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Diablo Valley College Summer 2018 HIST 120-5586 (3 units)

06/18/2018 to 07/07/2018

History of the United States Last time this document was updated: 6/14/2018 3:33 PM

A pdf version of this document is available on the Canvas Course Homepage.


You may download this Syllabus/Schedule from Canvas as a pdf, but your print version might become out-of-date. The Canvas version will always be up-to-date. To be sure that your downloaded version is current, compare the date-time stamp on page 1 of your print version to the Canvas version. In the event of conflict between your print version and the version on Canvas, please follow the Canvas version. Instructor: Mary Ann Irwin

Complete 15 Timed Online Quizzes: Please see the Schedule beginning at p. 8 for quiz due dates. If you miss one quiz, you might be able to take it as a makeup Quiz during the last week of the term. Unless you provide me with a personal medical excuse, you will pay a 35% late penalty. Please see my late policy on p. 5.

Check Your DVC Email Account Every Day: The only way I have of communicating with you is via DVC email. Therefore, please check your DVC email account EVERY DAY. I might modify an assignment over the next three weeks. If I change a due date, I will notify you via your DVC email account. I won’t call you. I won’t text you. I won’t come to your house. Anything I need to tell you, I will tell you via DVC email.

Keep Track of Your Grade: Go to MODULES on our course homepage. Download and save to your computer the editable Excel spreadsheet you will find there. You begin the course with perfect scores on all your quizzes and with a letter grade of “A.” Enter your own scores as you complete exams. The spreadsheet will help you determine your standing in the class at any point over the next three weeks.

DSS Services: If you are registered with DSS, please contact them and tell them that you are enrolled in this course. They will contact me and tell me what accommodations you require. I cannot contact DSS for you, for confidentiality reasons. Please do this as soon as possible, to ensure that I provide you with the accommodations that you require.

IMPORTANT WARNINGS:  If you do not perform well on timed exams, DO NOT take this class. All we are doing is taking timed exams.  If you do best in classes with face-to-face instruction, DO NOT take this class. This class is 100% online.  If you do best in online classes with recorded lectures, DO NOT take this class. I offer no recorded lectures (however, if you purchase your required textbook new, it comes bundled with access to LAUNCHPAD, our textbook publisher’s very helpful student study guide)

If you need a slow-paced course with 16 weeks of instruction, DO NOT take this class. We cover 15 chapters in three weeks, five chapters per week. This class is only for the extremely motivated, very well-organized student. If that is not you, DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS!

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A History of the United States to 1865. This course examines cultural, economic, political, and social factors ‌.


‌ and includes the experiences and contributions of Native American, African, Asian, Mexican/Latino and European men and women in the development of American society.

The course will cover the origins, nature, and impact of the U.S. Constitution on American history before 1865 including the political philosophies of the framers, the operation of political institutions, and the rights and obligations of citizens.

Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 122 or equivalent . CSU, UC transferable (credit limits may apply to UC--see counselor)

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Recommended Book: Johnson, Reading the American Past Vol. I, 5th ed. (Boston: Bedford Books, 2012). This book is optional. You do not need to purchase it. No exam questions will cover readings in the recommended text. REQUIRED BOOK: Roark, et al., The American Promise, Volume I to 1877, 7th Ed. (St. Martin’s Press, 2017); Value Edition, ISBN 1319189091, NEW is $60.95 at DVC Book Center and comes bundled with Launchpad (12 Months). USED: $45.75 (no Launchpad) NOTE: I WILL GRANT NO EXTENSIONS ON QUIZZES BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT YET PURCHASED OUR REQUIRED TEXTBOOK. I WILL NOT GIVE YOU EXTRA TIME TO TAKE QUIZZES BECAUSE YOU ORDERED YOUR BOOK FROM ANOTHER GALAXY AND IT HAS NOT YET ARRIVED.


15 quizzes, 8 points each

Total points possible

120 points total


112 (94%)-120


100 (84%)-111


88 (74%)-99


75 (64%)-87


Below 75


Scores on graded quizzes will be posted on Canvas throughout the term. It is your responsibility to be aware of your progress in the class. To determine your grade at any given moment: as you complete quizzes, use the Excel spreadsheet in MODULES to determine your best possible point total on remaining quizzes.

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XxSTUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES At the end of the term, students should be able to: A. Analyze the primary social, economic, and political issues and events in United States history through 1865. B. Compare and contrast the primary social, economic, and political issues facing diverse groups in United States history through 1865 with an emphasis on the continuity of the United States experience and its derivation from other cultures. C. Recognize and discuss the 19th century origins of United States foreign policy and the development of relationships with foreign nations. D. Identify the origins and analyze the operation of political institutions and processes under the U.S. Constitution, including the rights and obligations of citizens. E. Demonstrate the ability to interpret primary and secondary sources and to compose an argument which uses them, as appropriate, for support. F. Weigh the major economic, technological and scientific developments in United States history through 1865 and their historical significance.

My Policy on Late Work I will permit you to make up any missed quiz without penalty IF you provide me with documentation from a medical facility confirming a medical reason for your inability to meet the deadline. Except in cases of emergency (e.g., involvement in an automobile accident), your personal medical excuse should cover at least three full days prior to the quiz deadline, not just the last possible second for submitting the quiz.

I will permit you to make up no more than one missed chapter quiz without medical excuse beginning Week 3 (see the Schedule). You must contact me during Week 3 and ask me to make the quiz available to you. Please note the deadline for completing any requested makeup quiz in the Schedule below. The penalty for making up a missed quiz without a personal medical excuse is 35%.

NOTE: Make-up Exams are not "Do Overs." You may not retake an exam on which you did poorly. Put another way: Exámenes de maquillaje no son "Do-Overs". 化妆考试不是“收购” Макияж экзамены не являются "делаете-кадром."

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I give you two minutes per question on each chapter quiz. Each quiz will deliver one question at a time. To save your answer, click on NEXT. Canvas will save your answer and move you to the next question. To submit your quiz for grading, click on SUBMIT QUIZ at the bottom of the quiz screen. Note that grading is not automatic— I must grade each quiz individually. Thank you for your patience.


Each Quiz covers one chapter. Each Quiz consists of eight questions worth one point each. Each Quiz has a one or two multiple-choice questions. Multiple-Choice Questions are word problems. Your best approach in a multiple-choice question is to read the question carefully, because each word matters, and then to eliminate wrong choices. Each wrong choice has a problem: it describes something that did not happen. Usually the correct choice is correct only because there is nothing wrong with it, not because it is such a profound truth!

Each quiz has a one or two mini-essay questions. Mini-Essay Questions ask you to identify key persons, places, and events. Type your answer into the box provided. The box will expand to accommodate your answer. Be sure to answer all parts of multiplepart questions. Write in adequate detail—I am looking for specific information from our required textbook in your response to the prompt. Spelling and punctuation are not important, but please write clearly enough that I can understand what you are trying to say. Each quiz has a one or two matching questions. Matching Questions ask you to correctly link descriptions to significant people, places, and things. Answer each question by typing into the box the capital letter that represents the correct relationship. JUST TYPE THE LETTER, not the punctuation, not the answer. JUST THE LETTER. (If you put in extra stuff, Canvas will mark your answer WRONG. In other words, even if your answer is right, if you put extra information in the box, Canvas will mark you wrong.)

The Internet and You Some students will be sorely tempted to copy and paste random information from the Internet into their mini-essay exam questions. Maybe that strategy will work for them, maybe it won't.

Here is my rule on Internet sources in mini-essay exam answers: I am looking for specific information from our required textbook in your mini-essay exam answers. If I don’t find that information in your exam answer, I will mark your answer wrong. Please note: It irritates your professor when you repeat the question back to her as part of your miniessay answer. As is true in person-to-person conversation, her first thought is that you are stalling for time because you do not know the answer.

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I take a very dim view of it. By enrolling in this class, students agree to uphold DVC's standards of academic integrity described here: tudentrights/academic-integrity.html I will take all the steps DVC permits to thwart students engaged in academic dishonesty. If you are confused, hard-pressed for time, or completely disenchanted, please contact me first, before you do something regrettable and illegal.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 1. Why Can't I See Which Quiz Question(s) I Got Wrong and the

Because other students (not you) cheat! In the interests of exam security, I do not publish exam questions and answers on the Internet.

Correct Answer?

2. Is There a Study Guide?

Why, yes there is! The publisher of our required textbook, MacMillan Higher Education, offers an excellent student study guide called “LAUNCHPAD.� More information about the study guide is available in the MODULES folder on Canvas.

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE WEEK 1 Week Beginning Monday June 18, 2018

You must read five chapters this week. You must take one exam per chapter (online, on Canvas). All of this week’s exams are available at 11:59 pm on Friday, June 22. Each is due by 11:59 pm Sunday, June 24. REQUIRED READINGS in ROARK: Chapter 1: Ancient America Before 1492 RECOMMENDED READING: Johnson --A Taino Origin Story: Ramón Pané, On Taino Religious Practices --A Seneca Origin Narrative: The Woman Who Fell from the Sky --Genesis: The Christian Origin Narrative: “In the Beginning” --Aristotle on Masters and Slaves: The Politics, ca. 300 B.C.

Chapter 2: Europeans Encounter the New World, 1492-1600 RECOMMENDED READING: Johnson --The King of the Congo Writes to the King of Portugal: King Afonso and King João III, Correspondence, 1526 --Columbus Describes His First Encounter with “Indians:” The Diario of Christopher Columbus's First Voyage to America, 1492- 1493 --A Conquistador Arrives in Mexico, 1519- 1520: Díaz del Castillo, The Conquest of New Spain, 1632 --A Mexican Description of the Conquest of Mexico: Accounts of Conquest from the Florentine Codex --Sir Thomas More Describes New World Utopia: Utopia, 1515

Chapter 3: The Southern Colonies in the Seventeenth Century, 1601-1700 RECOMMENDED READING: Johnson: --Richard Frethorne Describes Indentured Servitude in Virginia: Letter to Father and Mother, March 20, April 2, 3, 1623 --Opechancanough's 1622 Uprising in Virginia: Edward Waterhouse, Declaration, 1622 --Francisco Pareja Instructs Spanish Missionaries about the Sins of Florida's Timucuan Indians: Confessionario, 1613 --Sex and Race Relations: Testimony from Virginia Court Records, 1681 --Bacon's Rebellion: Nathaniel Bacon, Declaration, 1676

Chapter 4: The Northern Colonies in the Seventeenth Century, 1601-1700 RECOMMENDED READING: Johnson --The Arbella Sermon: Winthrop, A Model of Christian Charity, 1630 --Observations of New England Indians: Roger Williams, A Key into the Language of America, 1643 --Keeping Order in a Puritan Community: Suffolk County Court Records, 1671- 1673 --A Provincial Government Enacts Legislation: The Laws of Pennsylvania, 1682 --Words of the Bewitched: Testimony against Accused Witch Bridget Bishop, 1692

Chapter 5: Colonial America in the Eighteenth Century, 1701-1770 RECOMMENDED READING: Johnson: --Confessions of a Thief and Rapist: A Boston Broadside, 1768 --Poor Richard's Advice: Benjamin Franklin, Father Abraham's Speech from Poor Richard's Almanac, 1757 --An Anglican Criticizes New Light Baptists and Presbyterians in the South Carolina Backcountry: Charles Woodmason, Sermon on the Baptists and the Presbyterians, ca. 1768 --Advertisements for Runaway Slaves: South Carolina Gazette and Virginia Gazette, 1737- 1745 --A Moravian Missionary Interviews Slaves in the West Indies, 1767- 1768: Christian George Andreas Oldendorp, History of the Evangelical Brethren's Mission on the Caribbean Islands, 1777 Mon June 18

First date to drop

Tues June 19

Last Date to Add Last Date to Drop with Refund

Weds June 20

Last Date to Drop with no “W”

Thurs June 21 Friday June 22

Exams for Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 are available at 11:59 pm TONIGHT.

Sat June 23

Last Date to Request P/NP

Sun June 24

Exams for Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 are due by 11:59 pm TONIGHT.

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WEEK 2 Week beginning Mon June 25

You must read five chapters this week. You must take one exam per chapter (online, on Canvas). All of this week’s exams are available at 11:59 pm on Friday, June 29. Each is due by 11:59 pm Sunday, July 1. REQUIRED READINGS in ROARK: Chapter 6: The British Empire and the Colonial Crisis, 1754-1775 RECOMMENDED READING: Johnson: --An Oration on the Second Anniversary of the Boston Massacre: Joseph Warren, Boston Massacre Oration, March 5, 1772 --A Boston Shoemaker Recalls British Arrogance and the Boston Tea Party: George R. T. Hewes, Memoir, 1834 --Daniel Leonard Argues for Loyalty to the British Empire: To the Inhabitants of the Province of Massachusetts- Bay, 1774- 1775 --George Washington Concludes That the Crisis Has Arrived: Letters, 1774 --Edmund Burke Urges Reconciliation with the Colonies: Speech to Parliament, March 22, 1775

Chapter 7: The War for America, 1775-1783 RECOMMENDED READING: Johnson: --Thomas Paine Makes the Case for Independence: Common Sense, January 1776 --Letters of John and Abigail Adams: Correspondence, 1776 --George Washington Seeks Congressional Support for the Continental Army: Letter to John Hancock --Boston King Seeks Freedom by Running Away to the British Army: Memoir, 1798 --Joseph Brant Appeals to British Allies to Keep Promises: Address to British Secretary of State Lord Germain, 1776 --Message to Governor of Quebec, Frederick Haldimand, 1783

Chapter 8: Building a Republic, 1775-1789 RECOMMENDED READING: Johnson: --Richard Allen Founds the First African Methodist Church: Life, Experience, and Gospel Labours, 1833 --Thomas Jefferson on Slavery and Race: Notes on the State of Virginia, 1782 --Making the Case for the Constitution: James Madison, Federalist Number 10, 1787 --Mercy Otis Warren Opposes the Constitution: Observations on the New Constitution, 1788 --The Rights of Man in the Age of Revolution: Declaration of the Rights of Man, 1789 --Letter from Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1789

Chapter 9: The New Nation Takes Form, 1789-1800

RECOMMENDED READING: Johnson: --Why Free Government Has Always Failed: William Manning, The Key of Libberty, 1798 --A French Sugar Planter Describes the French and Saint Domingue Revolutions: A Sugar Planter of Saint Domingue --Mary Dewees Moves West to Kentucky: Journal, 1788- 1789 --Alexander Hamilton on the Economy: Report on the Subject of Manufactures, 1791 --President George Washington's Parting Advice to the Nation: Farewell Address to the People of the United States, 1796

Chapter 10: Republicans in Power, 1800-1824 RECOMMENDED READING: Johnson: --A Jeffersonian Sailmaker's Fourth of July Address: Peter Wendover, Oration, July 4, 1806 --James Hamilton's Path to Enlistment during the War of 1812: Confession, 1818 --James Forten Protests Pennsylvania Law Threatening Enslavement of Free African Americans: Letters from a Man of Colour --President Thomas Jefferson's Private and Public Indian Policy: Letter to Governor William H. Harrison, February 27, 1803 --Address to the Wolf and People of the Mandan Nation, December 30, 1806 --Meriwether Lewis Describes the Shoshone: The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1805 Mon June 25

Tues June 26

Weds June 27

Thurs June 28

Fri June 29

Exams for Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 are available at 11:59 pm TONIGHT.

Saturday June 30

Sun July 1

Exams for Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 are due by 11:59 pm TONIGHT. Online Syllabus/Schedule, page 9

WEEK 3 Week Beginning Mon July 2

You must read five chapters this week. You must take one exam per chapter (online, on Canvas). All of this week’s exams are available at 11:59 pm on Friday, July 6. Each is due by 11:59 pm Sunday, July 8. Contact me this week if you missed a quiz and ask me to make it available to you as a makeup. Please see my Late Policy on p. 5. REQUIRED READINGS IN ROARK:

Chapter 11: The Expanding Republic, 1815-1840 RECOMMENDED READING: Johnson: --David Crockett Hunts Bear in Western Tennessee: A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett of the State of Tennessee, 1834 --President Andrew Jackson's Parting Words to the Nation: Farewell Address, March 4, 1837 --Cherokees Debate Removal: John Ross, Answer to Inquiries from a Friend, 1836; Elias Boudinot, A Reply to John Ross, 1837 --Sarah Grimké on the Status of Women: Letters on the Equality of the Sexes, 1838 --David Walker Demands Emancipation: Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World, 1829

Chapter 12: The New West and Free North, 1840-1860 RECOMMENDED READING: Johnson: --The Anxiety of Gain: Henry W. Bellows on Commerce and Morality --That Woman Is Man's Equal: The Seneca Falls Declaration: Declaration of Sentiments, 1848 --A Farmer's View of His Wife: Eliza Farnham, Conversation with a Newly Wed Westerner, 1846 --A Texan Enlists to Fight in the Mexican War: James K. Holland, Diary, 1846 --Gold Fever: Walter Colton, California Gold Rush Diary, 1849- 1850

Chapter 13: The Slave South, 1820-1860 RECOMMENDED READING: Johnson: --Madison Hemings Recalls Life as Thomas Jefferson's Enslaved Son: Interview, 1873 --Plantation Rules: Bennet Barrow, Highland Plantation Journal, May 1, 1838 --Nat Turner Explains Why He Became an Insurrectionist: The Confessions of Nat Turner, 1831 --The Proslavery Argument: James Henry Hammond, Letter to an English Abolitionist, 1845 --Hinton Helper Demands Abolition for the Good of White Southerners: The Impending Crisis of the South, 1857

Chapter 14: The House Divided, 1846-1861 RECOMMENDED READING: Johnson: --The Kansas- Nebraska Act: Abraham Lincoln, Speech in Peoria, Illinois, October 16, 1854 --The Antislavery Constitution: Frederick Douglass, The Constitution of the United States: Is It Proslavery or Antislavery? 1860 --The Proslavery Constitution: Jefferson Davis, Speech before the U.S. Senate, May 1860 --A Free African American Concludes Emigration Is Necessary: Granville B. Blanks, Letter to the Editor, 1852 --Abolitionist Lydia Maria Child Defends John Brown and Attacks the Slave Power: Correspondence

Chapter 15: The Crucible of War, 1861-1865 RECOMMENDED READING: Johnson: --President Lincoln's War Aims: Letter to Horace Greeley, August 22, 1862; The Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863 --A Former Slave's War Aims: Statement from an Anonymous Former Slave, New Orleans, 1863 --The New York Draft Riots: Report of the Committee of Merchants for the Relief of Colored People Suffering --A Virginia Woman Confronts Union Foragers: Nancy Emerson, Diary, 1864 --General William T. Sherman Explains the Hard Hand of War: Correspondence, 1864

Mon July 2

Last Date to Drop with 'W'

Tues July 3 Weds July 4

Thurs July 5 Fri July 6

Exams for Chapters 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 are available at 11:59 pm TONIGHT.

Sat July 7


Sun July 8

Exams for Chapters 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 are due by 11:59 pm TONIGHT. ANY MAKEUP QUIZ YOU MIGHT HAVE REQUESTED IS DUE BY 11:59 PM TONIGHT.

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