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LAST UPDATED: March 27, 2017

Date Topic Reading Assignment
Tues., Jan. 17 Course Introduction: Why do we study history?
Thurs., Jan. 19 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 Yawp, ch. 1
Tues., Jan. 24 The Atlantic World in 1491
  • Thomas Hariot, A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia, excerpt (Blackboard)
Complete Module (Primary Sources)
Thurs., Jan. 26 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
Tues., Jan. 31 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 Yawp, ch. 2
Complete Module (Secondary Sources)
Thurs., Feb. 2 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
  • American Yawp, ch. 3
Tues., Feb. 7 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)
Thurs., Feb. 9 History Laboratory Complete Module (Plagiarism)

Bring RAPto class

Tues., Feb. 14 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 (Blackboard)
  • American Yawp, ch. 4
Thurs., Feb. 16 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
  • American Yawp, ch. 5
Tues., Feb. 21 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
    • 6-5 Edmund Burke Urges Reconciliation with the Colonies
Thurs., Feb. 23 Midterm Examination Bring common-place book

(No common-place entry)

Tues., Feb. 28 A War for Independence
  • Reading the American Past
    • 7-2 Letters of John and Abigail Adams
    • 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. 2 Declaring Independence
Tues., Mar. 7 History Laboratory: Interpreting the Past
  • Waldstreicher, Slavery’s Constitution, 3-56
Thurs., Mar. 9 The Confederation Period
  • Reading the American Past
    • 8-3 Benjamin Rush Proposes a Proper Education for a Republic
  • Constitution of Massachusetts (1780) (Blackboard)
Tues., Mar. 14-Thurs., Mar. 16 Spring Break – no class meetings
Tues., Mar. 21 The United States Constitution
  • Constitution of Massachusetts (1780) (Blackboard)
  • United States Constitution (1787)
  • Bill of Rights (1791)
  • Reading the American Past
    • 8-4 Making the Case for the Constitution
    • 8-5 Mercy Otis Warren Opposes the Constitution
  • American Yawp, ch. 6
Complete Online Module (Writing Papers)
Thurs., Mar. 23 The Constitution and Slavery
  • Waldstreicher, Slavery’s Constitution, 57-106
  • Reading the American Past [IN CLASS]
    • 8-1 Richard Allen Founds the First African Methodist Church
    • 8-2 Thomas Jefferson on Slavery and Race
Bring RAPto class
Tues., Mar. 28 The Constitution and Slavery, II
  • Waldstreicher, Slavery’s Constitution, 107-51
  • Reading the American Past [IN CLASS]
    • 9-4 A French Sugar Planter Describes the French and Saint Domingue Revolutions
    • 10-3 A Slave Demands That Thomas Jefferson Abolish Slavery
    • 10-4 James Forten Protests Pennsylvania Law Threatening Enslavement of Free African Americans
Bring RAPto class
Thurs., Mar. 30 Review of Race and the American Revolution
  • Reading the American Past [IN CLASS]
    • 5-4 Advertisements for Runaway Slaves
    • 5-5 A Moravian Missionary Interviews Slaves in the West Indies, 1767-1768
    • 7-4 Boston King Seeks Freedom by Running Away to the British Army
  • American Yawp, ch. 7
Complete Online Module (Chicago Manual)
Tues., Apr. 4 The National Republican Consolidation
  • Reading the American Past
    • 10-1 President Thomas Jefferson’s Private and Public Indian Policy
    • 10-2 Meriwether Lewis Describes the Shoshone
  • American Yawp, ch. 8
Thurs., Apr. 6 The Age of Jackson
  • Reading the American Past [IN CLASS]
    • 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 Yawp, ch. 9
Paper Due

(No common-place entry)

Tues., Apr. 11 Revolutions in the North
  • 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
    • 12-4 That Woman Is Man’s Equal: The Seneca Falls Declaration
  • American Yawp, ch. 10
Thurs., Apr. 13 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 Yawp, ch. 11
Tues., Apr. 18 Manifest Destiny in the West
  • Reading the American Past
    • 12-5 A Farmer’s View of His Wife
  • John L. O’Sullivan, “The Great Nation of Futurity” (Blackboard)
  • American Yawp, ch. 12
Thurs., Apr. 20 Sections Dividing  01X ONLY: Literature review due (No common-place entry)
Tues., Apr. 25 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
Thurs., Apr. 27 The Civil War
  • Reading the American Past [IN CLASS]
    • 15-1 President Lincoln’s War Aims
    • 15-3 The New York Draft Riots
    • 15-4 Susie King Taylor Describes Her Wartime Experiences
  • American Yawp, ch. 14
Paper 2 due

(No common-place entry)

Tues., May 2 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 Yawp, ch. 15
Common-place Books due (all)
Thurs., May 4 America in 1877
  • Waldstreicher, Slavery’s Constitution, 153-57