Syllabus - History 103A The Foundations of America...

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1 History 103A: The Foundations of America Professor Douglas Bradburn, Spring 2011 Lecture: M-W 1:10PM-2:10PM, LH014 Discussion section 1: F, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm, SSW 307 Discussion section 2: F, 12:00pm- 1:00pm, SSW 311 Discussion section 3: F, 1:10pm-2:10pm, Fine Arts 249 Discussion section 4: F, 1:10pm-2:10pm, Fine Arts 247 Discussion section 5: F, 2:20pm-3:20pm, Tusc. Off. 309 Discussion section 6: F, 2:20pm-3:20pm, Tusc Off. 219 Discussion section 7: F, 10:50 am-11:50am, Fine Arts 247 Discussion section 8: F, 10:50am-11:50am, Fine Arts, 246 Discussion section 9: F, 8:30am-9:30am, SSW 309 Discussion section 10: F, 8:30am-9:30am, SSW 307 E-mail: [email protected] Office: Library Tower 703 Office Hours: M, 8:30-10:30AM (LT 703) Th, 3-4:15PM (LT 703) and by appointment. Your teaching assistant’s name, email address, office, and office hours can be found at the course website: . COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is an introduction to the origins and history of the United States of America from before European colonization to the end of the Civil War. With lectures, discussion, readings in primary documents, and historical monographs, we will examine numerous aspects of this fascinating, violent, and powerful history, endeavoring to do justice to the people, in all their diversity, who together created the ideals, institutions, and realities, which we inherit today. History, more than any other discipline can tell you why the world looks the way it looks, and this course will give you a solid foundation in the processes that created the societies and states of North America, into the nineteenth century. COURSE GOALS The goals of the course are: 1) To present the history of the American people in a multicultural and global context, and provide a basic framework for understanding the history of the United States through the Civil War. 2) To develop critical reading, writing, and listening skills. 3) To provide an introduction to the study of history. 4) To endorse the importance of historical study in expanding your sense of your place and in the United States and in the World.
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2 REQUIRED TEXTS The following books are available at the University bookstore: William Bruce Wheeler and Susan Becker, Discovering the American Past: A Look at the Evidence. Volume One: To 1877 Seventh Edition . Richard Godbeer , Escaping Salem Colin Colloway, A Scratch of the Pen Paul E. Johnson, Shopkeeper's Millennium: Society and Revivals in Rochester, New York, 1815-1837 James M. McPherson, Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam Also recommended: the textbook, George Tindell and David Shi, America: a Narrative History , Seventh Edition COURSE FORMAT The course is divided into two weekly lectures and one discussion section. Lecture attendance is expected, students are responsible for the content of lectures—please get notes from a fellow student if, for some strange reason, you miss a class. Be advised: content delivered in lectures will not always
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