United States History to 1877


  2. A. Course Title: United States History to 1877
    B. Course Number: HI 113 - 30174
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Thompson, Kori
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 129F
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2825
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 11:00:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 11:00:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Available at different times by appointment
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): none
    M. Corequisite(s): none
    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



    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


    All other material will be supplied by the instructor

    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

    Assignment Breakdown
    1) Quizzes (6 x 10) = 60 points
    2) Discussions (8 x 15) = 120 points
    3) Exams (2 x 100) = 200 points
    4) Conquest of Mexico = 70 points
    5) Tracking a Slave Ship = 30 points
    6) Primary Source Analysis = 50 points
    7) Modern Relevancy = 20 points
    8) Annotated Bibliography = 25
    Total = 575 points

    1) Quizzes: There will be a weekly quiz over the material for that week’s unit. Each quiz will be ten questions either in multiple choice or short answer form for ten points. Quizzes will be taken online at the end of the week to ensure students read the material required for the unit

    2) Discussions: There will be at least one discussion a week throughout the semester to engage and talk out the information being present through lecture and the readings. Each student is required and expected to read all the material assigned in order to prepare. Each discussion is worth fifteen points. Online discussions replace the interaction you would otherwise have in a face-to-face course. Thus, you are required to participate in online discussions just as you would be required to attend a face-to-face course. As is the case in face-to-face classes, we will conduct discussions civilly, and with a climate of critical inquiry. Please do not use texting-language, remember that this is a college course so your comments should be written clearly using punctuation and diction correctly. Refer to the “On-Line Discussion Rubric” that is on the last page. I’ll always start these discussions with an initial post. Respond to each other’s’ posts, rather than always to me. These online discussions should be conversational in tone, yet utilize the information we are learning. To help guide your participation in discussions, I’ve created a “Discussion Rubric,” which is posted in the “file” tool (as well as in Module/Week 1). Look at this rubric for information about what these posts should be like. I will use this Rubric to grade your participation in discussions Once discussions are locked there is no more opportunity to contribute to that discussion—it’s like missing a class if you do not respond in time. These discussions help you to engage with me as the instructor and also with other students in the class. Thus, the contributions you make (your “posts”) should be directed not only towards the instructor, but also in response to your student colleagues’ posts. Students will be required to post their initial responses on Fridays by 11:50pm and their two colleague posts by 11:50pm on Sundays.

    3) Exams: There are two exams in this course: a midterm and final exam. The first exam is over the first three units or half of the course, while the second exam or final is over the second half (material covered since the first exam. Each exam consists of 20 multiple choice questions, ten short answers, and one essay question, all totaling 100 points. Exams, just like the weekly quizzes, will be administered online and students will have two hours to complete all the questions.

    4) Conquest of Mexico: A once great civilization, the Mexica Empire was left in ruins when the Spaniards razed Tenochtitlan to replace it with a Spanish capital, Mexico City. Historians still cannot agree on why this impressive civilization fell so quickly. This project is an experiment in using hypermedia to construct a virtual learning environment in which students can use primary sources to come to their own conclusions about why the Mexicas fell, while learning the process by which historians produce the history they find in their textbooks

    5) Tracking a Slave Ship: Students will search the Voyages database to track a specific slave ship and analyze its various journeys to better understand/contextualize their broader knowledge of the trade and concurrent historical events/processes that might have affected it.

    6) Primary Source Analysis: The primary source analysis is a short (two pages, double-space) essay that analyzes a specific primary source that seems interesting to the student. Students can feel free to use some of the ideas or questions discussed in class in their essays. Students find a primary source from the period this class pertains to (1450--1877) and will discuss the historical context, in which it was written, the author and their background/credentials, what exactly the source states and discusses, and the student’s own interpretation of the source. Students are required to find their own source, read it, and research it. The instructor will help point students in right direction, but cannot give sources or chose for them.

    7) Modern Relevancy: Students will write a 500-word essay on a topic of their choice that well within the timeline of this course to discuss how that topic is still relevant in today’s context or how it has significantly shaped social religious, political, or economic interactions and/or policies.

    8) Annotated Bibliography: Students will turn in an annotated bibliography on a topic of their choosing with at least 3-5 primary and 3-5 secondary sources.

    Make-up/Late Work Policies
    Each week students will take a review quiz of the material covered during the week. These quizzes need to be done by Saturday at the latest. Students can complete the quiz at any time before the due date during the week. If a student misses the week’s quiz, it will not be reopened unless they have informed the instructor and provide a good explanation. The instructor has the right to either deny or approve a student’s request if missed. For assignments and discussion posts for every day late the instructor will deduct 10%. After three days, students will receive an automatic zero and will not be allowed to turn it in. If the student submits an assignment or discussion post after the three days, the grade will still not be changed.

    Extra Credit Policy
    Due to the online nature of the course there will be no extra credit assignments. Students are given the flexibility and convenience of independent instruction and time schedule.

    Rounding Policy
    The instructor will round the final grade up IF the student is within .3 of the next percentage AND if the student has shown genuine participation within the course throughout the entire semester. The instructor has full discretion on whether to round a grade up.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

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    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    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 Humanities Department uses the Core Competencies established by the Higher Education Department in the State of New Mexico. By the end of the semester, students should be able to:
    • Analyze and critically interpret significant primary texts and/or works of art (this includes fine art, literature, music, theatre, and film).
    • Compare art forms, modes of thought and expression, and processes across a range of historical periods and/or structures (e.g., political, geographic, economic, social, cultural, religious, intellectual).
    • Recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods and/or cultural perspectives.
    • 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.


    After completing this course, the successful student should be able to:
    · Generalize pivotal ideas, persons and events in America’s past.
    · Articulate key historical events and figures.
    · Analyze events of the past and their bearing on the present by utilizing various primary and secondary sources.
    · Integrate historical perspectives into personal citizenship/civic engagement.
    · Describe the contributions of influential historical figures, both well-known and lesser known, in American history.
    · Recognize causal relationships between the past and present.


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    Email Communication and Etiquette:
    I hold office hours each week and you should use them whenever possible to discuss the course, to pose your questions, and to seek feedback. Outside of office hours, you may email me. I will usually respond to emails within 24 hours (except on weekends when there will be a much longer delay). If you don’t get a response from me in this time period – email again because it is highly likely I didn’t receive the message.

    • Please note: I do not respond to emails that contain questions that may be answered by: reading this syllabus, listening to/reading class announcements/emails, or attending class
    • If you have a complicated question, you need to come to office hours.
    • I will not respond to questions about your grade via email.
    • I do not respond to emails about exams or papers that are due the next day after 3 p.m. the day before the due date/exam date

    When you write to me, you need to treat it as if you are addressing a formal correspondence. Thus, some general email etiquette guidelines:
    • Begin your email with a formal greeting as if you were addressing a letter (i.e. “Dear Professor Grunder,”)
    • Use complete sentences in your email and proper grammar, capitalization, and punctuation
    • Be clear and concise – make sure your question or concern is evident
    • Sign your email with your full name and include your course number, meeting dates, and times (History 103, M/W, 12:30) so that I may easily determine what class you are in (I teach six classes, so this is important)

    Please note: If you fail to follow the above guidelines, I reserve the right to not respond to your email.

    Finally, the office phone: At the top of the syllabus you’ll find the phone number for my office. I only check the voice mail on days I am on campus, M-F (once in the morning when I arrive and right before I leave for the day). I will pick up the phone during office hours if I do not have a student in my office. However, this is not an effective way to reach me and should not be used unless there is a critical emergency.

    Parents/Grandparents/Guardians/Aunts/Uncles/and-others-who-care-about-you: You are adults: is not appropriate for your parents/guardians, etc. to contact me unless there is an extreme emergency (which prevents you from contacting me directly). By law, I may not speak to them or even admit that you are in my class (and yes, that’s true even if they are paying the bills).

    Time Commitment
    This is an on-line course, so it is imperative that you follow directions and complete every assignment on time. You should be checking in every day to interact with your professor and other class mates, take quizzes and tests, and complete all required assignments.

    The time commitment for this course should apply the “rule of 1.5” to be the minimum amount of time put into completing its requirements, meaning since this course if approximately a 3 credit hour students need to put a minimum of 4.5 to 5 hours each week. Much of that time will involve reading the text and other course materials, watching clips and youtube videos, studying, completing quizzes on-line, participating in group discussions, listening to music, and completing the various assignments.

    While the requirements and course outline might seem like a lot, e-learning is portable and can be broken down into manageable blocks of time. If you have a laptop, you can “go to class” from anywhere you have access to the internet---empty conference room at work, a public library, a restaurant or coffee bar, at home—the options are limitless. The option to take your classroom with you anywhere can make it easier to fit your classroom work around your work or home schedule. Regular college courses often require students to sit in a classroom from 60 to 90 minutes at a time. E-learning allows you to log-in for brief periods of time, take breaks, or continuously work through your modules whenever you can.

    1. Academic Dishonesty: the fabrication or misrepresentation of work, either intentional or unintentional, which includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, forgery, sabotage, bribery, and the multi-submission of work.
    2. Types of Plagiarism
    a. Complete plagiarism: This is when an essay or other work has been copied word for word from another source or sources (e.g. purchase or copying of an online paper). There must be original work involved by the student. Without an original contribution, complete plagiarism has occurred even if the source is cited.
    b. Partial plagiarism: The most common type of plagiarism, this type occurs when another work has been used in an assignment without acknowledging the source.
    c. Copy and paste: Similar to partial plagiarism, this type of plagiarism is often the result of easy access to the internet & electronic journals. This plagiarism occurs when a section is lifted wholesale from the internet source and copied into an assignment. Just like material from books and articles, this material must be marked by quotation marks ("....") and properly cited (referenced).
    d. Word switch: Changing one or two words is not sufficient to make a text your own. Rather than changing a word or two, paraphrase the section, or quote properly. Paraphrases must also be properly referenced.
    e. Concealing sources: Citing a source one time is not sufficient if it is repeatedly used. Cite the source as many times as you use it.
    f. Self-plagiarism: Reuse of a student's own work or data without permission of the instructor constitutes self-plagiarism. Even when using your own material, it must be cited properly. Also, do not use the same essay for different courses without permission of the instructors. If students are caught recycling
    g. Inadvertent plagiarism: This is plagiarism by accident, and it is usually the result of ignorance regarding the definitions of plagiarism. Note that plagiarism is considered academic dishonesty, even when inadvertent.
    3. Citations: Attributing a quote in paper or an exam to the appropriate person, identifying by author, title, and page number either in-text or using footnotes.

    Non-Acceptable Source Material
    1. Wikipedia disclaimer: Each assignment requires you to cite information not common knowledge and that is specific, such as date, numbers, etc. This means you are required to use in-text citations or footnotes and a FULL bibliographic page that lists not only the URL, but also the author, title, date, and publisher. I DO NOT accept the use of Wikipedia as a credible source to be cited within your assignments. Information found on Wikipedia can be changed at any time by anyone for any reason and can be highly unreliable. This source type is a good starting point for research and can led you in the right direction to source; however, it is not the end all, be all, nor is it a stopping point. If a student uses Wikipedia and cites it as one of their sources I will count that as a non-source and dock five points from the assignment.

    2. Channel/A&E: Please refrain from using the History Channel and its website for your sources. While the History Channel and its content were once accurate and gave good information concerning a multitude of topics, it is no longer accurate for most of its content. The historians they cite and use are taken out of context and the overall information given is wrong, such as date, names, numbers, and basic information. I would refer you find an actual credible source for your research, such as journals, BBC (if nothing else can be found), books, and websites that end with .gov or .edu (these stand for government and education). If students have any problems finding information that is not from Wikipedia and I am more than happy to help. Look beyond the easily accessible and verify everything.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    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.

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

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    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.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. 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 Friday, September 29, 2017. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Week 1: Introduction to course; Age of Exploration and Columbian Exchange; Spanish Colonization
    Read: America: Chpt. 1

    Week 2: Colonization of America: French, Dutch, English
    Read: America: Chpt. 2
    Conquest of Mexico project due

    Week 3: Colonial Life; 18th Century
    Read: America: Chpt. 3
    Tracking a Slave Ship project due

    Week 4: Conflict within the Empire; American Revolution
    Read: America: Chpt. 4-6
    Exam 1

    Week 5: Contested Republic and its Transition
    Read: America: Chpt. 7-8
    Primary Source assignment due

    Week 6: Nationalism and Sectionalism; Jacksonian Democracy
    Read: America: Chpt. 10-11
    Annotated Bibliography Due

    Week 7: Religion, Romanticism, and Reform; Manifest Destiny
    Read: America: Chpt. 13-14
    Modern Relevancy assignment due

    Week 8: Politics of Slavery and Civil War, 1848-1865; Reconstruction
    Read: America: Chpt. 15-16
    Final Exam