Professor Cornelia F. Sexauer (Connie)
Office number: 326
Office phone number: 261-6304
Office hours: M-F 10-10:50 or by appointment
Office e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
U. S. History to the Civil War
(T-R 8:30-9:45 AM)
The objectives of HIS 101 are to provide University of Wisconsin students an essential understanding of U.S. history from the founding of the country to and including Reconstruction. The course seeks to engage the student in history. At the same time the student will be given an opportunity to develop some of the skills of an historian – proficiencies that are useful in other professions as well. The assignments will include learning the expertise of an historian, and building analytical and communication skills. The themes of the course will include:
Migrants to the New World
Makings of Revolt
Problems of Government
Expansion of the Electorate
Society in the North and in the South
Manifest Destiny and Slavery
Union Comes Apart
As the students work through these themes they will have the opportunity to sharpen their analytical tools by personally engaging with scholarly syntheses and primary documents. They will also have the opportunity to sharpen their communication skills through class discussion, written assignments and two written exams. We will be reading personal reflections, historical analyses, and primary sources. Students will be asked to critically assess and discuss these source materials and connect them to the readings, lectures and films. In order to get full credit for discussion sections the student must actively participate in discussions and demonstrate the ability to pull out relevant aspects of the material. Be prepared for an occasional pop quiz on the reading material, which includes books when due for discussion.
In addition to a discussion grade, the students may have short in-class and out of class writing assignments, as well as a book review paper, and 2 exams. Students will not be allowed to consult their texts or notes during the exams. To answer the test questions the students are expected to draw on the lectures, assigned readings (including the books), appropriate primary sources, films and whatever material is presented in the class.
For this course you are being asked not simply to memorize and repeat historic information but to think critically about the questions involved and to come to your own conclusions with support for your conclusions based on materials presented in the class.
The essay, thus, should be structured as an argument in behalf of your conclusion and should be backed up with solid evidence. BE SPECIFIC AND USE EXAMPLES to show you know the material. A good rule of thumb in answering essay exams in this class is to take the role of the instructor as you attempt to teach your reader what you have learned in this class.
The 4-5 page book review paper must contain a cover sheet, have numbered pages, be typed in 12-point font, double-spaced, with appropriate margins. All work turned into the professor must be in full sentence format. Please adhere closely to the page requirements of your assignments and do not produce less than or more than the required pages. Please FOLLOW THE BOOK REVIEW GUIDE provided when you submit your book review paper and if you have questions bring them to the instructor’s attention. Any written work turned in must have the student’s name, the professor’s name, the date, the name and number of the class and the day and time the class meets.
If for any reason a student misses class it is the student’s responsibility to obtain lecture notes, discussion notes, or film notes from another student. If the student is not in class when films are presented he/she must view this film outside of class. The films will be on reserve in the library following their viewing in class. Notes or copies of lectures will not be available from the professor.
Makeup exams are not allowed unless for emergency reasons and must have the approval of the instructor. The instructor reserves the right to ask for a doctor’s note or other authorization.
25% Discussion: Class participation, Pop Quizzes, Short in-class and out of class writing assignments.
25% Book Review
25% Mid-Term Exam
25% Final Exam
Grades will be based upon performance on the book review, discussion and two examinations. The discussion grade will be based on ACTIVELY participating in ALL class discussions. The two exams will consist of an essay, weighted at 70% and an identification section weighted at 30% of the exam grade. The exams will treat major themes from the preceding one-half of the class. The identification section will require the student to address WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN AND WHY (historical significance) of the three specific persons, events or ideas, from a choice of six. Only terms written on the board will appear on the ID section of the exams. There will be plenty of ID terms throughout the course and these will not only serve as ID’s but could well be used as support for essay answers. All graded work must be the student’s own work.
This grading scale, along with everything else contained in this syllabus, is subject to change. Any changes will be communicated to the students with as much advance notice as possible.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:
If you need accommodations because of a disability of any kind, if you have emergency medical information that the professor should be aware of, or if you need special arrangements to succeed in this class please contact the professor at the earliest possible convenience.
All conditions contained in the student handbook related to academic dishonesty will be in effect during the semester. It would behoove you to familiarize yourself with these conditions. Cheating will not be tolerated. See the special sheet attached on plagiarism.
You may drop a course or courses by completing a registration form during the first 10 weeks of a semester-long course. If you drop a course after the second week of classes, a grade of W will be recorded on your official record. A faculty or academic advisor’s signature is required on all drops.
The following books are required for this course and can be purchased at the University book store. If you have any problems getting the books see the instructor immediately.
Boyer: The Enduring Vision-Voices Map Packet – Early time Period - TEXTBOOK
Frederick Drimmer: Captured by the Indians: 15 Firsthand Accounts, 1750-1870
Melton A. McLaurin: Celia: A Slave
James M. McPherson: Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution
A reading list will be handed out the first week of classes.
The reading schedule you will receive gets you ready for the next class. Those required readings and any written assignments are necessary to prepare you for discussions and for material on required tests. Be sure to read and study the material before the class session. DO NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE – THE GRADE-KILLING MISTAKE – of assuming the reading is unimportant. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A COMMAND OF BOTH THE LECTURES AND THE REQUIRED READINGS YOU WILL NOT DO WELL IN THIS CLASS.
If class is cancelled and you wish to make this up you may request an appointment with the professor to discuss the class (i.e. the Apr. 3rd class when I need to attend a conference.)
Tue. Jan. 21 Introduction. Why study history? What do I know? How to do well in this class.
Thu. Jan. 23 Condition in Europe
Tue. Jan 28 A Nation of Immigrants
Thu. Jan 30 Spanish Exploration
Tue. Feb. 4 Founding of Virginia
Thu. Feb. 6 Decision for Slavery
Tue. Feb. 11 Founding of New England
Thu. Feb. 13 Discussion on the Drimmer book
Tue. Feb. 18 British Empire and the Coming of the American Revolution
Thu. Feb. 20 American Revolution
Tue. Feb. 25 Film – Martha Ballard
Thu. Feb. 27 Film – Martha Ballard and discussion of the film
Tue. Mar. 4 How to Write an Essay Exam - Review
Thu. Mar. 6 Mid-Term Exam
Tue. Mar. 11 Jeffersonianism
Thu. Mar. 13 Return Mid-Term Exams
Tue. Mar. 18 NO CLASS – SPRING BREAK
Thu. Mar. 20 NO CLASS – SPRING BREAK
Tue. Mar. 25 War of 1812 – Era of Good Feelings
Thu. Mar. 27 Age of Jackson
Tue. Apr. 1 Age of Reform
Thu. Apr. 3 NO CLASS –
Tue. Apr. 8 Discussion on the McLaurin book
Thu. Apr. 10 Cultural Differences Between North and South
Tue. Apr. 15 Manifest Destiny - War with Mexico – The Persistence of the Slave Question
Thu. Apr. 17 The Woman Question
Tue. Apr. 22 Civil War 1861-1865
Thu. Apr. 24 Discussion on the McPherson book
Tue. Apr. 29 Film – Glory
Thu. May 1 Film – Glory and discussion of the film
Tue. May 6 Reconstruction
Thu. May 8 Review for the Exam
Tue. May 13 EXAM: 8-10AM
You will be given a reading sheet for the textbook and the document packet.
For each discussion listed on the schedule you will turn in a one-two page written
response that demonstrates prior thought on the subject. Use the questions in the
assigned readings to prompt your answer and also record your thoughts for possible
discussion questions or concerns about this reading. This paper will be used to figure
your class participation grade and will not be returned to the student. Since these sheets
part of the discussion grade if you are not in class the day of that discussion you will not
get credit for a sheet turned in late.