THE FORGING OF AN
AMERICAN NATION, 1783-1865 (HI224)
Dr. Randall Stephens
Tu Th.: 11:00-12:17
Location: Old Colony room 101
Cameron Center, Room 106
Office Hours: Tues., Thu, 10:00-12:00; or by appt.
This is the second course in a four
period sequence in American history. It will survey the history
of the United States from its inception as an independent nation through the crisis of
the Civil War. Major topics and themes include: the Constitution
and the New Republic, the first industrial revolution, the relationship
of Indian people to the new nation, Jeffersonian and Jacksonian
democracy, American society and culture, westward expansion, slavery,
sectionalism, reform, and war. A number of historiographical
interpretations will be emphasized to better help students understand
the critical debates and key issues surrounding this era.
(Available at the ENC college bookstore and on Amazon.com)
- Faragher et al Out of Many, Teaching and Learning
Classroom Edition, Volume 1
(Prentice Hall, 5th edition).
- Jack N. Rakove, Revolutionaries: A New History of the
Invention of America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010). Also
available from iTunes as an audiobook.
- Leo Damrosch, Tocqueville’s Discovery of America
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010).
- Paul E. Johnson and Sean Wilentz, The Kingdom of Matthias: A Story of Sex
and Salvation in 19th Century America (Oxford, 1995).
- Other reading assignments will be
included in the Course Pack or posted on the web.
EXPECTATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
Students will be evaluated on how well
they identify and explain the significance events, terms, and
individuals of the era and on the basis of their reading, writing, and
thinking skills. Students are expected to read all
assignments and come ready to discuss these in class. Always be
prepared; I may call upon you at any time. Look at the webpage
discussion questions for assignments and direction: www.enc.edu/history/forging_nation_qs.html.
Those who fail to keep up with the reading will do poorly in this
course. Participation and attendance is required of each individual and
will figure into the overall grade. (Obviously, if one does not
attend or read the assignments, one cannot participate.)
tests will be administered over the semester involving multiple choice,
short answer, and essay questions. More information on these will
be given out prior to each exam. In addition, unannounced pop
quizzes may be given occasionally at the beginning of class.
These quizzes will cover the most recent reading assignments and the
lecture material. (Always take good notes. Not all lecture
material will be included in your text.) Those who arrive late or
fail to attend class will not be allowed to retake quizzes or tests,
unless, of course, a written medical excuse can be provided.
In addition to a satisfactory evaluation of this work based on content,
you are expected to demonstrate competence in English composition and
grammar. Students will complete several writing
assignments. All must be typed and double-spaced. Sets of
discussion questions will be posted on the web: www.enc.edu/history/forging_nation_qs.html.
You must answer five sets of questions. These will be graded on a
pass/fail basis. Your
answers to each of the five sets should 1.5 pages. These are due
in class on the day that the reading is assigned. Additionally,
students will write one major (4-5 pages) and one minor (1.5-2 pages)
book review. Book reviews will be based on the supplemental
books. (Review questions and a guide to writing reviews will be placed on the web.) Graded
on a 1-100 scale, reviews must be handed in during class on the day
they are due. Reviews will lose 5 percentage points for each day
they are overdue. No
writing assignments will be accepted via e-mail.
Boston is a city with many cultural resources. There are dozens
of museums, and historical sites within a few short miles of the ENC
campus. Students must attend at least one lecture and one museum
or historical site in the area relating to the course. A list of
suitable area lectures will be posted on the course site. A list
of sites and museums in the area is also available at:
www.enc.edu/history/studying_history.html. Students will then
write 1.5-2 page summaries of the lecture and site visit. Two
extra credit papers, based on additional lectures or excursions, may be
turned in as well.
Finally, a note on proper behavior and academic honesty. Talking
with fellow classmates, eating, doing other work, reading newspapers,
leaving cell phones on, walking out early or arriving late all reflect
poorly on you as a student and will hurt your overall grade.
Cheating and plagiarism are even worse and will not be tolerated.
Be advised: ANY instance of cheating on tests, essays, or other
assignments will result in immediate discipline and possible failure of
the course. For more on this fascinating topic, please refer to the ENC
history dept. guidelines concerning academic honesty:
www.enc.edu/history/stephens.plagiarism.html. Those who are
guilty will be caught. Incriminating evidence is only a Google™
3 Exams 10% each
5 Short Response Papers ------------------------------
1 Long Book Review Essay
1 Short Book Review Essay
1 Paper reviewing a historic site or museum -------
1 Paper reviewing an area lecture
Participation, Attendance, and Pop Quizzes -------
100-94; A- = 93-90; B+ = 89-87; B = 86-84; B- = 83-80; C+ = 79-77;
C = 76-74; C- = 73-70; D = 69-60
& DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
to complete any of the assignments will obviously result in a
significant lowering of your total grade. If this all seems too
daunting, remember that the last day to drop a course with no penalties
is Jan 26.
(All readings are to be completed on the day they are listed.)
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