"In the beginning, all the world was America . . ."

John Locke, 
English philosopher 1632-1704

History 211W- 01

Dr. Phyllis Hunter
Fall 2002
Office: 224C McIver 

Hours: Tue: 4:00-5:00 & Wed 1:30 2:30 
Phone:  334-5208    Email:  pwhunter@uncg.edu

Go to OUT OF MANYwebsite

Workshop -- Slavery in Virginia
Workshop -- Constitutional Debates
WEB LAB -- Valley Of The Shadow


This writing intensive 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 and, to improve your ability to write analytically. 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 in the United States up to 1865.

    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; third, 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.



Out of Many: A History of the American People Volume 1, 3rd ed. by John Mack Faragher, Mari Jo Buhle, Daniel Czitrom, and Susan H. Armitage (Prentice Hall, 1997).

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.

  1. Students will have a basic knowledge of the broad themes and changes in American history from 1490 to 1865.
  2. Students will learn how material factors and cultural beliefs interacted to shape experience in the American past.
  3. Students will gain an understanding of what life was like for ordinary people in various periods and places.
  4. Students will learn to analyze and synthesize information from a variety of sources such as texts, primary documents, videos, class discussions, lectures, group projects, debates, and web sites.
  5. Students will gain experience in presenting their ideas and analysis in oral and written formats.
  6. Students will have an opportunity to engage in historical imagination and enjoy the process of learning history.


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 (indicated on the class schedule) is required for several of the chapters and is due at the first class for each Topic.  The assignments can be found on the Course WebPage. It is each student's responsibility to get the assignment even if absent from class and to complete it on time. Late assignments will not be accepted, however, each student may omit one of the Reading Analysis assignments without penalty. There will be one mid-term exam and one final exam. Attendance is required and more than two absences will adversely affect your grade. Always bring both books and your notes to class with you.

TopFinal Project:

The final project is based on group work that will utilize primary and secondary 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 or place that will be presented in 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 20%

Reading analyses and short papers 40%

Mid-Term Exam 10%

Final Project 15%

Final Exam 15% = 100%





Reading: Out of Many , Chap 1 (optional).

Mon Aug 19        Introduction
Wed Aug 21     Black Robe

Topic 1 -- Cultural Encounters

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

Mon --  Aug26 Workshop:Views of Early America
Wed Aug 28   Class discussion

 Topic 2 -- Regional Differences

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

Wed  Sept 4    Class discussion

Topic 3 -- Slavery Comes to America

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

Mon  -- Sept 9     Origins of Slavery
Wed --  Sept 11    Workshop: Slavery in Virginia

Topic 4 -- 18th Century Changes

Reading: Out of Many,  Chap 5. Reading Analysis

Mon Sept 16       Class discussion
Wed Sept 18     Group Work -- Characters

Topic 5 -- War, Politics, and Society

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

Mon  -- Sept 23     Interpreting the Revolution
Wed Sept 25      Mary Silliman's War

Mon  -- Sept 30     Group Work -- Documents
Wed Oct 2     Mid-Term Exam


Topic 6 -- A New Government: Two Visions

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

Mon Oct 7     Class Discussion.   Character Paper Due.
Wed Oct 9Debate preparation.

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

Wed  -- Oct 16 Workshop : The Constitution
Mon Oct 21The Constitution: A Debate. Revised Character Paper Due

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.*
Reading Analysis (Chapter 10 & 11)Due Monday Oct 28

Wed Oct 23Denmark Vesey
Mon Oct 28 Class Discussion & Documents

Topic 9 -- New Workers in New Towns

Reading: Out of Many, Chap 12;
Reading Analysis

 Wed--Oct 30 Class Discussion

Topic 10 -- Reforming Society

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

Mon  -- Nov 4 Class Discussion
Wed  -- Nov6     Project Groups

Topic 11 -- Manifest Destiny

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

Mon Nov 11       Class discussion and Map Workshop
Wed Nov 13     Project Groups

Topic 12 -- Free Labor vs. Slave Labor

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

Mon Nov 18Class Discussion


Topic 13 -- Living Through the Civil War

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

Wed Nov 20  Web Lab: Valley of the Shadow

Mon Nov 25       Class discussion.


Final Projects

Mon Dec 2     Presentations of Group Projects

Wed --Dec 4     Presentations of Group Projects

Mon Dec 9Pick up take-home Final Exam

Fri Dec 13Final Exam Due by 5PM in my office.