HIS 140 Early United States History Course Disclosure
MEDAILLE COLLEGE AGASSIZ CIRCLE BUFFALO, NEW YORK 14214
COURSE NUMBER: HIS 140 COURSE TITLE: Early United States History
SECTION:01-D SEMESTER: Fall 2012
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 3
INSTRUCTOR: Timothy R. Dzierba, Ph.D.
INSTRUCTOR AVAILABILITY: See Office Door M209 for Office Hours Tim's Homepage:
hhtp://dzierba.tripod.com E-mail: email@example.com Medaille FAX: 884-0291; Medaille phone: 884-3281,
ext. 248; Home phone: 773-5374
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
American 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. COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The history of America from Colonial times to Reconstruction. Emphasis will be placed on the Colonial
development, American Revolution, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.
The student will be able to: -demonstrate an understanding of how European explorers and colonists
perceived or misperceived the "host population" of American Indians. -describe Puritanism in Massachusetts
Bay Colony. -identify the important trends of growth, change, and maturation as they occurred in colonial
America between the time of settlement and the American Revolution. -describe the events and attitudes that
brought about the American Revolution and to assess their comparative importance. -describe the evolution
of the party system, including early divisive issues, significant events and people, and why federalism
ultimately failed. -analyze the rise of the democratic spirit in the United States in the early nineteenth century,
especially universal male suffrage. -demonstrate an understanding of the development of the factory system
and its impact on the U.S. -demonstrate an understanding of how slaves and former slaves thought and felt
about themselves. -identify principal factors that propelled Americans into territorial expansion. -demonstrate
a knowledge of the events which led to the Civil War. -demonstrate an understanding of Reconstruction.
-demonstrate analytical skills in history. This may include categorizing and classifying historical data; debating
the contrasting views of historians and how students of history perceive historical events. -demonstrate a
synthesis of historical data by combining primary and secondary historical sources for the purposes of
producing an historical perspective. -demonstrate evaluation skills by having students appraise
interpretations of various historians and offer opinions to justify their ranking and prioritizing of various stories
C. OUTLINE OF COURSE CONTENT:
I. Discovery and Settlement a. Pre-Columbian Indian Civilizations b. The Collision of Cultures c. Settling the
Chesapeake d. Settling New England e. Renewed Settlement f. Thriving Colonies
II. Colonial Ways of Life a. The Shape of Early America b. Society and Economy in the Southern Colonies c.
Society and Economy in New England d. Society and Economy in the Middle Colonies e. Colonial Cities f. The
Enlightenment g. The Great Awakening
III. The Imperial Perspective a. English Administration of the Colonies b. The Habit of Self-Government c.
Troubled Neighbors d. The Colonial Wars
IV. From Empire to Independence a. The Heritage of War b. Western Lands c. Grenville and the Stamp Act d.
Fanning the Flames
e. Discontent on the Frontier f. A Worsening Crisis g. Shifting Authority h. Independence
V. The American Revolution a. 1776: Washington's Narrow Escape b. American Society at War c. 1777:
Setbacks for the British d. 1778: Both Sides Regroup e. The War in the South f. Negotiations g. The Political
Revolution h. Emergence of an American Culture
VI. Shaping a Federal Union a. The Confederation b. Adopting the Constitution c. "A More Perfect Union"
VII. The Federalists: Washington and Adams a. A New Government b. Hamilton's Vision of America c. The
Republican Alternative d. Crises Foreign and Domestic e. The Adams Years
VIII. Republicanism: Jefferson and Madison a. Jefferson in Power b. Divisions in the Republican Party c. War
in Europe d. The War of 1812
IX. Nationalism and Sectionalism a. Economic Nationalism b. "Good Feelings" c. "A Firebell in the Night" d.
Judicial Nationalism e. Nationalist Diplomacy f. One-Party Politics
X. The Jacksonian Impulse a. Setting the Stage b. Nullification c. Indian Policy d. The Bank Controversy e.
Van Buren and the New Party System f. Assessing the Jackson Years
XI. The Dynamics of Growth a. Agriculture and the National Economy b. Transportation and the National
Economy c. The Growth of Industry d. Immigration e. Organized Labor f. Jacksonian Inequality
XII. An American Renaissance: Religion, Romanticism, and Reform a. Rational Religion b. The Second
Awakening c. Romanticism in America d. The Flowering of American Literature e. Education f. Some
Movements for Reform
XIII. Manifest Destiny a. The Tyler Years b. Moving West c. Annexing Texas d. Polk's Presidency e. The
XIV. The Old South: An American Tragedy a. Myth, Reality, and the Old South b. White Society in the South c.
Black Society in the South d. Anti-slavery Movements
XV. The Crisis of Union a. Slavery in the Territories b. The Compromise of 1850 c. Foreign Adventures d. The
Kansas-Nebraska Crisis e. The Deepening Sectional Crisis f. The Center Comes Apart
XVI. The War of the Union a. An Epic Struggle b. A Modern War c. The War's Early Course d. Emancipation e.
Government During the War f. The Faltering Confederacy g. The Confederacy's Defeat
XVII. Reconstruction: North and South a. The Battle Over Reconstruction b. Reconstruction the South c. The
D. METHOD OF EVALUATING STUDENTS:
See Test Bank on Homepage
E. COURSE ATTENDANCE POLICY:
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Bacon, Margaret H. Mothers of Feminism: The Story of Quaker Women in America. 1986.
Beard, Charles A. The Economic Origins of the Jeffersonian Opposition. 1915.
Bonomi, Patricia U. Under the Cope of Heaven: Religion, Society, and Politics in Colonial America. NY: Oxford
University Press, 1986.
Carter, Dan T. When the War Was Over: The Failure of Self-Reconstruction in the South, 1865-1867. Baton
Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1985.
Countryman, Edward. The American Revolution. Hill & Wang, 1985.
Davis, David Brion. Revolutions: Reflections on American Equality and Foreign Liberations. Cambridge, MA:
Harvard University Press, 1990.
------------------. Slavery and Human Progress. NY: Oxford University Press, 1984.
Davis, Natalie Zemon and Ernest R. May, eds. The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. NY: St.
Martin's Press, 1993.
-------------------------------------------. The World Turned Upside Down: Indian Voices from Early America. NY:
St. Martin's Press, 1994. Delbanco, Andrew. The Puritan Ordeal. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press,
Dickinson, Oliver M. The Navigation Acts and the American Revolution. 1951.
Dull, Jonathan R. A Diplomatic History of the American Revolution. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press,
Escott, Paul D. After Secession. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press,1978.
--------------. Many Excellent People. 1985.
--------------. Slavery Remembered. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1979.
Foner, Eric. Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877. NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 1988.
Franklin, John Hope. Reconstruction After the Civil War. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961.
Gilje, Paul A. The Road to Mobocracy: Popular Disorder in New York City, 1763-1834. Chapel Hill, NC:
University of North Carolina Press, 1987.
Gibson, Lawrence Henry. The British Empire Before the American Revolution. 15 volumes. 1936-1970.
Goodman, Paul. Toward a Christian Republic: Anti-Masonry and the Great Transition in New England,
Greene, Jack P. Pursuits of Happiness. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1988.
Jensen, Joan. Loosening the Bonds: Mid-Atlantic Farm Women, 1750-1850. New Haven, CT: Yale University
Kammen, Michael. A Machine That Would Go Of Itself: The Constitution in AmericanCulture. NY: St. Martin's
---------------. Sovereignty and Liberty: Constitutional Discourse in American Culture. Madison, WI: University
of Wisconsin Press, 1988.
---------------. Spheres of Liberty: Changing Perceptions of Liberty in American Culture. Madison, WI:
University of Wisconsin Press, 1986.
Kulikoff, Allan. Tobacco and Slaves. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1986.
Kupperman, Karen Ordahl. Roanoke: The Abandoned Colony. Lanham, MD: Rowman Publishers, 1984.
McCoy, Drew. The Elusive Republic: Political Economy in Jeffersonian America. Norman, OK: University of
Oklahoma Press, 1980.
-----------. The Last of the Fathers: James Madison and the Republican Legacy. NY:Cambridge University
McFeeley, William. Frederick Douglass. NY: Norton, 1991.
McPherson, James M. What They Fought For, 1861-1865. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University
Merrell, James H. The Indians' New World. NY: Norton, 1989.
Middlekauff, Robert. The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789. NY: Oxford University Press,
Miller, Christopher L. Prophetic Worlds: Indians and Whites on the Columbia Plateau. New Brunswick, NJ:
Rutgers University Press, 1985.
Miller, Perry. The New England Mind: The Seventeenth Century. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press,
Nash, Gary B. Forging Freedom: The Formation of Philadelphia's Black Community, 1720-1840. Cambridge,
MA: Harvard University Press, 1988.
Petit, Norman. The Heart Prepared: Grace and Conversion in Puritan Spiritual Life. Hanover, NH: Wesleyan
University Press, University Press of New England, 1989.
Salinger, Sharon U. "To Serve Well and Faithfully:" Labor and Indentured Servants in Pennsylvania,
1692-1800. NY: Cambridge University Press, 1987.
Silverman, Kenneth. The Life and Times of Cotton Mather. 1984.
Slaughter, Thomas P. The Whiskey Rebellion: Frontier Epilogue to the American Revolution. NY: Oxford
University Press, 1986.
Stampp, Kenneth. The Era of Reconstruction. NY: Random House, 1965.
---------------. The Peculiar Institution. 1955.
Washburn, Wilcomb E. The Indian in America. NY: Harper & Row, 1975.
White, Deborah G. Ar'n't I a Woman? NY: Norton, 1985.
White, Leonard D. The Federalists. Old Tappan, NJ: S.I, Macmillan, copyright 1959. Yellin, Jean Fagan.
Women and Sisters: The Antislavery Feminists in American Culture. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press,
H. OTHER SPECIFICATIONS, REQUIREMENTS, OR ARRANGEMENTS APPROPRIATE TO THE COURSE: