Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: HIST-1301 (Section: 71Z, CRN: 90063)
United States History I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Christina Wilbur
Email wilburca@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6349
Office Student Center - Room: 414
Office Hours MW: 11:00-12:00   1:15-2:30
TTH: 8:00-9:30   12:15-2:00

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Course Information
Description A survey of the social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of the United States from the pre-Columbian era to the Civil War/Reconstruction period. United States History I includes the study of pre-Columbian, colonial, revolutionary, early national, slavery and sectionalism, and the Civil War/Reconstruction eras. Themes that may be addressed in United States History I include: American settlement and diversity, American culture, religion, civil and human rights, technological
Required Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

You do not need to buy any textbooks for this course.  

The text, 
OpenStax: US History, will be available in Blackboard.
Additional Materials/Resources
Corequisites/Prerequisites TSIA complete in reading
Learning Outcomes
  • Create an argument using historical evidence.
  • Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources.
  • Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on this period of United States history
Core Objectives
  • Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills – Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
  • Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities
  • Personal Responsibility Skills – Integrates choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision making
Lecture Topics Outline
  • Early Globalization: The Atlantic World, 1492-1650
  • Creating New Social Orders: Colonial Societies, 1500-1700
  • Rule Britannia! The English Empire, 1660-1763
  • Imperial Reforms and Colonial Protests, 1763-1774
  • America’s War for Independence, 1775-1783
  • Creating Republican Governments, 1776-1790
  • Growing Pains: The New Republic, 1790-1820
  • Industrial Transformation in the North, 1800-1850
  • Jacksonian Democracy, 1820-1840
  • A Nation on the Move: Westward Expansion, 1800-1860
  • Cotton is King: The Antebellum South, 1800-1860
  • Antebellum Idealism and Reform Impulses, 1820-1860
  • Troubled Times: The Tumultuous 1850s
  • The Civil War, 1860-1865
  • The Era of Reconstruction, 1865-1877
Major Assignments Schedule

History 1301 Online Class Assignment and Reading Schedule 



 Module 1

Please consult Module I (Chapters 2-6) in Blackboard to access the additional readings and required videos.

Week 1



Read: Chapter 2: Early Globalization: The Atlantic World

Read: Why Study History

Read: Read: Columbus and the American Holocaust 

View: Early English Settlement


Week 2



Read: Chapter 3: Creating New Social Orders: Colonial Societies 

Read: “Our Plantation Is Very Weak”: The Experiences of an Indentured Servant in Virginia, 1623

Monday, September 4: Labor Day Holiday – Campus closed


Week 3


Read: Chapter 4: Rule Britannia! The English Empire &

Early Colonial Relationships assignment due Wednesday, September 13 by 11:59 p.m. 

Submit selections for Course Project by Wednesday, September 13 by 11:59 p.m.

Quiz 1: Opens 6:00 a.m. Thursday, September 14 and is due by 11:59 p.m.

  • Material from Weeks 1 - 3

Week 4


Chapter 5: Imperial Reforms and Colonial Protests

View: The Reluctant Revolutionaries

Submit materials for Course Project by Wednesday, September 20 by 11:59 p.m. 

Week 5



Read: Chapter 6: America’s War for Independence 

Read: The Loyalist

View: The Long Winter at Valley Forge




 Module 2

Please consult Module 2 (Chapters 7-11) in Blackboard to access the additional readings and required videos.

Week 6



Read: Chapter 7: Creating Republican Governments 

Read: Compromises in the Constitution

View: Washington's Most Significant Act

American Revolution assignment due Wednesday, October 4 by 11:59 p.m.

Quiz 2: Opens 6:00 a.m. Thursday, October 5 and is due by 11:59 p.m.

  • Material from Weeks 4 - 6

Week 7


Chapter 8: Growing Pains: The New Republic



Week 8


Read: Chapter 9: Industrial Transformation of the North

View: Victorian Internet: The Telegraph


  Week 9


Read: Chapter 10: Jacksonian Democracy 

Read: The Cherokee vs. Andrew Jackson

Read: A Soldier Recalls the Trail of Tears 

Quiz 3: Opens 6:00 a.m. Thursday, October 26 and is due by 11:59 p.m.

  • Material from Weeks 7 - 9

Week 10


Read: Chapter 11: A Nation on the Move: Westward Expansion

View: Video: Almanac - Lewis and Clark

Native Americans and Andrew Jackson assignment due Wednesday, November 1st by 11:59 pm. 


Module 3

Please consult Module 3 (Chapters 12-16) in Blackboard to access the additional readings and required videos.

Week 11


Read: Chapter 12: Cotton is King: The Antebellum South 

View: The Age of Slavery


Week 12


Read: Chapter 13: Antebellum Idealism and Reform Impulses

Review Reform Chart for reference: In the Readings folder

View: The Reform Impulse

Course Project due Friday, November 17 by 11:59 p.m.

Quiz 4: Opens 6:00 a.m. Thursday, November 16 and is due by 11:59 p.m.  

  • Material from Weeks 10 - 12

 Week 13


Read: Chapter 14: Troubled Times: The Tumultuous 1850s

Read: Slavery and the Coming of the Civil War as Seen in the Beaumont Banner

View: The Civil War: The Cause

Thanksgiving Holiday: Campus closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24.

Week 14


Read: Chapter 15: The Civil War

Impending Crisis assignment due Wednesday, November 29 by 11:59 p.m.

Week 15


Read: Chapter 16: The Era of Reconstruction

Read: Why Reconstruction Matters

Quiz 5: Opens 6:00 a.m. Thursday, December 7 and is due by 11:59 p.m.

  • Material from Weeks 13-15

 Week 16




Final Exam Date December 7, 2023 - 6:0 AM   Through  December 7, 2023 - 11:59 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B  70 - 79=C   60 - 69=D  Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade


Course Project: 45%            Assignments: 10%   Quizzes: 45%

(You will choose one (1) out of the four (4) assignments listed below to complete). 

  • Early Colonial Relationships
  • The American Revolution
  • Native Americans and Andrew Jackson
  • The Impending Crisis

A: 100-90      B: 89-80         C: 79-70         D: 69-60         F: 59-0

Course Policies
Instructor Policies


  • There will be five (5) quizzes for this class. These quizzes are designed to test your knowledge and understanding of the course material. As such, it’s not just about memorizing random facts, but you should be able to demonstrate that you understand the historical context. 
  • Each quiz will consist of 25-40 multiple-choice questions from the text and the additional readings and videos.
  • You will have 30-45 minutes (depending on the length of the quiz) to complete the quiz. You must complete it in one session.
  • Each quiz will open at 6:00 a.m. on the date listed in the syllabus and close at 11:59 p.m. that same day. 
  • Your highest four (4) quiz scores will count toward your final grade. 
  • If you miss a quiz, the remaining four (4) will count toward your final grade. However, if you take all five quizzes, your highest four grades will count. 

Assignment Due Dates:

All assignments are to be turned in on time, but a two (2) day grace period is allowed. No assignments will be accepted after the grace period ends which is 48 hours past the posted deadline. (This does not apply to quizzes or the Course Project - only the assignments.) You do not need to email me to take advantage of the grace period. Due dates are clearly noted on the syllabus. All assignment submission links will allow you to submit multiple times up until the due date if you find that you need to update an assignment before the submission link closes. 

Technology Responsibility

It is assumed that students registered for an online class are proficient with the technological/computer requirements and the Blackboard system. A lack of computer proficiency is not an excuse for the failure to submit assignments, etc.  It is your responsibility to understand how to navigate Blackboard, upload and download files, view videos, etc.

Civility in the Online Classroom

Student incivility, rudeness, or attacks of a personal nature or statements will not be tolerated, whether directed at the instructor or another student. Any student engaging in disruptive or disrespectful activities on campus or online classes will be required to cease such behavior. If the behavior continues after the first warning, the student will no longer continue as a student of the course.

Academic Integrity:

Academic integrity is essential to learning and I take it very seriously.  Academic dishonesty will not be accepted in this class. Students are to submit their own work – not the work of others. If you submit other’s work as your own or submit assignments using resources not allowed, not only are you jeopardizing your academic future, but you are paying for an education you are not receiving and, moreover, you are wasting your own time and energy in an effort not to learn. It is expected that students will submit their own original work. 

All student submissions are checked for plagiarism and use of any materials not authorized for use for an assignment is prohibited. Should this be an issue with any assignment you submit, you will receive a 0 on the assignment and, possibly an F in the class. The use of article rewriting tools, or other AI technology is unacceptable and will result in a 0 for the assignment. If there are indications of academic dishonesty, students may be asked to take a written, or verbal assessment in my presence.  

If an issue arises with your work, I reserve the right to go back and reassess/regrade previously submitted work to see if academic dishonesty has occurred with previous submissions. Assigning an F for the course for plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty is at my discretion if the offense is flagrant or repeated. Please note that I decide if an offense is flagrant or repeated – not the student. 

Attendance Policy You must log in to the class on a regular basis. If you fail to log in and submit assignments, I will conclude that you are no longer participating in the class.
Additional Information
Institutional Policies
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Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
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Grievance / Complaint / Concern If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
Department Information
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Steven Zani
Phone:(409) 984-6431