Dr. Robert Harrison - History 202 - T-Th Class -- Winter 2012
Office: 203 South Santiam Hall
Office Hours: M, W: 10-11 a.m. and 2:30 to 3 p.m.
T, Th: 8:30 to 9:20 a.m. and 12 to 12:50 p.m.
Friday: 10-11 a.m.
Other times by appointment
Office Ph#: 541-917-4571. Please leave a message if I am not in.
Terry Jones, The American Civil War
E.L. Doctorow, The March
E-mail: email@example.com. E-mail all your questions and your take-
home assignments directly to this e-mail.
E-mailing Assignments and Optional Paper Back-up Copies: I don’t accept
printed papers. You must e-mail your out-of-class papers directly to me at
firstname.lastname@example.org. You should send them as a word document, ending
in either “doc”, “docx”, or “rtf”. Don’t send papers in “wps” “odt” or “wpd”
format—I can’t open them. I will ask you to re-send papers if they are not in
the right format, and it will cost you points if it makes your paper late. You
should also cut and paste your paper into the body of your e-mail, in case I
have trouble opening your attachment. If your e-mail version of the paper
doesn’t arrive, I will treat your paper as if you never sent it. It will be subject
to late points, and if it’s over 1 week late, I won’t accept it, regardless of any
screen print outs you send me. I will send you a confirmation e-mail within
24 hours after you e-mail me your assignment, so if you don’t get this
confirmation e-mail, let me know immediately by calling my office.
Please type your name in the subject heading of all your e-mails to me!!
Moodle account Required: Go to LBCC’s home page, click on “Students” and
then click on “Elearning login”. The Moodle page will ask you for a User I.D.
and a password: your user I.D. will be your xnumber and your password will
be “changeme” (without the quotation marks). Then, scroll down to the
bottom of the Moodle page to where courses are listed and look for History
202 Winter 2012 with Dr. Harrison and click the link. Then click “enroll”. If
you need help, let me know! Make sure you do this by the end of the first
week of class!
Accommodations for Disabilities: Students who may need accommodations due
to documented disabilities, who have medical information which the instructor
should know, or who need special arrangements in an emergency, should speak
with the instructor during the first week of class. If you have not accessed services
and think you may need them, please contact Disability Services, 917-4789.
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1) In-class Quizzes: 15% of your final grade
During the course, you’ll take three in-class quizzes on the assigned reading for that
particular day in class. Therefore, you should follow the course calendar carefully
and make sure to do all the required reading for each class—even if you miss a class,
be ready for a possible quiz over the assigned reading for the next class. You’ll take
these quizzes in class without using your books, but you may use small note cards if
you write on only one side of each card. These note cards are the only form of notes
you can use on the quizzes. The purpose of these quizzes is to prompt you to read
carefully and thoughtfully, which means taking notes on the reading and reviewing
those notes before class. I will drop the lowest of your three quiz grades, and each
of the two remaining quizzes will count for 7.5% of your total grade.
2) Take-home Tests - 40% of your final grade
You will write two take-home tests—I’ll give you the questions for each test, plus
detailed instructions and the due date. You will work from your required reading
and websites on Moodle, class notes on Moodle, in-class films, and sometimes some
additional sources which I will put on reserve in the library. Each test is worth 20%
of your final grade.
3) In-class Tests on The March: 30% of your final grade
You will read E.L. Doctorow’s historical novel The March and take two in-class tests
on it. Each test will cover roughly half of the novel and will consist of several short
essay questions. Each test is worth 15% of your final grade
4) Meeting of the Minds: 15% of your total grade. You will portray a historical
character as part of a talk show format called the Meeting of the Minds. Your goal is
to become the character. I will ask you questions during your performance—you’ll
find these questions in the “Meeting of Minds Character List” on Moodle, where
characters are listed alphabetically. A costume is required, and you will teach me
and your classmates about your character’s life, achievements, and relevance for our
lives. You will speak in first-person, using “I”, just as if you were the character. 40%
of your grade is based on how accurate and informative your performance in class
is; 60% is based on the research you do, as shown to me in your annotated
bibliography. You will find more details and requirements on the “Meeting of the
Minds” page in this syllabus.
A. Excused and Unexcused Absences: Attendance is very important If you
miss class, please check the class calendar in the syllabus to check on what
you missed and what lies ahead for the next class—this is your responsibility.
You may also e-mail me to find out what you missed and what is coming up--if
there is a quiz or other assignment on the class day that you return, I will expect
you to be ready and you will be required to take the quiz.
B. Unexcused and excused absences: You must contact me within 48 hours of
the class you missed and let me know why you missed—depending on your
reason, I’ll determine whether your absence was excused or unexcused. If you
contact me later than on the in term, regardless of the reason, I will count the
absence as “unexcused”.
D. Absences and your grade: I take role for every class—missing class will
lower your grade. For each unexcused absence up to and including 3, your final
grade will be lowered by 1 point. Unexcused absences 4 and 5 will cost you 5
points off your final grade, and for every unexcused absence over 5, you will lose
1 letter grade. If you have over 5 unexcused absences, you probably won’t be
able to pass, and you should drop the course
Excused absences up to and including 3 will not effect your grade. However, for
excused absences 4, 5 and 6, you’ll lose 1 point from your final grade; for every
excused absence over 6, you’ll lose 5 points from your final grade. So, once you
have missed more than 6 times, even if they are all excused, you’ll need to think
about dropping the class before your grade fall too low to pass.
2. Late or Missed Assignments and Quizzes – 10 late points per day up to 5
class days. I do not accept papers later than 5 class days regardless of your
3. Paraphrasing Properly and Avoiding Plagiarism.
A. Paraphrasing: You will be writing tests and papers using sources, and it is very
important that you put the information from these sources into your own words.
This is called paraphrasing. You need to do more than just change a few of the words
or phrases around. I want to see that you have read the material, thought about it,
and that you can develop your own ideas about the material in your own words.
When you write your tests and papers, do not have your books in front of you, but
rather use notes in which you have already condensed the information from your
sources. Also, if you are having trouble summarizing what a source says in your
own words, see me for help. I will not accept any test on which you follow your
sources too closely. I will allow you to correct your mistakes, but I will deduct
at least 10 points from your grade, ask you to re-do it, and treat it as late. If
there is still a problem with paraphrasing in your revised work, you will
receive a 0 on that paper.
B. Plagiarism: Plagiarism is when you use information from sources (besides the
sources which I list in your test instructions) without giving those sources credit—
this is academic dishonesty and it is a serious offense. The first offense of
plagiarism will result in a 0 for that assignment, if you admit to it. Not admitting
plagiarism in the face of clear evidence or a second offense will result in your failing
C. Cheating: Make your own notes and write your own work—don’t study with
your classmates. Cheating means you will fail the assignment and you may fail
the class. Cheating is not doing your own work, on a take-home paper or on an in-
class test—if you give a classmate your notes or note cards, or accept someone else’s
notes, either outside of class or in class, that’s cheating, and it will result in a 0 for
you on that assignment. Don’t study with for test or quizzes with a friend or
classmate—if you need help, ask me!
D. Use Only the Required Sources on Assignments – No internet sources or
notes allowed! Using internet sources will result in failing the assignment.
All your answers in your in-class tests must be from the sources which I’ll list for
you--with no other sources used. I will not give you any credit on an answer from
an internet source like Sparks Notes or Cliff Notes. All information on your take-
home tests must come from your textbook, class power points and class notes on
Moodle, in-class films, and any sources placed on reserve in the library by me. I will
not give you a chance to re-write these tests or papers.
4. Classroom Rules of Behavior:
NO TALKING UNLESS I CALL ON YOU. You should be quiet—no
conversations, not even whispering—during class, beginning with my calling
of the roll each day. Raise your hand if you want to ask a question or make a
comment during class.
NO PHONING, NO TEXTING, NO MUSIC, NO COMPUTERS DURING CLASS.
NO SLEEPING OR SLUMPING FORWARD OR BACK. NO FEET ON TABLES.
NO EATING IN CLASS – DRINKING IS OKAY
BE ON TIME AND DON’T LEAVE EARLY.
BE COOPERATIVE – IF I ASK YOU TO TRY A DANCE OR SING, I EXPECT YOU
TO GIVE IT A TRY. REFUSAL MEANS THAT I’LL ASK YOU TO LEAVE CLASS.
DEALING WITH CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR: After a first offense, I will give you
a friendly reminder; after a second offense, I’ll give you a more serious
warning and talk to you in more detail about the problem; after a third
offense, I will ask you to drop the course or discuss the matter with me and
the dean of my division to explore the problem in more detail.
Meeting of the Minds
What if we could resurrect people from the past and talk about their lives? Well,
now—with your help—we can! Each of you should choose and first and second
choice of characters listed in the course calendar. Let me know your first and
second choice either by e-mail or in person by the end of the first week of class.
After I have assigned you a character, you can find the questions which I’ll ask you
the “Meeting of Minds Characters” list on Moodle.
Research Requirements – 60% of your Meeting of Minds grade:
1. Annotated Bibliography Required: The only written work you must turn in for
your “Meeting of the Minds” presentation is an annotated bibliography—this is a list
of your sources with a description of what you learned from each source. I will hand
out a sample in class for you to follow. Your citations should follow the MLA
format—this is available easily on the web or on our LBCC library website if you
2. Primary and Secondary Sources – Book and Articles: You will need to read at
least 2 original sources and 2 secondary sources in preparing your presentation. An
original source is one which was written or produced during the lifetime of the
person you are portraying. Any source written by your character is an original
source, but so is any description of your character written by someone who lived
then. A secondary source is one which was written about the person you are
portraying long after this person’s death—it can be a book or article. You will also
need to cite and describe these sources on a typed Annotated Bibliography, which is
due at the time of your presentation, either on paper or via e-mail. You should cite
each source according to the MLA format, and directly below each source, you
should describe what you learned from each source in at least one long paragraph
3. Books and Articles and Complete Primary Sources: In your research, you
must find full-length books or biographies about your character or articles from
historical journals from the library’s “Academic Search Premiere” data base.
Internet sources like Wikipedia are not acceptable secondary sources! These are
not in-depth, not scholarly, and not always reliable. Citing web-based secondary
sources like Wikipedia will cost you 10 points off your bibliography grade.
For primary or first-hand sources, you may use the internet, but you must find
complete sources or collections: letters, diaries, and memoirs are best and can be
found through our library search databases and on the internet. Quotations from
short articles or books don’t count as primary sources—you needed to read these
primary accounts in more depth to understand them. Internet Failing to follow
these instructions will cost you from 1 to 10 points on your Meeting of the Minds
4. Where to Look: Start in our library and other libraries, not on the web! You’ll
find a great research guide on the LBCC library’s home page. Go to “Class Guides” on
the left toward the bottom—click it, and then go to “Meeting of the Minds”—there
you will find tips on where to find both original and secondary sources. You should
also consult our public libraries in both Albany, Corvallis, and elsewhere, and you
can also check sources out of Oregon State University’s library. Also, use “world
cat” to search for books all over the country and get them through inter-library
loan—but start early!
Richenda Hawkins, reference librarian – Ask her for help!
In-class Performance – 40% of your Meeting of the Minds Grade
A) Answering My Questions: Each of you will answer questions asked by me in a
talk-show format. You’ll find these questions on Moodle once you have chosen a
character and gotten my approval. You will be sitting in front of the class with your
fellow guests while I’ll ask questions. You will have a conversation with me, not give
a prepared speech. Of course, your answers to these questions should be accurate,
detailed, thoughtful, and interesting! Do your homework, but also be enthusiastic
and get into your character!
B) Rehearse and Don’t Read! You may use note cards during the presentation, but
you may not read from them! You should rehearse your answers to my questions
(which you’ll get when you e-mail me before your presentation). You should speak
to us in a natural voice and look at us (unless you need to read a direct quotation).
C) Costume is Required: You must have a costume in order to do the Meeting of
the Minds. Without a costume, as I define it, I will not let you present. You will have
to present on another day, and it will cost you at least 15 points from your grade. My
definition of a “costume” is that it’s at least similar to what the person would have
worn—it includes more than a hat or shoes, but an entire outfit. Also, it cannot
consist of clothes which you might ordinarily wear. Try to find a painting or other
image of the person you are portraying, and then use your imagination!! If you
need help, ask me!!!
Course Calendar: It is your responsibility to know what the assigned reading is for
each day in class, and to know when your in-class tests are. Jones = Terry Jones, The
American Civil War.
January 10 Course Introduction. For January 12, read chapter 1 in Jones.
January 12 1800-1850: Slavery in America and North vs. South. For January 17, read
chapter 2 in Jones.
January 17 1850-1860: Moving Toward War. For January 19, read pp. 57-68 and pp.
101-110 in Jones.
January 19 1861: War: Union and Confederate Strategy, Tactics, and Logistics. For
January 24, read pp. 68-78 and pp. 111-116 in your textbook.
January 24 1861-1862: Battle of First Bull Run, Battle of Wilson’s Creek, and Battles
of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson. For January 28, read pp. 137-153 and
pp. 190-196 in Jones.
January 26 1862: Stonewall’s Valley Campaign, the Seven Days, and the Battle of
Ironclads. For January 31, read pp. 160-174 in your textbook.
January 31 1862: Battle of Antietam and Kentucky Campaign
February 2 Meeting of the Minds, Show #1: Elmer Ellsworth, Union soldier and
martyr; Rose Greenhow, Confederate spy; George Templeton Strong,
New York writer who kept a diary; John Brown, abolitionist and
raider of Harper’s Ferry; Mary Chesnut, Southern lady who saw the
beginning of the war at Fort Sumter; Harriet Tubman, leader of slaves
to freedom; Union soldier Lyons Wakeman. For February 7, read
chapter 9 in Jones.
February 7 Emancipation: African Americans during the Civil War
February 9 In-class test #1 on The March, covering “Georgia” and “South Carolina”
(part one and part two of the book). For February 14, read pp. 411-426 in
February 14 Women during the Civil War
February 16 Meeting of the Minds, Show #2: Confederate soldier Sam Watkins;
Raphael Semmes, captain of the C.S.S. “Alabama”; J.E.B. Stuart,
Confederate cavalry leader; Clara Barton, nurse during the war
who worked to identify missing soldiers after the war; Kate Cumming,
Confederate nurse; George Root, Union songwriter”; William Carney,
Union soldier who won the Medal of Honor. For February 21, read
chapter 14 in Jones.
February 21 1863: Battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. For February 23, read
chapter 15 in Jones.
February 23 1863: The Vicksburg Campaign. For February 28, read pp. 513-534 in
February 28 1864: Grant vs. Lee.
March 1 Meeting of the Minds, Show #3: Bloody Bill Anderson, rebel guerilla
leader; Julia Ward Howe, writer of the song “Battle Hymn of the
Republic”; Clement Vallandigham, Northern Democrat was arrested
for opposing the war; Belle Boyd, Southern spy; Union General Phil
Sheridan; Mary Edwards Walker, Union doctor; George Armstrong
Custer, Union cavalry leader. For Tuesday, March 6, read chapter 19 in
March 6 Civil War Prisons and Guerilla War.
March 8 In-class Test #2 on The March” covering “North Carolina”.
For March 13, read the Moodle article titled “The Mythology of
Sherman’s March” and watch the video on Moodle titled “Sherman’s
March: Final Revenge.”
March 13 1864-1865: Sherman’s March and Union Victory
March 15 Meeting of the Minds, Show #4: Cap. Henry Wirz, commander of the
Andersonville prison and Union soldier John Ransom, prisoner at
Andersonville; Union General Winfield Scott Hancock and
Confederate General Lewis Armistead, best friends before the Civil
War; Varina Davis and Jefferson Davis, First Lady and President of the
Confederacy; Clifton Prentiss and William Prentiss, brothers who
fought on opposite sides during the Civil War.
Final Meeting of Minds Show on Tuesday, March 20 from 2:30 to 4:30
There will be no final exam—just the Meeting of the Minds, featuring the following
characters: Mary Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln; John Wilkes Booth, who murdered
Abraham Lincoln; Mary Surratt, hanged for conspiring in the assassination of President
Lincoln; Matthew Brady, Civil War photographer; Mary “Mother” Bickerdyke, Union
volunteer and sanitary worker; Fanny Butler, Southern land owner during
reconstruction; President Andrew Johnson; Tunis Campbell, African American leader
during Reconstruction; Nathan Bedford Forrest, first leader of the Ku Klux Klan.