Required Texts

Eric Foner, ed., Voices of Freedom: A Documentary History, vol. I, Fourth Edition (New York: W.W. Norton, 2014). ISBN: 978-0-393-92291-2

Alfred F. Young, The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution (Boston: Beacon Press, 1999). ISBN: 978-0-807-05405-5

Recommended: Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty! An American History, vol. I, Fourth Seagull Edition (New York: W.W. Norton, 2014). ISBN: 978-0-393-92030-7

Supplemental Instruction

This course is participating in the Supplemental Instruction program run by CASA. Chelsea Hathaway, a history major at FSU, will be the Supplemental Instructor for this course. She will hold regular office hours and also run SI sessions that will provide you the opportunity to enhance your learning and improve on the skills necessary to succeed in a college-level history course. Regular attendance at these sessions and Chelsea’s office hours will not only help you earn a better grade in this course but will also improve your skills in many of your other courses. Her schedule will be posted to the course Blackboard site.


Any student with a disability or other extenuating circumstances should see the instructor as soon as possible to make appropriate arrangements. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor of any accommodations provided through CASA, including written documentation.


Please be sure that you are properly enrolled for the course Blackboard site and be sure to check it regularly. The site will be updated regularly with PowerPoint slide shows for class, course assignments, and supplementary materials.


All students are required to maintain a Framingham State e-mail account, and course announcements will be sent to that address and posted to the course Blackboard site. Please check your FSU account and Blackboard regularly for updates.

Electronic Devices

In order to promote active engagement with the materials, no electronic devices are permitted in class except with the prior permission of the instructor. Students should come to class with a hard copy of the readings for that day prepared to discuss them.

All lectures and course materials are copyright to the instructor and may not be reproduced or distributed without written permission. You may not record lectures without prior approval in writing.

Academic Honesty and Plagiarism

The academic community is built upon the free, open, and honest exchange of ideas and opinions. In order to achieve such an environment, students need to be confident that their peers are holding themselves to the same high standards. Cheating undermines the reputation of a university’s degrees and violates the trust of all members of our intellectual community. Accordingly, no form of cheating will be tolerated in this course. All students are expected to conform to the university’s code of conduct at all times. Any student found cheating will be referred to the Dean of Students according to university policy. Cheating on any assignment will result in an automatic failure of the assignment and other possible repercussions.

Plagiarism is defined as the act of using the ideas or work of another person or persons as if they were one’s own without giving proper credit to the source. You must acknowledge the original author or source of all quotations and ideas through quotation marks, footnotes, etc. Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to the following:

  • the submission of a work, either in part or in whole completed by another;
  • failure to give credit for ideas, statements, facts or conclusions which rightfully belong to another;
  • failure to use quotation marks when quoting directly from another, whether it be a paragraph, a sentence, or even a part thereof;
  • close and lengthy paraphrasing of another’s writing, without credit or originality;
  • use of another’s project or programs or part thereof without giving credit.

Submission of a work completed for another class either in a previous or concurrent term is academic dishonesty. In short, plagiarism is not allowed under any circumstances. If you have any questions about whether something might be considered plagiarism, please ask.


Federal regulations require that students engage in two hours of work outside of the classroom for each credit hour. For courses at Framingham State, which are four credits, that means that students are expected to work for approximately eight hours per week outside of class.

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