United States History to 1877


  2. A. Course Title: United States History to 1877
    B. Course Number: HI 113 - 10314
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    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: Virtual

    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: 1-978-0-393-91266-1


    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

    Your grade in this course will be based upon exams and essays. There will be four exams in this course. Each exam is made up of multiple choice and true-false. Each exam has 50 questions. Each exam is worth 100 points. Each exam will be given online. Your exams, along with the exam dates, can be found within each module for the this online course.

    Make-up Exams: Since students are given multiple days to take exams, no makeup exams are available in this course.

    SHORT ESSAY TOPIC: Students will be required to write 4 essays in this course. 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. In an online course, they are automatically graded.

    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.

    How your Grade is determined: 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 500. For example, if a student acquires 350 points, I would divide that amount by 500, which would give me 70%. I would then record a grade of C for that student.

    Extra Credit: There will be extra credit points on the exams. Class discussion topics will also be offered for extra credit points as well.

    Exam Dates: You will be sent a mail message for each exam. These dates can also be found within each module for the course.

    Attendance Policy:

    Regular attendance is important if you expect to do well in this course. Attendance will be monitored by your turning in your assignments in a timely fashion. Assignments that are turned in late(which is the Cutoff Date) will have 5 points deducted as a penalty.


    Exams: 4x100=400 pts (80%)
    Essays: 4x25=100 pts (20%)

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    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
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    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    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.


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    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 review tool than can be found under the link Modules are the Chapter Review Questions. These are sample questions from many of the chapters in your text. I would highly recommend trying to answer these questions shortly after reviewing material for a specific chapter. 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.


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    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.)

    Course Outline: This outline contains the important dates within each Module for this online course.

    MODULE ZERO: Students need to complete all the activities in MODULE ZERO to proceed to MODULE ONE. If you don't, you will not be allowed to do the first essay assignment. These activities need to be completed by Jan. 21, 2017 at 11:59 PM (MST).


    Essay: Due: Jan. 22 Cutoff: Jan. 23

    Exam One: Jan. 28 and 29


    Essay: Due: Feb. 4 Cutoff: Feb. 5
    Exam Two: Feb. 11 and 12.


    Essay: Due: Feb. 18 Cutoff: Feb. 19

    Exam Three: Feb. 25 and 26


    Essay: Due: March 4 Cutoff: March 5

    Exam Four(Final): March 9