West Valley College Fall 2017

UNITED STATES HISTORY
History 17A (3 units)
Section 70105 (M/W 10:55-12:20), Room LASS 26

Tim Kelly, Ph.D.
Office Hours:  M/W/Th 2:00-2:45 and by appt.
Office SS/LA 1E
Ph: (408)741-2546

WELCOME!!!!!

Don't know much about American history but tired of endless lectures?  Well then you've come to the right place.  Who says history has to be boring?  Through multi-media lectures, readings, group activities, and non-print media (film, posters, music), this course will survey the political, social, racial, and institutional history of the United States from colonial times to 1865.

History 17A is a survey of the political, economic, social and cultural history of the United States from the pre-colonial period through the Civil War.  Topics covered include indigenous and European influence on the development of the colonies, the causes and consequences of the War of Independence, the origin and principles of the U.S. Constitution, early industrialization, westward expansion, foreign policy, slavery and its impact on race relations, abolition and other reform movements, and the Civil War and Reconstruction years.

Required Texts

James L. Roark, et. al., Understanding the American Promise:  A History of the United States, Volume 1: to 1877 - 11th Edition (MacMillan, ISBN:  9781457608476) (Referred to as "Text" in the syllabus.)
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself, 3d, Edited by David W. Blight (MacMillan Higher, 2017) (ISBN 9781319048891)
William Manning, The Key of Liberty, Edited by Michael Merrill and Sean Wilentz (Harvard Univ Press, 1993, ISBN:  9780674502888)

Additional reading materials are online at Canvas.  It is highly recommended that you print these articles/documents/short passages out ASAP in case of periodic and unforeseen downtime of the web page.  You are responsible to have each of these readings completed by their assigned day on the syllabus.  

Web Page

A class web page can be found for History 17A at Canvas.  This page contains the syllabus, lecture outlines, PowerPoint lectures, on-line readings, and Study Guides for the Midterm and Final Exam.  

Quizzes

Your two quizzes this semester will be conducted on Canvas rather than in class.  These quizzes cover the textbook, online readings, and lectures (Weeks 1-4 for Quiz 1, and Weeks 9-13 for Quiz 2)  (Click HERE for more instructions, as well as how to log on to Canvas.) 

Attendance Policy

Per the WVC Catalog (see Rights and Responsibilities), regular attendance is mandatory.  Punctuality is also important; therefore roll will be taken at the beginning of the class.  Students will receive a 1 point reduction from their total grade for each tardy.  More than one absence will constitute a reduction of 2 points for each additional absence.  Students missing more than 5 classes in a row before the final drop date may be dropped unless they notify the instructor.

General Class Policies

  1. Cell phones and computers must be turned off in the classroom (NO texting during class!)
  2. Save this syllabus as evidence for transfer to a four-year institution.
  3. Class participation and COMPLETING THE ASSIGNED READING by the beginning of each topic are essential to passing this course.
  4. Late work is marked down 1/3 of a grade for each day that it is handed in late after the end of class when it is due.
  5. Tutoring is available at no charge at Tutorial Services.  It is provided by qualified, trained, students who have been recommended by the faculty.  Contact Tutorial Services in the Library Building or call 741-2038.
  6. Plagiarism/cheating will result in automatic failures for the assignment and offenders will be referred to the CSSO for disciplinary action.  Familiarize yourself with the campus policy on cheating detailed in the College Catalog under Student Conduct Code, 5.8.19 Policy on Cheating.  (You will find examples of what plagiarism is and how to avoid it at http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/wts/plagiarism.html)
  7. West Valley College makes reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. College materials will be available in alternate formats (Braille, audio, electronic format, or large print) upon request.  Please contact the Disability and Educational Support Program at (408) 741-2010 (voice) or (408) 741-2658 (TTY) for assistance.
  8. Student Learning Outcomes will be assess through the Midterm or Final examinations in order to assess the student's ability to explain a historical concept regarding the historical formation and social/political organization of the United States.

Pass/No Pass Option

Students wishing to take this class with the Pass/No Pass grade option must fill out the required form with Admissions and Records (click HERE for the form) no later than the due date specified below (see Dates to Remember).  Faculty no longer play a role in whether students request Pass/No Pass.  See the WVC Catalog under "Academic Regulations and Standards" for more information about this option.  

Course Requirements                                                            Grading Policy:   Grades are awarded on a Standard Scale:
1. One 4-5 page paper 
2. Midterm Exam
3. Final examination
4. Participation
5. Two Quizzes
(250 pts)
(300 pts)
(350 pts)
(50 pts)
(50 points total)


C
D
F
1000 - 900
899 - 800
799 - 700
699 - 600
599 and below

Dates to Remember
9/04:
9/10:
9/27-9/30:
9/29:
HOLIDAY
Last Day to Drop w/out a "W"
QUIZ # 1 Availability online
Last Day to Request P/NP
10/18:
11/15:
11/18:
11/22-11/25:
MIDTERM
Douglass Paper Due
Last day to Drop with a "W"
QUIZ #2 Availability online

FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE:  Monday, December 11,  9:40 - 11:40

 

COURSE OUTLINE

Week 1

8/28
8/30
Introduction:  Two Worlds
Spanish Conquest and the Myth of Columbus

Readings
Text, Chs. 1&2;  ONLINE:  Columbus, Letter to Luis de Sant' Angel; Cabeza de Vaca, "All over the land nothing else was spoken of."


Week 2

9/04
9/06

9/10

HOLIDAY
The English Colonization of North America

LAST DAY TO DROP W/OUT A "W"


Readings:
 
Text, Ch. 3  ONLINE:  Kramer, "Homo Sex in Colonial America"


Week 3

9/11
9/13

The Origins of Slavery in the Colonial South
The Northern Colonies:  New England and the Middle Colonies


Readings:
  Text, Chs. 4 & 5   ONLINE:   http://www.nationalgeographic.com/salem/; Bradford, "Sickness Among the Natives"; Beverly, "Of the Servants and Slaves in Virginia"; "Petition of an Accused Witch"


Week 4

9/18
9/20

"All of Us Americans":  Culture and Politics in Colonial America
Catch-up and Discussion


Readings:
 
Text Ch 6; ONLINE: de Crevecoeur, "What is an American?"; Edwards, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"


Week 5

9/25
9/27

Toward American Independence
The American Revolution
QUIZ #1 
  (Available online at Canvas from 9/27-9/30 until 11:59pm)
LAST DAY to request P/NP from Admissions and Records (9/29)


Readings:  Text, Ch. 7;   Manning, pp. 1-21;. ONLINE:  Adams, "The Rights of the Colonists"; Hulton, "Loyalist View of Colonial Unrest"


Week 6

10/02
10/04
Defining a Republican Society
"A Republic, if you can keep it":  The Constitution


Readings:
  Text, Ch. 8; Manning 28-70;


Week 7

10/09
10/11

Establishing a Republican Society
The Jeffersonian Republic


Readings:
  Text, Ch. 9&10; Manning, pp. 95-170


Week 8

10/16
10/18

Catch-up and Discuss Manning
MIDTERM


Readings:
  Manning, pp. 171-189


Week 9

10/23
10/25

The Market Revolution


Readings:
  Text, Ch 11; Douglass, pp. 1-39;  ONLINE:  Robinson, "The Lowell Mill Girls Go On Strike"; "'They Must Work Harder Than Ever':  A Working Man Remembers Life in New York City, 1830s"


Week 10

10/30
11/01

Indian Removal in American History 
The Age of Jackson


Readings:
  Text, Ch 12; Douglass, pp. 40-71;
ONLINE:  Jackson, "Argument for Indian Removal"; Jackson, "Bank Veto Message"; Everett, "Spirit of Jacksonism"


Week 11

11/06
11/08
The Peculiar Institution, Part I:  Slavery in America
The Peculiar Institution, Part II:  Discussion of Douglass

Readings: 
Text, Ch. 13; Douglass, pp. 71-119;  ONLINE:  Ogletree, "The Case for Reparations"


Week 12

11/13
11/15
11/15

Manifest Destiny and Western Expansion
Racial Oppression in California
PAPER DUE


Readings:
 
ONLINE:  O'Sullivan, "Manifest Destiny;"  Triumph and Tragedy:  "Women's Voices from the Oregon Trail;"  Dana, "Two Years Before the Mast"; Borthwick, "Three Years in California, 1851-1854"

11/18  -  LAST DAY TO DROP w/a "W"


Week 13

11/20
11/22

Reform in Nineteenth Century America
The Coming Crisis, 1820-1860

QUIZ #2 (Available online at Canvas from 11/22-11/25 until 11:59pm)


Readings:
 
Text, Ch. 14; ONLINE:  Clayton, "Mob Violence Against Mormons"; Thoreau, "Civil Disobedience" 


Week 14

11/27
11/29

The End of Compromise:  The Coming of the Civil War
A Civil War or a Revolution?


Readings:
 
Text, Ch 15, 16; ONLINE:  McPherson, "Abraham Lincoln, pp. 23-43"; McPherson, Selections from The Negro's Civil War    


Week 15

12/04
12/06
The Politics of Reconstruction
Catch-up and Discussion

Readings
ONLINE: 
ONLINE:  "Testimony regarding the Ku Klux Klan During Reconstruction (1872)"

FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE:  Monday, December 11,  9:40 - 11:40