Posted On: Nov. 4, 2017
TENNESSEE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY Department of History History If men could learn from history, what lessons might it teach us! But passion and party blind our eyes, and the light which experience gives us is a lantern on the stern which shines only on the waves behind us. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present. The only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history that we make today. -Henry Ford Introduction Welcome to History 2010. This course will provide you with an introduction to the history of the United States from its colonial origins up to the tragedy of the Civil War. Through lectures, class discussions, readings, and film, we will focus on how the interplay of three important cultures - Indian, European, and African - ultimately led the people who became Americans to recognize that they were different from the British who controlled the colonies. We will also focus on the interesting development that as democracy spread throughout the newly created United States, so too did slavery. And of course we will focus on growing tension between northerners and southerners that would erupt in the bloodiest and most devastating war in our nation’s history. In our survey of this period we will study important economic trends, political movements, cultural developments, and social changes that influenced the lives of individual Americans. We will encounter well-known leaders who played important roles in shaping early America, and we will also encounter lesser-known folk whose lives were representative of a particular group or movement. We will attempt to understand the story of America through the eyes of the “savage” and the “civilized”, the servant (both white and black) and the master, the northerner and the southerner. This course is designed to help students achieve several General Education Outcome Goals. A description of these goals can be found on the TTU History Department’s Homepage - General Education Requirements. Course Text Henretta, et. al, America: A Concise History, Volume 1 (6th Edition) Additional required reading material for specific class topics will be provided through iLearn Student Responsibilities Except for reasonable cause, students are expected to attend all regularly scheduled class meetings and exams. Students who miss a quiz or exam can make it up without penalty if they promptly provide appropriate documentation for their absence. A late penalty will be applied to make-up quizzes and exams without prompt notification and appropriate documentation. Food and drinks are not permitted in our classroom. Please turn off mobile phones during class. Lap-tops and computer tablets may only be used for note-taking and other class-related tasks. Students who wish to record the class lecture must first speak with Professor Davis and receive his direct permission. I encourage all students to meet with me individually during my office hours if you wish to discuss any matters or particular concerns you have about this course. Throughout the rest of the week it is easier to get in touch with me using email. I only respond to my tntech.edu email, not iLearn email. Students with a disability requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Disabilities Services (ODS). An Accommodation Request (AR) should be completed as soon as possible, preferably by the end of the first week of the course. The ODS is located in the University Center, Room 112; phone 372-6119. Class Cancellation In the event that weather conditions make it dangerous for the class to be held, or other circumstances arise that prevent the class from meeting, students will be notified through the campus email network of the cancellation or postponement. A student who does feel that weather conditions make it unsafe to try to come to class will not be punished for missing a quiz, but they must inform Professor Davis as soon as possible and schedule a make-up. Grading The components of the final grade will be: First Exam: 25% (100 points) Second Exam: 25% (100 pts.) Final Exam: 25% (100 pts.) Quizzes: 25% (10 x 10pts. each = 100 pts.) Overall Grade 100% (400 pts.) Student's overall grade will be determined by the following scale: A 360-400pts. (90%) B 320-359pts. (80%) C 280-319pts. (70%) D 240-279pts. (60%) F 000-239pts. The exams will be comprehensive in the sense that the student will be responsible for all material covered in class, as well as the class text and required readings. The exams will have objective exercises (matching, multiple choice, fill-in blank, and map identification), and will use scantron answer sheets. Students are to take the exams without the aid of notes. Evidence of cheating will be dealt with in the most severe manner possible. Review guides for the exams will be distributed via iLearn the week before the test date. There will be eleven weekly class quizzes over the course of the semester taken through iLearn. Each quiz will be worth ten points. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped. Students will have a 48-hour window to take the quizzes through iLearn once they are announced in class. Students who encounter technical difficulty with the system need to contact the ITS help desk in Clements Hall or ITS specialist Lauren Neal at 372-3675. She knows everything about iLearn and is very nice! There are no scheduled extra credit opportunities for this course. If Professor Davis decides to make any extra credit available, they will be announced in class and open to all students of the class. Course Content and Important Dates Part I: COLONIAL AMERICA 1607-1783 (Henretta chapters 1-5, first two sections of 6) 1. American Culture in the 16th Century 2. European Explorers 3. The First English Settlements 4. England’s Competitors in the New World 5. Colonial Society in Crisis 6. Royal Government in the Colonies 7. From Resistance to Revolution 8. American Victory in the South Exam 1: Friday, February 20 Part 2: THE FRAGILE REPUBLIC 1776-1848 (Henretta chapters 6-10, first two sections of 11) 1. The Fight Over the Constitution 2. The Federalists in Power 3. The Election of 1800 4. The Second War with Britain 5. Democracy in America 6. The Age of Reform 7. Manifest Destiny 8. The War with Mexico Exam 2: Wednesday, April 1 Part 3: THE CRISIS OF THE UNION 1846-1877 (Henretta chapters 11-14) 1. White Southerners in the Time of Slavery 2. Black Southerners in the Time of Slavery 3. The Movement Against Slavery 4. The 1850s: Conspiracies, Terrorism, Paranoia 5. John Brown’s Raid 6. The Election of 1860 7. The Military Campaigns of the Civil War 8. American Society During the War Final Exam: Monday, May 4 (1-3pm) Class outlines, additional readings, maps, and test previews are available on the content page for this class on iLearn. Students can also keep track of their quiz and test scores on the grades page on iLearn. Professor Davis cannot discuss grades over email, that must be done in my office.