History 105-525, Fall 2010, ANIN 215, MWF: 11:30-12:20
Dr. Michael Beauchamp, Office: 015 Glasscock History Building
Office Hours: MW 9:00-10:00 and by appointment
HIST 105-525 United States History, 1450 to 1877
History 105 is a survey of United States history from 1450 to 1877.
It is designed to
enhance your critical thinking skills and provide context for the present.
In addition to my designated office hours, I am on campus quite a bit, especially on
Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
If you have issues, concerns, further questions, want to
know more about a subject or a historical interpretation, or have anything else you want
to discuss please feel free to talk to me.
If you have developed a new theory on anything
I’d love to hear it.
Do not expect omniscience on my part!
Again, if you have concerns
or issues, I urge you to speak with me—sooner rather than later.
Contact by email is usually better than phone.
If you send me an email, please write
something on the “re:” line that lets me know you are in this class and section.
The Unfinished Nation
vol. 1, 6
Ceremonies of Possession in Europe’s Conquest of the New
Cambridge University Press.
Nash, Gary B.
Race and Revolution
Johnson, Paul E. and Sean Wilentz.
The Kingdom of Matthias
McPherson, James M.
For Cause and Comrades
Oxford University Press.
Course Requirements and Examinations:
This course will have two midterms examinations (October 1 and November 5) and a
final examination (December 15).
Exams will consist of forty multiple choice, true-false,
and matching questions.
The first exam will cover all lectures, class material and
assigned readings from the first third of the class; the second exam will cover material
from the second third of the class and the final material from the last third of the course.
Each test is worth twenty-five percent of your final grade.
In addition, there will be one brief essay required, no longer than six hundred words
(approximately two pages).
You will have four opportunities to complete the essay
component of this course.
The essay component will be based on one of the four outside
readings for this course.
So, you will have multiple opportunities to complete this essay
If you so desire you can complete more than one essay, and only your best
grade will count.