Collin College

Department of History

United States History I

Maymester 2012


Course: HIST 1301.MS2
Course Credit Hours:3 Lecture Hours: 3
Prerequisite: Placement in ENGL 1301; College-Level Reading. 3 credit hours.

Corequisite: None
Course delivery method: Lecture

Class meetings: 1:00 PM - 4:55 PM

Room:  G226

Faculty: Prof. Kyle Wilkison, PhD


Office Suite G221, Office G223 

Office Hours:

by appointment

Telephone: 972- 881-5834


Students succeed in this course by thorough and thoughtful completion of reading assignments and attentive class attendance.


Texts:  Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, Vol. I, 8th ed.
                         Nash, "Hidden History of Mestizo America" (Online)
Cave, "The Shawnee Prophet: A Case Study of Historical Myth-Making" (Online)
The Cult of True Womanhood: 1820-1860" (Online)


Course description: History of the United States with focus on development of American characteristics and institutions, including the forging of a new society from European, African, and American cultures. Emphasis on colonial and early national periods through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Students must take 6 credit hours of HIST 1301, 1302, or 2301 to fulfill the Texas legislative requirement for history.

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:
1. Describe pre-Colombian civilizations in the Americas and summarize the impact of European discoveries and settlements on those civilizations.
2. Describe the aspects of Western and Non-Western culture that have contributed to the American experience.
3. Describe the development of the English colonies and the growth of independent colonial government.
4. Reconstruct the internal social, economic, and political events which led to the War for Independence.
5. Identify the factors, values, and compromises which shaped the U.S. Constitution.
6. Describe the formation of political parties, the development of sectionalism, and the early nationalist era.
7. Define Manifest Destiny and describe nineteenth century territorial expansion.
8. Outline major social, economic, political, and religious aspects of antebellum United States.
9. Describe the slavery controversy.
10. Outline the series of events which culminated in the Civil War.

Course requirements: The course work consists of readings, a paper, a quiz and three exams.  Class attendance and participation is absolutely essential.  Students successfully completing this course demonstrate a grasp of the information contained in the course material as well as the ability to analyze thoughtfully and write clearly.  

Method of evaluation: Grade Scale:
                                                                 Test 1 = 25%
                                                                 Test 2 = 25%
  Articles project (Paper=12.5% & Quiz=12.5%) 25%
                                             Test 3 (Final Exam) = 25%
A = 100-90
B =   89-80
C =   79-70
D =   69-60
F =   59-  0

Tests: There will be three tests including the final exam.  Each test will sample both your knowledge and understanding of the readings, class discussions and lectures.  Each test will cover roughly a chronological third of the course and will make up one-fourth of your grade (25%).  Together, the tests make up 75% of your semester grade.  You will have a study guide for each test.  Questions on the test will vary in degree of difficulty from simple matters of fact to more challenging questions of understanding.  

Click here for Study Guide for Test 1

Click here for Study Guide for Test 2

Click here for Study Guide for Test 3


Articles Project:

This assignment introduces the student to one feature of doing history: reading and analyzing the meaning of historical essays covering a variety of topics and eras.  You will carefully read and analyze the three scholarly articles listed below.


1. Gary B. Nash , “The Hidden History of Mestizo America,” The Journal of American History, Vol. 82, No. 3. (Dec., 1995), pp. 941-964.

2.   Alfred Cave, "The Shawnee Prophet, Tecumseh, and Tippecanoe: A Case Study of Historical Myth-Making," The Journal of the Early Republic, Vol. 22, No. 4, Winter, 2002, pp. 637-673. 

   Barbara Welter, “The Cult of True Womanhood: 1820-1860,” American Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 2, Part 1. (Summer, 1966), pp. 151-174.


You will then write a three-page (900 words) response to each article in which you: 1.) accurately summarize the content of the article, 2.) thoughtfully analyze its meaning and offer well-reasoned insights at which you arrive, and 3.) express and explain your opinion of the topic and/or article.  The papers will be evaluated for their substance (accuracy and detail of the summary), insight (level of analysis and thoughtfulness) and writing (adherence to format requirements, mechanics [spelling, punctuation, grammar], clarity and ease of expression).  Use only your own words.  Avoid the use of quotations in papers this short.  If you must quote, keep it to a few words, use quotation marks and provide parenthetical page number citations.  Format: The paper will be nine pages (not counting title and “Works Cited” pages), typewritten and double-spaced.  The title page includes your name, section number and date.  Failure to attach a "Works Cited" page containing a full bibliographic citation (as seen above) for each of the three essays will result in the loss of one letter grade.  Use plain paper, a conventional 12-point font and standard one-inch margins.  Give each three-page essay its own short, single-line title.  Make sure the text pages are numbered cumulatively (1-9).  Do not number the cover page.  A staple will do just fine; please do not turn in folders, plastic covers or other binders.  Late papers will have ten points per day deducted.  The due date is on the course calendar below.  A substantial penalty will be deducted for failure to adhere to format requirements.  This assignment is worth 12.5% of your semester grade. 


Articles Quiz:  At the time of the Final Exam there will also be one multiple choice quiz over the three journal articles.      


Retaking courses:  Students may repeat a course only once.  Also, at public colleges and universities in Texas, students may withdraw from a total of six classes throughout their undergraduate career.

Religious Holy Days: please refer to the current Collin Student Handbook.

ADA Statement: It is the policy of Collin County Community College to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals who are students with disabilities. This College will adhere to all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educational opportunity. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the ACCESS office, SCC-G200 or 972.881.5898 (V/TTD: 972.881.5950) in a timely manner to arrange for appropriate accommodations.

Academic Ethics: The College District may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts, or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or the submission as one’s own work material that is not one’s own. Scholastic dishonesty may involve, but is not limited to, one or more of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion, use of annotated texts or teacher’s editions, and/or falsifying academic records.  Plagiarism is the use of an author’s words or ideas as if they were one’s own without giving credit to the source, including, but not limited to, failure to acknowledge a direct quotation. Cheating is the willful giving or receiving of information in an unauthorized manner during an examination, illicitly obtaining examination questions in advance, copying computer or Internet files, using someone else’s work for the assignments as if it were one’s own, or any other dishonest means of attempting to fulfill the requirements of a course. Collusion is intentionally aiding or attempting to aid another in an act of scholastic dishonesty, including but not limited to, providing a paper or project to another student; providing an inappropriate level of assistance; communicating answers to a classmate during an examination; removing tests or answer sheets from a test site, and allowing a classmate to copy answers.

Attendance: Attending class regularly and punctually is important and committed students will find a way to fulfill that expectation.  You must be present on the day of exams.  Makeup exams may be arranged only in the case of a documented emergency.


Course Calendar

Tests must be taken on the assigned day. Tests may be made up for a limited time and then only in cases of documented emergencies. 

Students succeed in this course by thorough and thoughtful completion of reading assignments in the text and attentive class attendance. 
This calendar is  subject to change; class attendance is critical for staying current.

May 14

Begin reading Chs. 1-6 in textbook
Why 1492? 

May 14

Contrasting Virginia and Massachusetts: the English Parent Colonies

May 15 Why England Didn’t Effectively Govern, 1607-1763
May 15 How the Trouble with England Began, 1763-1775
May 16 The War for U.S. Independence, 1775-1783
Test 1: Class lectures topics and textbook reading assignments
Chs. 1-6 (through p. 254)
May 17

Begin reading Chs. 6 (from p. 235)-13

May 17

Constitution Making: Legitimacy and Authority, 1777-1787

May 17

Founding the First Party System, 1788-1815

May 18 Last day to withdraw without a grade
May 18

The War of 1812; Second Party System, 1815-1836     

Mar 21 Jackson, States' Rights and Nationalism
Test 2: Class lecture topics and textbook reading assignments
Chs. 6-13 (from p. 254) 
May 22

Begin reading Chs. 14-18
North American Racial Slavery, 1619-1865

May 23

The Triumph of Sectionalism: 1820-1860

May 24

The American Civil War, 1861-1865

May 25 The American Civil War and Reconstruction, 1865-1877
Papers over the three articles due
May 28 Memorial Day Holiday (Campuses Closed)
May 29

Class lecture topics and textbook reading assignments Chs. 14-18
Quiz over journal articles