Summer Sessions 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: HIST-1301- Section: 71
United States History I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Christina Wilbur
Phone(409) 984-6394
Location:Student Center - Room: 409
Hours:By appointment or through video conferencing through Teams.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
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
Prerequisites None.
Learning Outcomes 1. Relate the events that led to the exploration and colonization of early America

2. Summarize reasons for colonial discontent and actions that led to revolution and independence

3. Demonstrate an understanding of our documents of democracy

4. Describe our foreign policy as it developed in the 19th century

5. Analyze stages of economic development as the United States became an industrialized nation

6. Realize the causes of sectionalism as they moved us toward civil war

7. Discuss the major features of Reconstruction and their political impact
Core Objectives * 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.
* 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.

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.

Required Materials:
All course materials are available online. There is no need to purchase any course materials.

Lecture Topics

Chapter 1: The Americas, Europe and Africa Before 1492
Chapter 2: Early Globalization: The Atlantic World, 1492-1650
Chapter 3: Creating New Social Orders: Colonial Societies, 1500-1700
Chapter 4: Rule Britannia: The English Empire, 1600-1763
Chapter 5: Imperial Reforms and Colonial Protests
Chapter 6: America’s War for Independence, 1775-1983
Chapter 7: Creating Republican Governments, 1776-1790
Chapter 8: Growing Pains: The New Republic, 1790-1820
Chapter 9: Industrial Transformation of the North, 1800-1850
Chapter 10: Jacksonian Democracy, 1820-1840
Chapter 11: A Nation on the Move: Westward Expansion, 1800-1860
Chapter 12: Cotton in King: The Antebellum South. 1800-1860
Chapter 13: Antebellum Idealism and Reform Impulses, 1820-1860
Chapter 14: Troubled Times: The Tumultuous 1850s
Chapter 15: The Civil War,1860-1865
Chapter 16: The Era of Reconstruction, 1865-1877

Major Assignments
Read: Chapters 1-3 in OpenStax text
•    Chapter 1: The Americas, Europe, and Africa Before 1492
•    Chapter 2: Early Globalization: The Atlantic World, 1492-1650
•    Chapter 3: Creating New Social Orders: Colonial Societies, 1500-1700
•    Columbus and the American Holocaust
•    New World Encounters
•    English Settlement
•    The Black Atlantic
Begin working on Assignment #1. Directions for this assignment are located under Assignments > Assignment #1
    Items due Thursday by 5:00 pm:
•    Introduction post
•    Course Policy Agreement
•    Primary Discussion post:
Post #1: Columbus and a Clash of Cultures
Items due Sunday by 5:00 pm
•    Assignment #1: 1619 project
•    Follow-up Discussion post replies

Read: Chapters 4-6 in OpenStax text
•    Chapter 4: Rule Britannia: The English Empire, 1600-1763
•    Chapter 5: Imperial Reforms and Colonial Protests
•    Chapter 6: America’s War for Independence, 1775-1983
•    The Growth of Empire
•    Being a British Colonist
•    Being a British American
•    The Coming of Independence
Items due Thursday by 5:00 pm:
•    Primary Discussion post:
Post #2: From a Colonist to an American

Items due Sunday by 5:00 pm
•    Follow-up Discussion post replies
•    Assignment #2: Revolution! Now What?

Read: Chapters 7-9 in OpenStax text
•    Chapter 7: Creating Republican Governments, 1776-1790
•    Chapter 8: Growing Pains: The New Republic, 1790-1820
•    Chapter 9: Industrial Transformation of the North, 1800-1850
•    The Lowell Mill Girls
•    A New Form of Government
•    Securing the Republic
•    The Duality of Thomas Jefferson
•    The Rise of Capitalism
•    Hamilton’s America

    Items due Thursday by 5:00 pm:
•    Primary Discussion post: Post #3: Hamilton!
•    Midterm Exam

The midterm will open Wednesday at 5:00 pm and is due Thursday by 5:00 pm.
The Midterm will cover Chapters 1-8 and all additional readings and videos up to this point. The film The Rise of Capitalism and the article The Lowell Mills Girls and Chapter 9 will be on the Final Exam

Items due Sunday by 5:00 pm
•    Follow-up Discussion post replies

WEEK 4    
Read Chapters 10-13 in OpenStax text
•    Chapter 10: Jacksonian Democracy, 1820-1840
•    Chapter 11: A Nation on the Move: Westward Expansion, 1800-1860
•    Chapter 12: Cotton in King: The Antebellum South. 1800-1860
•    Chapter 13: Antebellum Idealism and Reform Impulses, 1820-1860
•    William Lloyd Garrison
•    The Everyday Life of Enslaved People
•    Westward Expansion
•    The Reform Movement
•    The Age of Slavery
    Items due Thursday by 5:00 pm:
•    Primary Discussion post: Post #4: Reform

Items due Sunday by 5:00 pm
•    Follow-up Discussion post replies
•    Assignment #3: Women and Gender assignment

WEEK 5    
Read Chapters 14-16 in OpenStax text
•    Chapter 14: Troubled Times: The Tumultuous 1850s
•    Chapter 15: The Civil War,1860-1865
•    Chapter 16: The Era of Reconstruction, 1865-1877
•    Why They Fought
•    Slavery and the Coming of the Civil War; as Seen in the Beaumont Banner.
•    Why Reconstruction Matters
•    The Coming of the Civil War
•    The Civil War
•    Reconstruction

Items due Thursday by 5:00 pm:
•    Primary Discussion post:
Post #5: Why Reconstruction Matters

Items due Friday by 5:00 pm
•    Final Exam
The Final Exam will open Thursday at 5:00 pm and is due Friday by 5:00 pm.
The Final Exam will cover chapters 9-16 and all additional reading up to this point including The Lowell Mill Girls and the Rise of Capitalism from Week 3.

Items due Sunday by 5:00 pm
•    Follow-up Discussion post replies

Final Exam Date July 8, 2021 - 5:0 PM   Through  July 9, 2021 - 5:0 PM
Grading Scale This class will use a 200-point grading scale. The total points earned will result in your final grade. All assignments will be clearly marked with their point value. Submitting an assignment does not guarantee that you will earn the total point value – you must follow the directions and achieve the standards set out in the directions for each assignment to earn the necessary point values.
200-180: A 179-160: B 159-130: C 129-110: D 109-0: F
Major Assignments: 35% Exams: 40% Discussions: 25%

Determination of
Final Grade
This class will use a 200-point grading scale. The total points earned will result in your final grade. All assignments will be clearly marked with their point value. Submitting an assignment does not guarantee that you will earn the total point value – you must follow the directions and achieve the standards set out in the directions for each assignment to earn the necessary point values.
200-180: A 179-160: B 159-130: C 129-110: D 109-0: F
Major Assignments: 35% Exams: 40% Discussions: 25%

Assignments: Assignment #1 Transatlantic World-1619: 25 points
Assignment #2: Revolution: Now What?: 25 points
Assignment #3: Gender and Slavery: 20 points
Mid-term exam : 40 points
Final Exam: 40 points
Discussion posts: 5 posts – 10 points each: 50 points
Please keep up with your grades. Students should keep all copies of graded and ungraded work until course grades have been submitted at the end of the semester. You will be able to see your running point total in Blackboard. 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. Please make sure to read the comments on your submitted assignments as I make comments both on the assignment itself and in the grading notes section. It is your responsibility to read comments and assessment notes and to make the suggested changes on future assignments/exams.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Time Requirements for this Course:
The time required for this class is substantial. This class moves very quickly and there is very little time to catch up if you get behind. Deadlines are firm. Make it a priority to read daily and to stay on schedule with the readings, videos, and assignments. These take time. I recommend that students print out the assignment schedule and refer to it daily and plan their schedules accordingly.

For Summer classes: Please note that we are completing a 15-week course in 5 weeks this summer. Please plan your schedule accordingly. The time required for this class during the summer is extensive.

Assignment Due Dates:
It is imperative that assignments are turned in on time. All major assignments are due by 5:00 PM on Sunday evenings on the due date listed in the schedule. Discussion posts are divided up into two groups: your initial post and your replies. Your initial post is due by 5:00 pm on Thursdays with your replies due by 5:00 pm Sunday.

Due to the compressed nature of summer classes, I will not be accepting late assignments.

All assignment submission links will allow you to submit multiple times up until the due date if you find that you need to update or revise an assignment before the submission link closes.

Assignment Availability: Assignment and Discussion Posts for each week will open at 8:00 am on Monday mornings.

Uploading Assignments:
All assignments must be uploaded in the required format. All assignments – unless instructed otherwise – i.e. a video submission – must be submitted as a Word document. Do not submit in Google docs, pages, or PDF’s. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have submitted your assignment as directed in the instructions. If I cannot open your assignment, I will not grade it. Additionally, if you have difficulty uploading your assignment due to Blackboard or other technical issues, you should email me a copy of the assignment immediately – not the next day.

When you submit an assignment, Blackboard sends you a confirmation email with an individual submission number. Please make sure that you receive this confirmation and save it. If there are issues regarding the submission of your assignment, I may ask to see the submission confirmation.

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.

You will complete 3 major assignments during this course along with the 5 discussion posts. The directions for each assignment will vary and you will need to read the instructions for each one closely and follow those directions. The assignments will be posted in the Assignments section of Blackboard.

Assignments from a previous course or repeating the class:
You may not submit assignments that were created for another class. You also may not resubmit assignments from a previous attempt in the class. All work must be original when submitted. Assignments that are found to have been reused will receive a 0.

Please note the exam days and plan your schedule so that you will be available during that time.
Exams will be a combination of multiple-choice, short answers, and essays. There will be a 24-hour window to take the exam on the dates listed below and you will be allowed 90 minutes to complete the exam.

Exam dates are:
The Mid-Term Exam will open up at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, June 23rd, and will close at 5:00 pm Thursday, June 23rd.
The Final Exam will open at 5:00 pm on Thursday, July 8th, and will close at 5:00 pm on Friday, July 9th.

Respondus LockDown Browser is used for exams in this class and you will need to download it to take your exams. Instructions are provided on the Exams page.

Extra Credit:
There is no extra credit for this course.

You must put the class and section number in the subject line of the email. Having to look you up through multiple class rolls so that I can respond to a question delays your response and is a poor use of my time. I am teaching different classes through different modalities. It is important that I know what class you are in so that I can answer your question. You are welcome to email me and I do try to respond in a timely manner within 24 to 48 hours during the week. I am available during normal business hours – Monday-Friday 9 am-4 pm. Emails received in the evening will not get a response until the next day. I do not respond to emails on the weekends. Please use your lamarpa email to communicate with me as an email from Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud, etc. may end up in the clutter folder and I will not see it, and therefore, not respond. Most questions can be answered by reading the class syllabus, schedule, or other directions available to you in Blackboard. Since we will communicate extensively through email, it is important that students are aware of the tone and structure of their correspondence.

All emails should include:
A greeting
A clear statement of the question or inquiry
Your name
Include proper spelling and grammar. 'Texting' abbreviations, lack of punctuation, and 'i' are not acceptable.

Article and Videos for Assignments and Discussion Posts:
The article and video links assigned are an integral part of the course. They provide students with a resource to gain a deeper understanding of the material. I have chosen selections that I feel will aid in deepening your understanding related to a person, era, event, experience, etc. Some are documentaries or films, some standard lectures from other universities, and others - book discussion by authors - address the subject they have written about but also help you to understand the ‘historian’s craft.’ You should take notes while viewing/reading just as if you were sitting in a classroom listening to a presentation as you will see material from these readings and videos on your exams and will need them for your discussion posts.

Currently, all video links are ‘working’ but sometimes they may, without notice, get moved to a new server, expire or an organization may decide to take down a link. If you notice a broken link during the semester, please let me know and I will look into it and update the selection with a new link or a replacement selection.

Academic Integrity:
Academic integrity is essential to online 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 an assignment 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.

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. If an issue arises with your work, I do 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. Directions regarding formatting and citations are included in Blackboard. You are to familiarize yourself with these instructions and how to cite and document properly.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur Academic Dishonesty Policy:
Lamar State College-Port Arthur considers academic dishonesty, including collusion, cheating, and plagiarism as defined in the Student Handbook, to be a serious academic offense. Students guilty of such behavior will be subject to the following penalties:

First offense: The student will receive a failing grade on the exam or assignment with no possibility for a make-up. If the offense is flagrant, the student may receive an ‘F’ in the course. The student's name and the documented offense will be forwarded to the proper college officials.
Second offense: The student will receive an ‘F’ in the course with no possibility for make-up. The student's name and the documented offense will be forwarded to the proper university officials. All accused students will be given written notice of the offense, the penalty assessed, and the right of appeal to the department chair/advisory committee.

Disability Accommodations:
It is the policy of Lamar State College-Port Arthur to accommodate students with disabilities, pursuant to state and federal law and the College’s commitment to equal educational opportunities. Any student with a disability, who needs accommodation, for example, in seating placement or arrangement for examinations, notes, etc., should inform the instructor with a copy of the letter from the Office of Student Disability at the beginning of the course.
If you have a disability accommodation letter, please make sure to email it to me. I must have a copy of it in order to apply it to your assignments.

For mylamarpa access/login issues:
Mr. Kenneth Lisby
Office: Gates Memorial Library Open Computer Lab
Office: (409) 984-6150

I reserve the right to adjust this syllabus, assignments, and due dates as needed.

Attendance Policy Class Attendance:
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.
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
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
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 the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

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.