New York State History Course Disclosure



MEDAILLE COLLEGE
AGASSIZ CIRCLE
BUFFALO, NEW YORK  14214

COURSE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT


COURSE NUMBER :HIS 402        COURSE TITLE:        The History of New York State

SECTION:      SEMESTER: Spring 20012

NUMBER OF CREDITS: 3        

PREREQUISITES :HIS 140 or HIS 150 or Junior Standing

INSTRUCTOR: r Timothy R Dzierba

INSTRUCTOR  AVAILABILITY:  See Office Door  M209

PLEASE NOTE:        Grading of student papers will reflect standard English usage.  The MLA bibliographic
style is generally used at Medaille.

Statement on Disabilities: Any student with a disability who believes he/she needs accommodation(s) in order to
complete this course should contact the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible.  The staff in the Office
of Disability Services will determine what accommodations are appropriate and reasonable under the Americans
with Disabilities Act.  The Office of Disability Services is located in the Main Building in Room M021 and can
be reached by phone at (716) 884-3281, extension 280.

A.        CATALOG DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

This course covers the Empire State from the early occupation to the present.  Emphasis will be on historical,
geographical, sociological, political, and economic developments.  These will be viewed within a multicultural
context.

B.        OBJECTIVES:

The student will:

-develop an appreciation of and respect for the diverse social and ethnic groups who have settled    in New York
State.
-identify the position of New York State in the development of the United States within the     historical context.
-identify the major events and personalities that have shaped the history of the Empire State.
-debate conflicting viewpoints on historical issues faced within the United States.
-examine the contributions of New Yorkers to the United States.

-further develop effective communication skills--the ability  to write and read well and speak and    listen
effectively.
-refine students' research skills through research projects.
-identify major sources of information about New York State.

C.        OUTLINE OF COURSE CONTENT:

Geography of New York State
Topography
Climate
Bodies of Water
Vegetation
Soil
Minerals

First People of New York:
The Algonkians
The Iroquois
Mohawks
Oneidas
Onondagas
Cayugas
Senecas
Tuscaroras

First Settlers of New York State
Dutch
English

New York and the American Revolution
Fight for a Free Press
Peter Zenger
Queen Anne's War
French and Indian War
Continental Congress

Creating the Empire State
Peter Cooper
Representative Government
Convention at Poughkeepsie
Ratification of the Constitution

Age of George Clinton
Washington Inaugurated in New York City
Alexander Hamilton vs. Aaron Burr

Rise of Business 1789-1825
Immigration
Factory System
Ship Building

Development of Upstate and Western New York
Holland Land Company
Military Tract
Macomb Tract and Ten Towns
Treaty of Big Tree
Erie Canal and Others

Religion, Reform, and Culture
Classical Revival
Abolitionists
Shakers and Oneida Community
Mormons
Temperance Societies
Art and Literature

Politics 1825-1860
William Tweed
James Fisk
Samuel Tilden
Charles O'Connor

New York and the Civil War
Underground Railroad
Quakers

New Problems and New Deals
Metropolitan Problems
Theodore Roosevelt
Al Smith
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Thomas E. Dewey

Downstate vs. Upstate
New York City--Hub of the Country and the World
Subculture in Upstate New York

The Postwar Years
St. Lawrence Seaway
Interstate Highway System

Challenges of the Nineties
Public Health and Education
Environmental Problems
Metropolitan Governments
Housing


D.        METHOD OF EVALUATING STUDENTS:

One Term Paper (Instructions are on Dr Dzierba’s link—Test Bank
Class Attendance
Class Participation
All Mandatory

E.        ATTENDANCE POLICY:

Attendance at all classes is extremely important.  

F.        TEXTBOOK: See Home Page

Internet and Library

G.        SUGGESTED READING LIST:

Books:

Allen, Oliver E.  The Tiger: The Rise and Fall of Tammany Hall.  Addison-Wesley, 1993.

Flick, Alexander C., ed.  History of the State of New York.  10 vols.  Port Washington, LI, NY: Ira Friedman
Inc., 1962.

Haydn, Roger, ed.  Upstate Travels: British Views of Nineteenth-Century New York.  Syracuse University
Press, 1982.

Hendrick, Welland.  Brief History of the Empire State.  Syracuse, NY: Bardeen, 1900.

Kenney, Alice P.  Stubborn for Liberty: The Dutch in New York.  Syracuse: Published for the New York State
American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, Syracuse University Press, 1975.

Miller, Mel.  A Complete Guide to New York State Publications.  New York State Assembly, 1990.

Osofsky, Gilbert.  Harlem: The Making of a Ghetto - Negro New York, 1890-1930.  Ivan B. Dee, 1996.

Sears, Mary Hun. Hudson Crossroads: A Documentary Narrative of Three Centuries in Upper                 New
York.  New York: Exposition Press, 1955.

Whitford, Noble E.  History of the Barge Canal of New York State.  Albany: Lyon Co., 1922.

Newspapers:

The Buffalo News
The New York Times


H.        OTHER SPECIFICATIONS, REQUIREMENTS, OR ARRANGEMENTS APPROPRIATE TO THE
COURSE:









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