United States History to 1877


  2. A. Course Title: United States History to 1877
    B. Course Number: HI 113 - 10054
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: T Th 11:00:00 AM - 12:15:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Emmerich, Patty
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: I will have office hours by appointment. Dr. E.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: HH205

    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.



    Tindall, George Brown and David Emory Shi. America: A Narrative History. Brief Vol. 1, 9th ed. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2013.
    ISBN 978-039391266-3

    Scantron Sheets – Form #886E

    References: Additional materials supplied by the instructor.


    Glenn, Cheryl, and Loretta Gray. Harbrace Essentials. 2nd ed. USA: Cengage Learning, 2015.

    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

    Class instruction will consist of informal lecture, class experiential learning, and class discussion. The course will use supplemental reading, class demonstrations, and films. Grading will be based on examinations, projects, short assignments, and class participation. The examinations will consist of subjective and objective formats.

    It is imperative that you come to class having read the assigned chapters. With such preparation, you will be able to relate to and/or identify any problem areas that need to be addressed.

    The instructor expects tolerance for different points of view that may be held by some members of the class.

    Evaluation Procedures:
    **First Exam (Chapters 1-4)*Assessment 100 pts.
    Second Exam (Chapters 5-8)*Assessment 100 pts.
    Critical Review (videotape with rubric and notes from chapters 9-13)*Assessment 100 pts.
    +Participation (eg, role-playing and games) 50 pts.
    +Class Projects (eg, Chapters 14-15 Terms, Class discussions/debates/short question/answer items)*Assessment 70 pts.
    Final Exam (Chapters 14-17 and comprehensive question(s).)*Final Assessment. 110 pts.
    Total points 530 pts.
    A grade477 -530
    B grade424 -476
    C grade371 -423
    D grade318 -370
    F grade 0 -317
    Please note the + sign given in the "additional information" section.

    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.

    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.


    The assignments with a + sign will have the following rubric to show grade breakdown:

    Prepared own material.
    Used your own "voice" with the project.
    Provided active participation.
    Focused as a team member.
    Showed proper connections.


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    (This is a tentative outline.)

    United States History to 1877 (30 days, 1 hour and 15 minute blocks.)

    Building: Heidel Hall-Classroom 205--11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays.

    Day One Tuesday, January 17, 2017
    Chapter 1 “The Collision of Cultures”
    Start on CANVAS work.

    Day Two Thursday, January 19, 2017
    Chapter 1 “The Collision of Cultures”
    Start on Cartography work. (assess)
    Complete CANVAS work--due today.

    Day Three Tuesday, January 24, 2017
    Chapter 2 "Britain and its Colonies"
    "Soap Opera"

    Day Four Thursday, January 26, 2017
    Chapter 2 "Britain and its Colonies"
    “Soap Opera”
    Distribute Worksheet/review--Canvas.

    Day Five Tuesday, January 31, 2017
    Chapter 3 "The Colonial Ways of Life"
    “Soap Opera”

    Day Six Thursday, February 2, 2017
    Chapter 3 "The Colonial Ways of Life"
    "Soap Opera"

    Day Seven Tuesday, February 7, 2017
    Chapter 4 "From Colonies to States"
    "Soap Opera"

    Day Eight Thursday, February 9, 2017
    Chapter 4 "From Colonies to States"
    “Soap Opera”

    Day Nine Tuesday, February 14, 2017
    Worksheets--(points given.)

    Day Ten Thursday, February 16, 2017
    First Exam (chapters 1-4) *Assessment.

    Day Eleven Tuesday, February 21, 2017
    Exam Results
    Chapter 5 "The American Revolution"

    Day Twelve Thursday, February 23, 2017
    Chapter 5 "The American Revolution"
    Distribute Worksheets/review (CANVAS)

    Day Thirteen Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    Chapter 6 "Shaping A Federal Union"

    Day Fourteen Thursday, March 2, 2017
    Chapter 6 "Shaping a Federal Union"

    Day Fifteen Tuesday, March 7, 2017
    Chapter 7 "The Federalist Era"

    Day Sixteen Thursday, March 9, 2017
    Chapter 7 "The Federalist Era"

    Day Seventeen Tuesday, March 14, 2017
    Chapter 8 "The Early Republic"

    Day Eighteen Thursday, March 16, 2017
    Chapter 8 "The Early Republic"
    Worksheets--(give points.)

    Day Nineteen Tuesday, March 21, 2017
    Second Exam (chapters 5-8) *Assessment.

    Day Twenty Thursday, March 23, 2017
    Exam Results
    Discuss paper project format with chapters 9-13 and rubric.

    Monday, March 27--through March 31, 2017--Spring Break. (Campus Closed.)

    Day Twenty-one Tuesday, April 4, 2017
    Chapter 9 "The Dynamics of Growth"
    Chapter 10 "Nationalism and Sectionalism"

    Day Twenty-two Thursday, April 6, 2017
    Chapter 11 "The Jacksonian Era"
    Chapter 12 "The Old South"

    Day Twenty-three Tuesday, April 11, 2017
    Chapter 13 "Religion, Romanticism, and Reform"
    Bring in books on the era.

    Day Twenty-four Thursday, April 13, 2017

    Day Twenty-five Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    Discussion and research on the project.

    Day Twenty-six Thursday, April 20, 2017
    Chapter 14 "An Empire in the West"
    Chapter 15 "The Gathering Storm"
    Distribute Terms's Sheet. (Canvas)

    Day Twenty-seven Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    Chapter 16 "The War of the Union"

    Day Twenty-eight Thursday, April 27, 2017
    Chapter 17 "Reconstruction: North and South"
    Set up a pro and con sheet.

    Day Twenty-nine Tuesday, May 2, 2017
    Finish Discussion.
    Work on and complete Paper.
    Paper Project due.

    Day Thirty Thursday, May 4, 2017
    Review for Final Exam.
    Set-up comprehensive question(s).

    *Designates Assessments for General Education at the course level--Area V. Objectives/Competencies A,B,C, and D. Each assignment has a different competency being met to fulfill the requirements of the State Matrix.

    *Final Exams are scheduled on Monday,May 8, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.