History | AMERICAN HISTORY I
H105 | 0391 | Lappas
2:35-3:50P D BH242
Topic: Pre-Columbian America through Civil War
Above section open to undergraduates only
This course surveys a broad expanse of American History. We will
begin by examining pre-Columbian civilizations and cultures in
America. This will allow us to understand more thoroughly the
significance of the arrival of the Europeans in the colonial period.
We will explore the events leading up to the American Revolution, the
war itself, and the formation of the Republic. Finally, the course
will address the issues of cultural and regional differences between
the North and South and discuss the events leading up to the Civil
Although numerous themes and issues emerge during this era, we will
explore the persistence of the idea of freedom and liberty in America
and discuss how they have been interpreted differently over the course
of early American history. The contact between people from diverse
cultures who possessed seemingly incompatible worldviews has also been
a constant theme in American history. We will look at the ways in
which people bearing different types of cultural baggage have
interacted, clashed, and sometimes found middle ground.
Books for Purchase:
Textbook: Boyer, et.al. The Enduring Vision: A History of the American
Course reader containing primary documents
Douglas, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas OR
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Morgan, Edmund. The Birth of the American Republic
Assignments: There will be two exams and one 3-5 page paper in this
Exams will cover material from the readings and lectures and will be
50% identifications and 50% essay. The Midterm will be worth 30% of
your final grade and the final 35%.
The identification section will include 12 terms, events, names or
locations that we have discussed in class or have been mentioned in
the readings. You will be expected to identify that term, provide an
accurate time frame for the term, and describe its significance in the
broader context of this course. All terms written on the board or
discussed in the readings for a paragraph or more will be fair game.
You will choose 10 out of the 12. Each one is worth 5 points for a
total of 50 points. This section will not be cumulative.
The essay will require you to respond to a broad thematic question
about the major themes we have discussed in the course. An "A" answer
will demonstrate a command of the information presented in both class
lectures and readings but will also show an understanding of the
themes and debates regarding the major issues as well. This section
is worth 50 points and will be cumulative. Therefore, a final exam
question may require you to consider themes from the first lecture.
You will be given two essays: choose one. 50 points.
The Paper will be a 3-page essay responding to a question about one of
the readings. You will only write an essay on one of the books. This
assignment will be handed out several weeks prior to the due date for
the respective paper. Students will hand in the paper on the due
Grading Policy: Assignments are to be handed in on time. No late
papers will be accepted.