American History, 1607-1877
Dr. Patrick D. Reagan

History 2010-009 (#13713) 						Dr. Reagan
12:20-1:15 MWF                                             		Spring 2008
HH 114									HH109

Instructor Information

Office: Henderson Hall 109
Office Hours: 10-11 a.m. MWF and by appointment
Telephone: 372-3342 (office), 372-3332 (message), 528-3998 (home)
Professional experience of Dr. Reagan

Course Requirements

Read section below on Study Tips for History Classes first week and before examinations.

The objective of the course is to obtain a working knowledge of U.S. history between 1607 and 1877 through class attendance, lectures, readings, discussions, and examinations. Be sure to review the materials in the Study Tips section below for excellent, practical study advice through the course, especially as you prepare for examinations. Any student who believes he or she will require special consideration to meet the course requirements must consult with the Office of Disability Services during the first week of classes.

Study Tips for History Classes

Required Books

Course Themes

Reading Assignments with
Lecture and Discussion Schedule

Readings should be completed before/during the week assigned.

Assignment: Text, Preface, pp. 1-38; Hartshorne, Preface; and review Study Tips above.
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January 14--Introduction
January 16--Course syllabus and responsibilities
January 18--No Class; complete readings, review Study Tips section above

From Colonies to Nation, 1607-1776

Assignment: Text, pp. 39-83; Hartshorne, Preface and pp. 3-53
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January 21--Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, no class
January 23--The European Heritage and Cultural Contact
January 25--Slavery in Colonial Virginia

Assignment: Text, 84-165 and Hartshorne, pp. 3-53, 69-97
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January 28--Puritan New England
January 30--Pluralism in the Middle Colonies
February 1--Discussion based on Hartshorne, pp. 3-52, 69-97

Creating a Republic, 1776-1815

Assignment: Text, 166-247, Declaration of Independence (A-1-3 in back of Text) and Hartshorne, pp. 99-149
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February 4--The Rise of the Assemblies, 1689-1763
February 6--Origins of the American Revolution
February 8--Discussion on the Declaration of Independence

Assignment: Text, pp. 248-268 and Articles of Confederation and Constitution and Bill of Rights (Amendments I-X) (A-3 to A-12 in back of Text); BEGIN STUDY FOR EXAMINATION
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February 11--The American Revolution, 1776-1783
February 13--From Confederation to Constitution, 1781-1787
February 15--Discussion on the Constitution

Assignment: Study for Examination and Text, pp. 268-325 after examination
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February 18--Questions and review for examination
February 20--Examination
February 22--The First Party System

National Expansion, 1790-1840's

Assignment: Hartshorne, pp. 151-165 and Text, pp. 326-371, 414-436
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February 25--Early Economic Growth
February 27--Discussion based on Hartshorne, pp. 151-165
February 29--Frontier Expansion

March 3-7--Spring Break, No Class

Assignment: Hartshorne, pp. 167-179, 213-223, 271-283; and Text, pp. 372-413
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March 10--Indian Removal
March 12--Discussion based on Hartshorne, pp. 167-179, 213-223, 271-283
March 14--Jacksonian Society, 1824-1840's

Assignment: Text, 415-424, 321-323, 130-133, 332-335, 441-444 and

Hartshorne, pp. 239-267, 181-193

Internet Resources: March 17--Immigration in Antebellum America
March 19--Discussion based on Hartshorne, pp. 253-267
March 21--Good Friday holiday, no class

Assignment: Review notes and STUDY FOR EXAMINATION
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March 24--Women and the Family in Antebellum America
March 26--Questions and review for examination
March 28--Examination

Slavery, Reform and Sectionalism, 1830-1860

Assignment: Text, pp. 462-493 and Hartshorne, pp. 225-237
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March 31--The Old South
April 2--The Institution of Slavery
April 4--Discussion on slavery based on Hartshorne, pp. 225-237

Assignment: Text, pp. 437-461, 494-532 and Hartshorne, pp. 195-208, 285-295
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April 7--Antebellum Reform
April 9--The Abolitionists
April 11--The War with Mexico

Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Assignment: Text, pp. 533-567 and Levine, pp. ix-xii, 1-120, 121-255
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April 14--Discussion on Half Slave and Half Free, pp. ix-xii, 1-120
April 16--Discussion on Half Slave and Half Free, pp. 121-255<
April 18--Origins of the Republican Party

Assignment: Text, pp. 568-654 and Hartshorne, pp. 297-339
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April 21--The Americans Civil War, 1861-1865
April 23--Reconstruction: From Slavery to Freedom
April 25--Summary Lecture

Assignment: Study for Final Essay Examination
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April 30--Wednesday, Final Examination, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

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