HIST 151 Course Schedule

NOTE: All dates and assignments are subject to change. Please be aware of any announcements made in class or via the course website.

All readings are due on the date listed below. Each student is responsible for locating any readings in journals via library databases. Brief selections from books will be made available in a password-protected Dropbox folder.

Slide decks are available via a password-protected Dropbox folder. (See your email for the password.)

Last updated: April 10, 2018

 

Topic Reading Assignment
Tues., Jan. 16 Course Introduction: Why do we study history? IN CLASS:

Thurs., Jan. 18 What do historians do?
  • Reading the American Past
    • 1-1 A Taino Origin Story
    • 1-2 A Penobscot Origin Narrative
    • 1-3 Genesis: The Christian Origin Narrative
    • 1-4 Aristotle on Masters and Slaves
  • American Yawpch. 1
Tues., Jan. 23 Cultural Encounters
  • Reading the American Past
    • 2-1 The King of the Congo Writes to the King of Portugal
    • 2-2 Columbus Describes His First Encounter with “Indians”
    • 2-3 A Conquistador Arrives in Mexico, 1519-1520
    • 2-4 A Mexican Description of the Conquest of Mexico
Thurs., Jan.25 The Atlantic World in 1491
Tues., Jan. 30 The Southern Colonies
  • Reading the American Past
    • 3-1 Richard Frethorne Describes Indentured Servitude in Virginia
    • 3-2 Opechancanough’s 1622 Uprising in Virginia
    • 3-3 Sex and Race Relations
  • American Yawpch. 2
Thurs., Feb. 1 The New England Model
  • Reading the American Past

    • 4-1 The Arbella Sermon
    • 4-2 Observations of New England Indians
    • 4-5 Words of the Bewitched
Tues., Feb. 6 Imperial Growing Pains
  • Reading the American Past
    • 3-4 Bacon’s Rebellion
    • 4-3 Wampanoag Grievances at the Outset of King Philip’s War
    • 4-4 A Provincial Government Enacts Legislation
  • English Bill of Rights (1689)
  • American Yawpch. 3
Thurs., Feb. 8 History Laboratory
  • Bring Reading the American Past
Primary Source Analysis due
Tues., Feb. 13 The Maturing Colonies
  • Reading the American Past
    • 5-1 Elizabeth Ashbridge Becomes an Indentured Servant in New York
    • 5-3 An Anglican Criticizes New Light Baptists and Presbyterians in the South Carolina Backcountry
  • Franklin, Autobiography, excerpt
  • American Yawpch. 4
Thurs., Feb. 15 The Seven Years War and Imperial Reforms
  • Reading the American Past
    • 5-4 Advertisements for Runaway Slaves
    • 5-5 A Moravian Missionary Interviews Slaves in the West Indies, 1767-1768
    • 6-1 Mary Jemison Is Captured by Seneca Indians during the Seven Years’ War
Tues., Feb. 20 Understanding the American Revolution
  • NO IN-PERSON MEETING TODAY
  • American Yawpch. 5
Submit reading response
Thurs., Feb. 22 The Imperial Crisis
  • Reading the American Past
    • 6-2 An Oration on the Second Anniversary of the Boston Massacre
    • 6-3 A Boston Shoemaker Recalls British Arrogance and the Boston Tea Party
    • 6-4 Daniel Leonard Argues for Loyalty to the British Empire
Tues., Feb. 27 A War for Independence
  • Reading the American Past
    • 7-3 J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur Describes the Distresses of a Frontier Farmer during the Revolution
    • 7-4 Boston King Seeks Freedom by Running Away to the British Army
    • 7-5 Joseph Brant Appeals to British Allies to Keep Promises
Thurs., Mar. 1 Midterm Examination Midterm Examination
Tues., Mar. 6 Declaring Independence
  • Reading the American Past
    • 6-5 Edmund Burke Urges Reconciliation with the Colonies
    • 7-1 Thomas Paine Makes the Case for Independence
    • 7-2 Letters of John and Abigail Adams
  • Declaration of Independence
Thurs., Mar. 8 The Confederation Period
  • Reading the American Past
    • 8-1 Richard Allen Founds the First African Methodist Church
    • 8-2 Thomas Jefferson on Slavery and Race
    • 8-3 Benjamin Rush Proposes a Proper Education for a Republic
  • Constitution of Massachusetts (1780)
Mar. 13-15 NO CLASS MEETINGS – Spring Break
Tues., Mar. 20 Declaring Independence
  • Reading the American Past
    • 6-5 Edmund Burke Urges Reconciliation with the Colonies
    • 7-1 Thomas Paine Makes the Case for Independence
    • 7-2 Letters of John and Abigail Adams
  • Declaration of Independence
Thurs., Mar. 22 The Confederation Period
  • Reading the American Past
    • 8-1 Richard Allen Founds the First African Methodist Church
    • 8-2 Thomas Jefferson on Slavery and Race
    • 8-3 Benjamin Rush Proposes a Proper Education for a Republic
  • Constitution of Massachusetts (1780)
Tues., Mar. 27 The United States Constitution
Thurs., Mar. 29 New Politics for a New Nation
  • Jeffrey L. Pasley, “The Cheese and the Words,” in Beyond the Founders: New Approaches to the Political History of the Early Republic, ed. Jeffrey L. Pasley, Andrew W. Robertson, David Waldstreicher (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003), 31–56.
  • Reading the American Past
    • 9-3 Judith Sargent Murray Insists on the Equality of the Sexes
    • 9-5 President George Washington’s Parting Advice to the Nation
Tues., Apr. 3 The Era of Good Feelings?
  • Reading the American Past
    • 10-1 President Thomas Jefferson’s Private and Public Indian Policy
    • 10-2 Meriwether Lewis Describes the Shoshone
    • 10-5 James Hamilton’s Path to Enlistment during the War of 1812
  • American Yawpch. 7
Thurs., Apr. 5 The Age of Jackson
  • Reading the American Past
    • 11-1 President Andrew Jackson’s Parting Words to the Nation
    • 11-2 Cherokees Debate Removal
    • 11-3 Alexis de Toqueville Describes the Three Races in the United States
  • American Yawpch. 9
Tues., Apr. 10 Cotton and Slavery in the South
  • Reading the American Past
    • 13-1 Madison Hemings Recalls Life as Thomas Jefferson’s Enslaved Son
    • 13-2 Plantation Rules
    • 13-3 Fanny Kemble Learns about Abuses of Slave Women
    • 13-4 Nat Turner Explains Why He Became an Insurrectionist
    • 13-5 The Proslavery Argument
  • American Yawpch. 11
Thurs., Apr. 12 Reform Movements in the North
  • Reading the American Past
    • 10-3 A Slave Demands That Thomas Jefferson Abolish Slavery
    • 10-4 James Forten Protests Pennsylvania Law Threatening Enslavement of Free African Americans
    • 12-4 That Woman Is Man’s Equal: The Seneca Falls Declaration
  • American Yawpch. 10
Tues., Apr. 17 Revolutions: Markets, Transportation, Communication
  • [IN CLASS] Reading the American Past
    • 12-1 Abraham Lincoln Explains the Free Labor System
    • 12-2 The Anxiety of Gain: Henry W. Bellows on Commerce and Morality
  • American Yawpch. 8
Essay due
Thurs., Apr. 19 Sections Dividing
  • Reading the American Past
    • 14-1 The Kansas- Nebraska Act
    • 14-4 Levi Coffin Describes Margaret Garner’s Attempt to Escape Slavery
    • 12-3 Gold Fever
    • 12-5 A Farmer’s View of His Wife
  • John L. O’Sullivan, “The Great Nation of Futurity”
  • American Yawpch. 12
Tues., Apr. 24 The Final Crisis
  • Reading the American Past
    • 14-2 The Antislavery Constitution
    • 14-3 The Proslavery Constitution
    • 14-5 Abolitionist Lydia Maria Child Defends John Brown and Attacks the Slave Power
  • Manisha Sinha, “The Caning of Charles Sumner: Slavery, Race, and Ideology in the Age of the Civil War,” Journal of the Early Republic 23, no. 2 (2003): 233–62.
  • American Yawpch. 13
Thurs., Apr. 26 The Civil War
  • Reading the American Past
    • 15-1 President Lincoln’s War Aims
    • 15-3 The New York Draft Riots
    • 15-4 Susie King Taylor Describes Her Wartime Experiences
  • American Yawpch. 14
Tues., May 1 Reconstruction
  • Reading the American Past
    • 16-1 Carl Schurz Reports on the Condition of the Defeated South
    • 16-2 Black Codes Enacted in the South
    • 16-3 Former Slaves Seek to Reunite Their Families
    • 16-4 Planter Louis Manigault Visits His Plantations and Former Slaves, 1867
    • 16-5 Klan Violence against Blacks
  • U.S. Constitution, Amendments XIII, XIV, XV
  • American Yawpch. 15
Thurs., May 3 America in 1877

Final Exam

Section 001 (8:30): Monday, May 7, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Section 003 (2:30): Friday, May 11, 8:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.