New York State History Course Disclosure
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
The student will:
-develop an appreciation of and respect for the diverse social and ethnic groups who have settled in New York
-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
-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
Bodies of Water
First People of New York:
First Settlers of New York State
New York and the American Revolution
Fight for a Free Press
Queen Anne's War
French and Indian War
Creating the Empire State
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
Development of Upstate and Western New York
Holland Land Company
Macomb Tract and Ten Towns
Treaty of Big Tree
Erie Canal and Others
Religion, Reform, and Culture
Shakers and Oneida Community
Art and Literature
New York and the Civil War
New Problems and New Deals
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
D. METHOD OF EVALUATING STUDENTS:
One Term Paper (Instructions are on Dr Dzierba’s link—Test Bank
E. ATTENDANCE POLICY:
Attendance at all classes is extremely important.
F. TEXTBOOK: See Home Page
Internet and Library
G. SUGGESTED READING LIST:
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
Haydn, Roger, ed. Upstate Travels: British Views of Nineteenth-Century New York. Syracuse University
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.
The Buffalo News
The New York Times
H. OTHER SPECIFICATIONS, REQUIREMENTS, OR ARRANGEMENTS APPROPRIATE TO THE
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