HISTORY 11: Political and Social History of the United States by dG555Ce


									           History 7A: United States History to 1876
                                    Pasadena City College
                                           Fall 2010
                                  Saturdays, 8:40-11:50 AM
                                       Classroom: C337
                                         Section: 2198
                                   Professor David Ybarra
                                Email: djybarra@pasadena.edu

Course Description:

This course is designed to provide the student with a history of the American nation from its
indigenous roots to about 1876. This course will focus on the various cultural, economic,
political, and social developments/structures of the territory known as the United States during
this period. Particular focus will be given to English colonization and the colonial period, the
American Revolutionary war, the formation of the United States government, 19th century
United States expansionism, slavery, the American Industrial Revolution, the American Civil
War, and Reconstruction.

Course Objectives:

By the conclusion of this course the student should:

1. Identify the ancient roots of North American cultures and their development.
2. Assess the impact of the Protestant Reformation and early efforts of exploration on Europe
during the 15th and 16th centuries and explain how such developments justified European
colonization of North America.
3. Compare Dutch, English, French, and Spanish colonization of North America.
4. Distinguish the cultural, political, religious, and social composition of the North American
English colonies.
5. Analyze the effects of the Enlightenment, the Seven Years’ War, the Great Awakening,
British legislation, the Boston Massacre, and the Boston Tea Party on the English colonies.
6. Identify the causes, important figures, and major battles of the American Revolution.
7. Define the structure of government of the early United States as outlined by the Articles of
Confederation and the U.S. Constitution.
8. Discuss and describe the differences between the first American political parties, the
Federalists and the Republicans.
9. Define sectionalism and describe its effects on the United States.
10. Explain the importance and impact of the Industrial Revolution on American society.
11. Define the concept of Manifest Destiny and its significance in American history.
12. Identify episodes in American history resulting in political and social tension for the Union.
13. Explain the significance of the Civil War and Reconstruction on American economic,
political, and social history.

Required Course Text:

Out of Many: A History of the American People, Vol.1, Fifth Edition
Text available in the bookstore.

Assignments and Grading:

A total of 600 points will be possible in this course. The following is the point breakdown:

Attendance and Participation: 150 points

It is mandatory for the student to attend every class session in order to receive a quality final
grade and to get the most out of the course. It is expected that the student will have completed
the required readings prior to attending each class session.

Quizzes: 20 points each

There will be a quiz administered nearly every week designed to assess the student’s
understanding of the material covered in the previous week. A total of eleven (11) quizzes will
be administered throughout the course of the semester. A Scantron will be required for each quiz.
The point total for the quizzes is 220.


There will be a total of two (2) exams administered (a midterm and a final) designed to assess the
student’s understanding of the material covered in the course. A Scantron will be required for
each exam. The final exam will not be cumulative

Test 1 (Midterm): 100 points
Test 2 (Final Exam): 150 points

This course will be graded on the following scale: A=600-540, B=539-480, C=479-420, D=419-
360, F=359-0.

All grades issued are final! Once final grades are submitted they cannot be changed! No
extra-credit will be given!

Policy on make-ups and late assignments:

No make-ups or late assignments will be given or accepted! It is the student’s responsibility
to attend the class dates when quizzes, exams, or assignments are administered or due!

Only extreme or exceptional cases will be allowed for make-ups or late assignments.
Furthermore, written documentation must be provided. It is the student’s responsibility to
notify either the instructor or the social science department the same day of the extreme or
exceptional case.

Examples of extreme or exceptional cases: Death in the family, emergency surgery, serious
automobile accident, etc. Remember: written documentation for the date of must be

Students with physical or learning disabilities:

Please notify the instructor of any disabilities so that both the instructor and the college may best
accommodate the student.

Policy on academic dishonesty:

Any incident of academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated
whatsoever! Any incidents of academic dishonesty will automatically result in a grade of
“fail” for the course and will immediately be reported to the college for further disciplinary

Course Outline:

Week I
-Saturday 9/4: Introduction; Early American Civilizations; Europe and European
Colonization in North America
-Read Chapters 1 and 2

Week II
-Saturday 9/11: North American Colonies
-Read Chapter 3
-Quiz on Chapters 1 and 2 at beginning of class

Week III
-Saturday 9/18: Slavery in North American Colonies
-Read Chapter 4
-Quiz on Chapter 3 at beginning of class

 Week IV
-Saturday 9/25: Culture in the North American Colonies
-Read Chapter 5
-Quiz on Chapter 4 at beginning of class

Week V
-Saturday 10/2: Moving Towards American Independence; The American Revolution
-Read Chapters 6 and 7
-Quiz on Chapter 5 at beginning of class

Week VI
-Saturday 10/9: The Young United States of America
-Read Chapter 8
-Quiz on Chapters 6 and 7 at beginning of class

Week VII
-Saturday 10/16: Early American Expansion
-Read Chapter 9
-Quiz on Chapters 8 and 9 at end of class

-Saturday 10/23: Midterm Exam

Week IX
-Saturday: 10/30: American Democracy in the First Half of the 19th Century
-Read Chapters 10 and 11

Week X
-Saturday 11/6: The Early Industrial Revolution in America
-Read Chapter 12
-Quiz on Chapters 10 and 11 at beginning of class

Week XI
-Saturday 11/13: American Growth and Change, 1820s-1850s
-Read Chapter 13
-Quiz on Chapter 12 at beginning of class

Week XII
-Saturday 11/20: The Age of American Expansionism
-Read Chapter 14
-Quiz on Chapters 13 and 14 at end of class


Week XIV
-Saturday 12/4: On the Eve of Civil War; The American Civil War
-Read Chapters 15 and 16
-Quiz on Chapters 15 and 16 at end of class

Week XV
-Saturday 12/11: The American Civil War and Reconstruction
-Read Chapters 16 and 17
-Quiz on Chapters 16 and 17 at end of class

Week XVI: Finals Week
-Saturday 12/18: Final Exam

*Note: Course outline is tentative. Both course outline and syllabus are subject to change
at instructor’s discretion!


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