Long Beach City College History 10, Section 32883 United States’ History, Early Americans through Reconstruction Spring, 2011 Instructor

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History 10, Section 32883

United States’ History, Early Americans through Reconstruction

Spring, 2011

Instructor: Robin Spence

Day/Time Monday/Wednesday

11am – 12:15pm T1334

Text: America’s History, Volume I

Fifth Edition
Course Description/Objective:

History 10 is a survey of United States’ history that extends from the arrival of the early people of the Americas, European exploration and settlement and continues through early nation building, expansion, and concluding with the Civil War Era ending in 1877.

The objective of this course is to provide the student with enough historical knowledge that they gain a clear understanding of the significant people and events that shaped this period of history. Additionally, it is hoped that this historical perspective will provide a better understanding of the important events of today. It is easier to understand the present if we have knowledge of the past.

Specific outcomes include:

  • Processing and analyzing the historical change versus continuity throughout this historical time period.

  • Understanding and distinguishing between fact and fiction and cause and effect relationships.

  • Analyzing various historical evidence including information primary and secondary sources as well as literature and folklore.

  • The ability to identify bias and opinion within all sources.

A complete list of course outcomes and detailed objectives can be found at lbcc.edu/coursecurriculum/coursedetails/outcomes

Course Requirements:

  • Attendance, Absolutely Necessary– lectures frequently cover material not covered in your survey text.

  • Assigned reading in survey text. You are responsible for the information in the text including topics not covered in lecture.

  • Supplemental reading, handouts provided by instructor.

  • One Short Essay

Grade Assignments: Attendance and participation will be used as a tiebreaker between two grades. For example, if your grade is on the edge of two grades, the student who regularly attends and participates in class discussions will receive the grade benefit.

  • One Essay, 50 points

  • Three Quizzes, 25 points each, 75 total points.

  • One Mid-Term Exam, 100 points

  • One Final Exam, 150 Points

  • Course Total, 375 points.

  • Letter grades calculated using the following scale:

    • o 90-100% - A

    • o 80-90% - B

    • o 70-80% - C

    • o 60-70% - D

    • o Less than 60% - Fail

    • No (+) or (-) Grades.

Extra Credit: Offered on a case by case basis and requires a visit to a designated museum or historical place of interest. Proof of attendance and a one page report will need to be submitted before the final exam. Maximum points,15.

    • No make-up exams or quizzes.

    • Late essays suffer a 5 point deduct for each class meeting past the due date.

    • Anyone who is absent three or more times can be dropped at instructor’s discretion.

    • Cell phones, pagers, I pods, all electronic devices are to be turned off upon entering the classroom. “An instructor has the right to remove a student from class at any time he/she considers a student’s actions to be interfering with the proper collegiate environment.” Penalties are as follows: 1, verbal warning; 2, requirement for student to make verbal apology to class for disruption,; 3, point deduction from student’s overall grade; 4, dismissal from class lecture.

    • Laptop computers may be utilized in class with the instructor’s permission for purposes of taking class notes or using text on line. Laptops are not be used for any other purpose during class. Students who misuse laptops in the classroom will have this privilege revoked.

    • Instructor reserves the right to revise this syllabus with proper notification to student.

    • Plagiarism is unethical and is an academic crime. Anyone found cheating or plagiarizing someone else’s work will receive a Fail and will be referred for disciplinary action.

United States’ History 10


(January 10-May 24, 2011)

Week One Course Introduction Chapter 1

1/10 & 1/12 The First Americans

Ancient American Societies
Week Two European Exploration Chapter 1

1/19 (no class, 1/17) Rise of European Merchant Class

And Monarchical Rule

Week Three Renaissance, Enlightenment, and Chapters 1 & 2

1/24 & 1/26 European Colonization of North America Quiz I, 1/26

Week Four Social, Political, and Economic Chapters 3 & 4

1/31 & 2/2 development of British colonies

Week Five Colonial Challenges to Monarchy Chapter 5

2/7 & 2/9 and Mercantilism – Moving Towards

Week Six The American Revolutionary War Chapter 6

2/14 & 2/16 ,and American Independence Quiz II, 2/16

Week Seven Building a New Nation Chapter 6

2/23 (no class 2/21) From a confederation to a national

Week Eight Washington, Hamilton, Adams Chapter 7

2/28 & 3/2 and Jefferson: Different Visions

For the new nation

Week Nine Jeffersonian Democracy Chapter 7

3/7 & 3/9 Mid-Term, 3/9

Week Ten An Expanding Republic; Chapters 7, 8, & 9

3/14 & 3/16 growing out and within
Week Eleven “Jacksonian” Democracy Chapter 10

3/21 (no class 3/23) The Power of the Executive

And Indian Removal
Week Twelve Manifest Destiny and Chapter 13 (pp 392-401)

3/28 & 3/30 Expansionism Quiz #III, 3/30

Week Thirteen The Distinct Natures of the Chapters 11 & 12

4/4 & 4/6 of the North and the South
Week Fourteen Moving Towards Civil War: Chapter 13 (pp 404-421)

4/11 & 4/13 Legislation, North/South Essay Due, 4/13

Imbalance of power, and extremism
Week Fifteen Abraham Lincoln and the Chapter 14

4/18 & 4/20 Election of 1860, Southern

Secession and war

4/25 & 4/27

Week Seventeen Preparing & Fighting Chapter 14

5/2 & 5/4 Civil War

Week Eighteen Lee’s Surrender Chapter 15

5/9 & 5/11 Reconstruction & Reconciliation
Week Nineteen Review/Final

5/16 & 5/18
Week Twenty Final Exam


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