Syllabus Michael Bedard HIST 101

Syllabus Michael Bedard HIST 101

HIST 101  - US History Col. Am. to Rev. Era

Spring 2019 Distance Learning Syllabus 

Calendar of Readings, Lectures & Due Dates

Week 1: "Colliding Worlds, 1450-1600" Henretta Chapter 1  P 2-33; Quiz 1/Essay 1 Due

Week 2: American Voices “Cortes and Moctezuma Meet” P 30 Quiz 2/Essay 2 Due

Week 3: "American Experiments, 1521-1700" Henretta Chapter 2 P 34-63: Quiz 3/Essay 3 Due

Week 4: American Voices "Mary Rowlandson: A Captivity Narrative" P 60 Quiz 4/Essay Due

Week 5: "British...Atlantic World, 1660-1750" Henretta Chapter 3 P 64-97: Quiz 5/Essay 5 Due

Week 6: America Compared "Olaudah Equiano: ‘Brutal 'Middle Passage'" P 82

             Quiz 6/Essay 6 Due

Week 7: "Growth, Diversity and Conflict, 1720-1763" Henretta Chapter 4 P 98-127

              Quiz 7/Essay 7 Due

Week 8: American Voices "Sarah Osborn: A Quest for Assurance" P 113 Quiz 8/Essay 8 Due

Week 9: "The Problem of Empire, 1763 - 1776" Henretta Chapter 5 P 128-160: Quiz 9/Essay 9 Due

Week 10: America Compared "American View of Stamp Act" P 141 Quiz 10/Essay 10Due

Week 11: "Making War, Republican Governments, 1776 - 1789" Henretta Chapter 6

               P 161-191; Quiz 11/Essay 11 Due

               US Constitution Article 1, Section 2 3/5s clause Agel/Gerberg P 10-11;    

                                         Article 1, Section 9 Atlantic Slave Trade clause Agel P 20-21;

                                         Article 4, Section 2 Fugitive Slave/Servant clause Agel P 30-33.

Week 12: American Voices "Robert Yates and John Lansing: A Protest Against the

                Philadelphia Convention" P 186 Quiz 12/Essay 12 Due

Week 13: "Hammering Out a Federal Republic, 1787 - 1820" Henretta Chapter 7

                P 192-223: Quiz 13/Essay 13 Due

Week 14: America Compared “The Haitian Revolution and the Problem of Race” P 200

                Quiz 14/Essay 14 Essay Due

Week 15: Louisiana Purchase; Lewis & Clarke Expedition

                Quiz 15/Essay 15 Due

                Final Exam


                                                   SAMPLE  ESSAY  PARAGRAPH

Full Name/Email address

US History 101 Online: Section _______

Exam # ____


                                                One Preamble, Six Purposes                                                                            

     Jerome Agel and Mort Gerberg note, “The 52-word Preamble grants no power to the Federal

government but helps in the interpretation of the Constitution” (11). The Preamble states

six goals and sometimes "union," "justice," "tranquility," "defence," "welfare" and "liberty" come

into conflict (Module 10 Lecture). Pennsylvania Delegate Gouverneur Morris, "an advocate of free

markets and personal liberty," wrote the Preamble and reduced the twenty-three proposed

articles to seven (Henretta 185). The Preamble significantly “walks before” the checks and

balances, separation of powers and federalism pillars of the US Constitution and it relevantly

interprets the world’s oldest national constitution in the twenty-first century.


                                                       Essay Instructions

  • Use SPECIFIC RENNs: Reasons, Examples, Names, Numbers.
  • Cite At Least 2 Different Syllabus/Module Sources INSIDE the Paragraphs.

When Quoting, use Source/Subject, Verb, “quote “ (Page #).

When Paraphrasing, cite (Author Page) in (  ) at End of sentence: (Agel 10).

When citing "Weekly Overview [Lectures]" as sources, put Week # in (  )  (Week 2 Overview).

  • State the Significance and/or Relevance of the Topic at the end of your exam.

Significance = what it meant back then; Relevance = what it meant after or today

  • Do NOT use the Internet. Do Not submit a Works Cited page.
  • Type; Double Space; use ARIAL, 12-POINT FONT like this Sample Answer.


Course Grading:

15 Weekly Discussions:  2% Each = 30% of Total Course grade

15 Weekly Quizzes          2% Each = 30% of Total Course grade

15 Weekly short Essays  2% Each  = 30% of Total Course grade

Final Exam, Last week:                    = 10% of Total Course grade

R grade: Revise/Rewrite/Resubmit BOTH the Original Draft & Revised Versions


Required Texts:

Agel, Jerome & Mort Gerberg. The U.S. Constitution for Everyone. Penguin Books, June 2001. ISBN: 978-0-399-51305-3.

Henretta, James; Eric Hinderaker; Rebecca Edwards & Robert Self. America: A Concise History: Volume I To 1877. 6th Edition. Bedford/St. Martins, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4576- 4865-6.


Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of the main events, topics and themes inherent in the cultural, socio-economic, political and ideological patterns of colonial America and the early United States and to develop some insight into the forces of historical change.
  • Define what is historically factual and to distinguish inference from opinion.
  • Recognize the range of interpretation in the discipline (historical revisionism) and comprehend the varying arguments, voices, inferences, etc., within primary and secondary historical texts.
  • Recognize the “clues” in primary texts and materials for a more informed analysis: authorship; the purpose of authorship; intended audiences; the rhetorical devices employed; the “story line;” possible interpretations of a piece unintended by the author; connections with other texts; credibility, consistency and/or accuracy and to realize that varied interpretations of such texts is probable.
  • Recognize the ethical commitment of the historian to alter an historical a priori or hypothesis in light of research and evidence.
  • Recognize value in history for a greater understanding of the present and its importance for making choices for the future.
  • Demonstrate ability and confidence in voicing curiosity, responding to questions of instructors or other students, being able to defend taken positions, and to apply the protocols of intellectual discussion and debate.
  • Demonstrate an ability to write coherently and analytically; to think and write like historians.
  • Recognize the ethnic, racial, gender and religious diversity inherent in colonial America.
  • Demonstrate an ability to cipher historical maps pertinent to History 101. For example, to point out the cultural assumptions and implications of William Penn’s plans for the city of Philadelphia.



  • Attendance: Withdraw to avoid F; see College Calendar Spring 2019 Deadline.
  • Academic Integrity: Even 1 violation results in Automatic failure. There are No exceptions: Ignorance and carelessness are Not acceptable excuses. If you are unsure about what is Not appropriate, please notify the instructor without delay.
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Course Summary:

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