Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Summer I 2016 Course Syllabus

HIST-1301-30 - US History I

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Faculty Information
SemesterSummer I 2016
InstructorWilbur, Christina Annette
Phone(409) 984-6394
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Phone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:By appointment during summer session
Building:Student Center (SC)
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Course Information
Course Number60532
Course 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 change, economic change, immigration and migration, and creation of the federal government.
Course Prerequisites None.
Required Textbooks Required Materials:
Kennedy, D. The American Pageant, Volume I. (Cengage) Any edition.

Ambrose, S. Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West. (Simon & Schuster) Any edition.

Ellis, J. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation. (Knopf) Any edition.
Attendance Policy Students are required to log-on to Blackboard in order to stay current regarding class announcements, assignment due dates and exam dates. If a student fails to log in and submit assignments on a regular basis, I will assume you are no longer participating in the class and administratively drop you from the class. Additionally, failure to log in and submit assignments will affect attendance requirements for financial aid, if applicable.

Course Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of Final Grade Grading:
Three (3) Exams: (45%)
Two (2) Book Reviews: (25%)
Article/Video Responses: (30%)

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

Please keep up with your grades. Students should keep all copies of graded work until course grades have been submitted at the end of the semester. Your grade will be based solely on your performance on the above listed grades. Additionally, all grades will be posted in Blackboard in a timely manner.

Your current class average is always available to view in Blackboard under the Current Class Average tab. It is your responsibility to read comments and assessment notes and to make the suggested changes on future assignments / exams / papers.

Should you score below a 60 on your first exam, students are required to make an appointment with me so that we can discuss your exam, ways to improve your grade and study methods. This is not optional.
Final Exam Date July 22, 2016 - 8:00 AM   Through  July 26, 2016 - 11:00 PM
Major Assignments Due Dates for Exams and Book Reviews:
Exam I: Posted Thursday, June 16th at 8:00 am - due Sunday, June 19th by 11:59 pm.
Exam II: Posted Thursday, July 7th at 8:00 am - due Sunday, July 10th by 11:59 pm.
Final Exam: Posted Friday, July 22nd at 8:00 am - due Tuesday, July 26th by 11:59 pm.
Book Review I: Founding Brothers: Due Sunday, June 26th by 11:59 pm.
Book Review II: Undaunted Courage: Due Sunday, July 17th by 11:59 pm.
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Week I: Monday, June 6th - Sunday, June 12th

Familiarize yourself with the class and Blackboard
Read: Chapters 1-3
Chapter 1: New World Beginnings
Chapter 2: The Planting of English America
Chapter 3: Settling the Northern Colonies
Post Getting to Know You to Discussion Board- due Friday by 11:59 pm
Articles to Read for Discussion Posts - due Friday by 11:59 pm
Columbus and the American Holocaust
Videos to Watch for Discussion Posts - due Friday by 11:59
Nightmare in Jamestown
Being a British Colonist
*Recommended: Begin reading Founding Brothers

Week 2 - Monday, June 13th - Sunday, June 19th
Read Chapters 4-6
Chapter 4: American Life in the Seventeenth Century
Chapter 5: Colonial Society on the Eve of Revolution
Chapter 6: The Duel for North America
Articles to read for Discussion Posts - due Friday by 11:59 pm
Indentured Servitude
Courtship, Sex and the Single Colonist
Videos to watch for Discussion Posts - due Friday by 11:59 pm
The Black Atlantic - posted in Blackboard - see link on left side of homepage
Exam I posted: 8:00 am Thursday, June 16th
Exam I due by 11:59 pm Sunday, June 19th

Week 3 - Monday, June 20th - Sunday, June 26th
Read Chapters 7-9
Chapter 7: The Road to Revolution
Chapter 8: America Secedes from the Empire
Chapter 9: The Confederation and the Constitution
Articles to read for Discussion Posts - due Friday by 11:59 pm
The Magnificent Fraud
Revolutionary Food
Videos to watch for Discussion Posts - due Friday by 11:59 pm
Liberty: The American Revolution
Book Review I: Founding Brothers due Sunday, June 26th by 11:59 pm
*Recommended - Begin reading Undaunted Courage

Week 4 - Monday, June 27th - Sunday, July 3rd
Read Chapters 10-12
Chapter 10: Launching the New Ship of State
Chapter 11: The Triumphs and Travails of the Jeffersonian Republic
Chapter 12: The Second War for Independence and the Upsurge of Nationalism
Articles to read for Discussion Posts - due Friday by 11:59 pm
Sally Hemmings and DNA
Videos to watch for Discussion Posts - due Friday by 11:59 pm
Alexander Hamilton
We Shall Remain: Tecumseh's Vision

Week 5 - Monday, July 4th - Sunday, July 10th
Read Chapters 13-15
Chapter 13: The Rise of a Mass Democracy
Chapter 14: Forging the National Economy
Chapter 15: The Ferment of Reform and Culture
Articles to read for Discussion Posts - due Friday by 11:59 pm
The Eaton Affair
A Soldier Recalls the Trail of Tears
Videos to watch for Discussion Posts - due Friday by 11:59 pm
The Trail of Tears
The Victorian Telegraph: How the Victorians Wired the World
Exam II posted: 8:00 am Thursday, July 7th
Exam II due by 11:59 pm Sunday, July 10th

Week 6 - Monday, July 11th - Sunday, July 17th
Read Chapters 16-18
Chapter 16: The South and Slavery Controversy
Chapter 17: Manifest Destiny and Its Legacy
Chapter 18: Renewing the Sectional Struggle
Articles to read for Discussion Posts - due Friday by 11:59 pm
Slavery and the Coming of the Civil War, as seen in The Beaumont Banner
William Lloyd Garrison
The Everyday Life of Enslaved People in the Antebellum South
Videos to watch for Discussion Posts - due Friday by 11:59 pm
Frederick Douglass: From Slave to Abolitionist
Book Review II: Undaunted Courage due Sunday, July 17th by 11:59 pm

Week 7 - Monday, July 18th - Sunday, July 24th
Read Chapters 19-21
Chapter 19: Drifting Towards Disunion
Chapter 20: Girding for War: The North and the South
Articles to read for Discussion Posts - due Friday by 11:59 pm
To be announced - check the article folder
Videos to watch for Discussion Posts - due Friday by 11:59 pm
The Civil War: The Cause
Death and the Civil War
Final Exam posted 8:00 am Friday, July 22nd

Week 8 - Monday, July 25th - Tuesday, July 26th
Final Exam due Tuesday, July 26th by 11:59 pm


General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Communication skills:Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills:Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility:Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.

PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills � Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.

PSLO 2: Communication Skills � Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.

PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.

Identifies cultural characteristics (including beliefs, values, perspectives and/or practices); demonstrates knowledge of civic responsibility; provides evidence of experience in civic- engagement activities; and describes what she/ he has learned as it relates to a reinforced and clarified sense of civic identity in local, regional, national, or global communities; and shows awareness of one�s own culture in relation to others.

PSLO 6: Personal Responsibility Skills � Integrates choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision-making.
Recognizes ethical issues when presented in a complex, multilayered (gray) context; recognizes cross- relationships among the issues; discusses in detail/ analyzes core beliefs; the discussion has greater depth and clarity showing the independent application of ethical perspectives/ concepts to an ethical question accurately; and is able to consider full implications of the application.

Course Student Learning Outcomes 1. Relate the events that led to the exploration and colonization of early America (PSLO 1,5, Alpha) Measured by embedded test questions, essay rubric, pretest/post test.

2. Summarize reasons for colonial discontent and actions that led to revolution and independence (PSLO 1, 2, 5,6) Measured by embedded test questions & group discussions.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of our documents of democracy (PSLO 1, 2, 5,6)Meausured by embedded test questions & group discussion.
4. Describe our foreign policy as it developed in the 19th century (PSLO 2) Measure by group discussion.

5. Analyze stages of economic development as the United States became an industrialized nation (PSLO 1) Measured by embedded test questions & group discussion.

6. Realize the causes of sectionalism as they moved us toward civil war (PSLO 1,2,5,6)Measured by embedded test questions, group discussion, & map project.

7. Discuss the major features of Reconstruction and their political impact (P)SLO 1, 2,5, 6) Measured by embedded test questions & group discussion.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
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.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.
Additional Information
Important Information
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 Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

Core Values

  • Shared commitment by faculty, staff and administration to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community involvement

  • General education/core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community

  • Academic and technical programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, using a variety of delivery methods, on and off campus

  • Technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary for initial and continued employment

  • Student achievement characterized by attainment of individual goals and measured by successful accomplishments and completion of curriculum

  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity


Lamar State College - Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

  • provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

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