- Mar 16   Robert Hughes, American Visions: Republic of Virtue

 

Topic 8 -- Jackson and the Growth of the Cotton Kingdom

Reading: Out of Many, Chap 10 & 11; The South, No. 33, 34 (Jackson only 90-91), 35.*

Tue -- Mar 21   Class Discussion
Thur-- Mar 23   Denmark Vesey
 

Topic 9 -- New Workers in New Towns

Reading: Out of Many, Chap 12;

 Tue -- Mar 28   Class Discussion
Thur -- Mar 30   Map Workshop
 

Topic 10 -- Reforming Society

Reading: Out of Many, Chap 13; The South, No. 38

Tue -- Apr 4   Class Discussion
Thur -- Apr 6   Project Groups
 

Topic 11 -- Manifest Destiny

Reading: Out of Many, Chap 14; The South, Nos. 41 and 42.

Tue -- Apr 11   Map Workshop
Thur -- Apr 13  Project Groups
 

Topic 12 -- Free Labor vs. Slave Labor

Reading: Out of Many, Chap 15; The South, No. 49 (pg. 267-274)

Tue -- Apr 18  Class Discussion
 


Topic 13 -- Living Through the Civil War

Reading: Out of Many, Chap 16; The South, No. 51 and 52.

Thur -- Apr 20  Web Lab #4: Valley of the Shadow -- McIver 231
 

Final Projects

Tues -- Apr 25   Presentations of Group Projects
Thur -- Apr 27   Presentations of Group Projects (Web Lab Available)
 

May 2      Last Class -- Review for Final Exam
May 9      Final Exam