United States History to 1877


  2. A. Course Title: United States History to 1877
    B. Course Number: HI 113 - 10052
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: M W F 9:00:00 AM - 9:50:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Townsend, Stephen
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 11:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 11:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    I will be in the Chat Room on Wednesday, from 12:30-1:00 pm for my 8-week online course (HI 113). Any student from this 8-week course who logs in during my online office hours will receive 10 points extra credit. The extra credit is awarded only once.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: HH206

    This course surveys the discovery, establishment, and growth of the English colonies; their relations with Great Britain; the revolution; the Confederation; the Constitution; the growth of nationalism; westward expansion; slavery; the Civil War; Reconstruction; economic, political, and social development; and international relations. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course is designed for the student to gain knowledge of United States history. This course provides an introduction in history for the associate degree. It establishes the basis for further historical study for a humanities requirement for a student's degree program.

    This course is a general education course with transferability to New Mexico schools, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year school.



    America: A Narrative History, Brief 9th edition, Vol. 1, by Tindall and Shi ISBN: 978-0-393-91266-1


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Grades will be based on exams,attendance and essays. Your grade in the course is determined by the total number of points you accumulate divided by the maximum number of points available in the course, which is 600. For example, if you accumulate 450 points, I would divide this amount by 600. It would give me the percentage 75 and I would record a C for your grade.

    If your average is 2 points or less from the next higher letter grade and you have five or less absences, I will add 2 points to your average, thus bringing you up to the next higher letter grade.

    There will be four exams (including the final exam) in this course. Exams are given in the classroom. Each exam is made up of multiple choice, true-false, and short essay. Each test is worth 100 points. Exam dates will be announced as the course progresses. This is a total of 400 points.

    Tutoring is available to all students in this course. But for students who score below 60 on any of their 4 major exams in this course, they will be required to get tutoring before their next exam. Students who do not get tutoring before their next exam will not be issued an exam. As a result, they will receive a zero for that exam.
    • Students will be required to get 2, one-hour tutoring sessions from their professor before their next exam.
    • These sessions will be scheduled one week prior to the exam to maximize effectiveness.
    • They must be 2 sessions on separate days. I will not schedule a single, two-hour session.

    *No tutoring sessions on exam days.
    • I will work with the students’ schedule as much as possible.
    At each session, we will focus on a particular chapter or chapters. For the tutoring to be effective, the students need to study their course material (notes,text) before arriving at their session. If you arrive at your session without having studied, the professor reserves the right to cancel the session and schedule another one with the student.
    Please take these tutoring sessions seriously. My goal is to not only help you get higher scores on exams, but to also gain confidence when you go to take an exam.

    Extra Credit: There will be one extra credit question on each exam worth 5 points. I will also offer other opportunities for extra credit throughout the semester.

    Make-up Exams: If a student misses an exam, they must take a make-up exam within one week of the exam they missed. Failure to do so will result in a zero for that exam. The make-up exam will consist of three essay questions. It is the responsibility of the student to schedule a time for a make-up exam. Make-up exams will be given by the professor.

    Scantrons: The student needs to bring a Scantron and a #2 pencil for each exam. These items are not provided by the college. The type of scantron you need is a Mini Essay Book. The Scantron grading machines are very sensitive and will often count wrong any answer that has been erased. As a safety precaution, the student should indicate on the Scantron prior to turning it in, which questions they have erased. I will gladly double check them. Erased answers which are counted wrong by the grading machine and the student failed to indicate to the instructor which answers they erased on the Scantron, will not be changed.

    ESSAYS: SHORT ESSAY TOPIC: Students will be required to write 4 essays in this course. Essays will be submitted online through Canvas. Each essay is worth 25 points for a total of 100 points. These essay assignments can be found within Modules 1-4. Be sure to include your name and the title of the assignment "Chapter 1, Chapter 2 etc." Students will not be allowed to turn in any essays after the CUTOFF DATE, which is the day after the DUE DATE. Essays turned in on the cutoff date will have a 5 point penalty. There is no makeup work for missed essays. You are expected to use course material only(text and powerpoints) to write the essays. Please do not use outside sources like Internet websites or encyclopedias to write your essays. Use of these sources will result in a zero for that essay. When using your text, do not write directly from the book. This is plagiarism and will result in a zero for your essay. Put the course material in your own words when writing the essay. The material you use in your essays must be mentioned in either your text or powerpoint lectures. If you mention something in your essay and I cannot find it in either the text or the powerpoint lectures, I will assume you used an outside source and record a zero for your essay. Therefore, be very careful what you include in your papers.

    DUE DATE/CUTOFF DATE: The DUE DATE is the last day your essay can be turned in without a penalty. The CUTOFF DATE is the last day an essay will be accepted, but it will be considered late and you will be penalized 5 points. No essay is accepted after the CUTOFF DATE.

    ESSAY REQUIREMENTS: Essays are to be one to two pages in length, 12 font, double-spaced, and 1-inch margins. The text and the powerpoints are the only sources for your essays. Students must also cite every text page number from which they get information.The following example is an acceptable citation (Text p. 262)(Ch. 2 powerpoint).YOU MUST CITE BOTH THE TEXT AND THE POWERPOINTS WITHIN THE ESSAY. The citations need to appear within the paper. DO NOT PUT ANY CITATION AT THE END OF THE ESSAY! THEY MUST APPEAR WITHIN THE ESSAY. I would recommend saving the essays in a current version of MS Word or Rich Text Format(RTF). SUBMIT ESSAYS AS AN ELECTRONIC FILE. Essays should be a good mix of the text and the powerpoint lectures. Please proofread essays before you submit them. Sloppy grammar, spelling and organization will result in significant points being deducted from the paper.

    GRADE RESPONSE TIME: Although every effort will be made to return exams and essays in a timely fashion, the students should always keep in mind the large volume of students that professors are responsible for. ESSAYS: A waiting period of at least 2 weeks after the due date. EXAMS: I try to return exams by the next class period.

    VIDEOS AND YOUR ESSAYS: Although videos are shown in this course to enhance the knowledge of certain historical topics, you cannot cite them as a source in your essays.

    An attendance grade is awarded in the course. Right now each student has 100 points. Every absence in the course results in 5 points being deducted. A sign-in sheet will be passed around at the start of class to verify student attendance. Excused absences will not count against you. College sponsored activities and anything you can document (doctor's visit, jury summons etc.) are examples of excused absences. Periodically, students will be required to "earn" their attendance grade by taking short tests on selected chapters. If a student fails this test, they will lose 5 points from their attendance grade. Conduct violations will also result in 5 points being deducted from the attendance grade (See section called "Classroom Behavior" under the section Additional Information.)


    Exams= 66% of the points in the course (400 pts).
    Attendance= 17% of the points in the course (100 pts).
    Essays= 17% of the points in the course (100 pts).


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's Social/Behavioral Sciences Department endorses the Core Competencies as established by the State of New Mexico. In compliance with the State Matrix, all histories have been placed in Area V Courses under Humanities and Fine Arts. Within our respective fields, as appropriate, students should:

    *A. analyze and critically interpret significant and primary texts and/or works of art(this includes fine art, literature, music, theatre, and film.)

    B. compare art forms, modes of thought and expression, and processes across a range of historical periods and/or structures (such as political, geographic, economic, social, cultural, religious, and intellectual.)

    *C. Recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods and/or cultural perspectives.

    D. Draw on historical and/or cultural perspectives to evaluate any or all of the following: contemporary problems/issues, contemporary modes of expression, and contemporary thought.

    Those general Course objectives marked with an asterisk satisfy the Institutional Outcome of Critical Thinking within the Department of Social/Behavioral Sciences. Data will be collected by the department to support this institutional outcome.

    Selected Specific Competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery of the above.


    After completing this course the student should be able to:

    Chapter 1--"The Collision of Cultures"

    . Discuss Pre-Columbian Indian Civilizations.
    . Describe European Visions of America.
    . Explore the Expansion of Europe.
    . Describe the Voyages of Columbus.
    . Define the Great Biological Exchange.
    . Describe Professional Explorers.
    . Define the Spanish Empire.
    . Define the Protestant Reformation.
    . Examine the Challenges to the Spanish Empire.

    Chapter 2--"Britain and Its Colonies"

    . Describe the English Background.
    . Describe the settling of the Chesapeake.
    . Describe the settling of New England.
    . Explain about the Indians in New England.
    . Examine the English Civil War in America.
    . Describe the settling of the Carolinas.
    . Describe the settling of the Middle Colonies and Georgia.
    . Examine the thriving colonies.

    Chapter 3--"Colonial Ways of Life"

    . Explore the shape of early America.
    . Discuss the Society and Economy in the Southern Colonies.
    . Discuss the Society and Economy in New England.
    . Discuss the Society and Economy in the Middle Colonies.
    . Define Colonial Cities.
    . Examine the Enlightenment in America.
    . Examine the Great Awakening.

    Chapter 4--"From Colonies to States"

    . Examine English Administration of the Colonies.
    . Discuss the habit of Self-Government.
    . Describe troubled neighbors.
    . Define Colonial Wars.
    . Explain how to Regulate the Colonies.
    . Explore the potential for "fanning the flames" toward a worsening crisis.
    . Discuss the Shifting Authority.
    . Examine Independence.

    Chapter 5--"The American Revolution"

    . Explore 1776: Washington's narrow escape.
    . Describe American Society at War.
    . Explore 1777: Setbacks for the British.
    . Explore 1778: Both Sides Regroup.
    . Explore the War in the South.
    . Define the Treaty of Paris.
    . Define the Political and Social Revolutions.
    . Examine the emergence of an American Culture.

    Chapter 6--"Shaping a Federal Union"

    . Discuss the Confederation Government.
    . Discuss creating the Constitution.

    Chapter 7--"The Federalist Era"

    . Define a New Nation.
    . Discuss Hamilton's Financial Vision.
    . Discuss the Republican Alternative.
    . Define Foreign and Domestic Crises.
    . Examine the Settlement of New Land.
    . Define the Transfer of Power.
    . Examine the Adams' Administration.

    Chapter 8--"The Early Republic"

    . Discuss the New American Nation.
    . Discuss Jeffersonian Simplicity.
    . Describe the Divisions in the Republican Party.
    . Explore the War in Europe.
    . Describe the War of 1812.

    Chapter 9--"The Dynamics of Growth"

    . Explore the Transportation and the Market Revolutions.
    . Discuss the Communication Revolution.
    . Discuss the Agricultural and the National Economy.
    . Describe the Industrial Revolution.
    . Describe the Popular Culture.
    . Describe Immigration.
    . Describe Organized Labor.
    . Explain the Rise of the Professions.
    . Discuss Jacksonian Inequality.

    Chapter 10--"Nationalism and Sectionalism"

    . Define Economic Nationalism.
    . Explain "An Era of Good Feelings."
    . Discuss Crises and Compromises.
    . Define Judicial Nationalism.
    . Explain Nationalist Diplomacy.
    . Define One-Party Politics.

    Chapter 11--"The Jacksonian Era"

    . Examine the background for Nullification.
    . Describe Jackson's Indian Policy.
    . Explore the Bank Controversy.
    . Discuss Contentious Politics.
    . Describe Van Buren and the New Party System.
    . Analyze the Jackson Years.

    Chapter 12--"The Old South"

    . Examine the Distinctiveness of the Old South.
    . Describe White Society in the South.
    . Describe Black Society in the South.
    . Discuss the Culture of the Southern Frontier.

    Chapter 13--"Religion, Romanticism, and Reform"

    . Define National Religion.
    . Describe the Second Great Awakening.
    . Explain Romanticism in America.
    . Discuss the "flowering" of American Literature.
    . Describe Education.
    . Describe the Reform Impulse.
    . Describe the Anti-Slavery Movements.

    Chapter 14--"An Empire in the West"

    . Examine the Tyler Presidency.
    . Explore the Western Frontier.
    . Describe Moving West.
    . Describe Annexing Texas.
    . Discuss the Mexican War.

    Chapter 15--"The Gathering Storm"

    . Explore the Slavery in the Territories.
    . Examine the Compromise of 1850.
    . Examine the Kansas-Nebraska Crisis.
    . Explore the deepening Sectional Crisis and the Nation's center coming apart.

    Chapter 16--"The War of the Union"

    . Describe the period just prior to the Civil War.
    . Discuss the Balance of Force.
    . Examine the War's early course.
    . Define Emancipation.
    . Discuss the War behind the lines.
    . Describe the Government during the War.
    . Describe the faltering Confederacy.
    . Explain the Confederacy's defeat.
    . Examine a Modern War.

    Chapter 17 "Reconstruction: North and South"

    . Examine the War's Aftermath.
    . Describe the battle over Political Reconstruction.
    . Examine the assassination of Lincoln.
    . Explore the reconstructing of the South and its completion.
    . Examine the Grant years.


    Instructional Mode: The lecture in this course is provided by Powerpoint lectures on various chapters per week. These lectures can be found under Modules. If you are unable to open the powerpoints, click on Powerpoint Viewer Download to download a software that will enable you to open the powerpoint slides. The class will also be given the review terms, listing all of the topics they will be tested on from each chapter. These topics can be found under Modules as well. However, there will always be a few questions in which the students will be asked to make a judgment on an historical topic or period. Another good study tool is the link STUDYSPACE, which can be found in the Module "Course Information". It contains flashcards, quizzes, and informative chapter videos.

    Classroom Behavior: (Violations result in 5 point penalties per incident. These points will be subtracted from your attendance grade.)
    1. Be on time for class. Coming in late distracts both the class and the instructor.
    2. No talking during the lecture. From the time the lecture begins until the class is dismissed, I expect the full attention of the student. Those students who continue talking or in other ways disturb the class once the class has begun, may be asked by the professor to drop the class.
    3. Students are required to stay for the entire class period. If any special circumstance arises where you have to leave early, let me know before the class begins. It is not okay to get up during the middle of a professor's lecture to go get a drink of water, go to the bathroom, etc. These activities should be done before class, or after class. Any student who repeatedly leaves class before it is dismissed may be asked by the professor to drop the class.
    4. All electronic devices are to be turned off before entering the classroom. This includes pager, beepers, cellular phones, and computers. Electronic devices are not to be on the desktop during lecture.
    5. College rules listed under General/Miscellaneous will also result in penalties. This includes no eating and drinking in class and no use of tobacco.
    6. No sleeping or napping in class.
    7. Any conduct the professor deems inappropriate for a college classroom will result in a penalty.


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    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

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    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
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    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Chapter Responsibilities:

    Exam One: Chapters 1-2
    Exam Two: Chapters 4-7
    Exam Three: Chapters 8-11
    Exam Four: Chapters 14-16 (There is no make-up for the final.)

    Tentative Course Outline: (This outline is not date specific. Please check Canvas for specific dates on exams and essays.)

    Week One: Go over syllabus, Start Ch. 1, Syllabus quiz due

    Week Two: Finish Ch. 1, Start Ch. 2, First essay due

    Week Three: Finish Ch.2

    Week Four: Exam One, Start Chapter 4

    Week Five: Finish Chapter 4, Start Chapter 5, Second essay due.

    Week Six: Finish Ch. 5, Start Ch. 6

    Week Seven: Finish Ch. 6 Start Ch.7

    Week Eight: Finish Ch. 7, Exam 2

    Week Nine: Start Chapter 8

    Week Ten: Finish Ch. 8, Start Ch. 9, Third essay due

    Week Eleven: Finish Chapter 9, Lecture on Chapter 10.

    Week Twelve: Lecture on Chapter 11

    Week Thirteen: Exam 3, Begin lecture on Chapter 14.

    Week Fourteen: Finish Ch. 14, Start lecture on Chapter 15. Fourth essay due.

    Week Fifteen: Finish lecture on Chapter 15, Start Chapter 16

    Week Sixteen: Finish lecture on Chapter 16.

    Week Seventeen: The final will be on May 10, from 10-11:45 am.