UNITED STATES HISTORY: 1492-1865
Fall Semester 2004
History 101 Mr. Scott
Office Hours: Acland 23
Mon, Wed & Fri E-Mail/SCOTT
9-10; 11-12 PBX 5316
Text: Ingle et al, Endless Quest Vol. I
Ulrich, Good Wives
Remini, Andrew Jackson
Greenberg, Honor and Slavery
Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Stand Firm ye Boys from
Assigned Book-Pairs for Papers:
1) Columbus and Ulrich
(Paper due September 17)
2) Flexner and Remini
(Paper due October 29)
3) McLauren and Greenberg
(Paper due November 19)
4) Stowe and Desjardin
(Paper due December 10)
Film: Black Robe Sunday, September 12 at 7 p.m.
1) Attendance is required for all lectures, film (Sunday September 12, 7:00 pm, Tomsich 101), and discussions. Students who fail to attend class will have their grades reduced accordingly (at least one letter grade. Students are excused only with a Dean's excuse or for College-recognized religious holidays or, for team members, away athletic or other collegiate sponsored activities. In the case of an "excused absence" students should inform me promptly. No one will miss class the day before or the day after the October Break or the Thanksgiving Vacation or the last day of class.
2) Choose three of the four pairs of Assigned Readings and write a typed, six-page (2500 word) comment for each of the three, due in class on the day that the second of the pair of readings is scheduled for discussion in syllabus. These will be graded and represent one third of your final grade. Any late papers will be reduced at least a letter grade. I will not accept any papers more than one week late without a compelling excuse. Papers will be graded on the basis of content, argument, neatness, and writing. See writing guideline.
3) My Extension Policy for papers is that everyone gets one “penalty-free extension automatically. If you choose to use your free extension the late paper must be turned into my office no later than one week after its due date. Be sure to write on the top of the paper that you are using your free extension for this paper so that I do not grade it as late.
4) One hour-exam (October 18th); a map quiz (November 8); and a cumulative final exam to be taken during scheduled exam period. For the exams you will be responsible for lectures, map information, text, all assigned readings, film, and discussions.
5) If you have physical, psychological or learning disabilities and require accommodations, please let me know early in the semester so that your course needs may be met. You may also wish to consult the Coordinator of Services to Students with Disabilities, Erin Salva (5145 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for suggestions and help with your particular needs at Kenyon. All communication with Ms Salva is confidential.
Lecture and Discussion Schedule:
Aug. 30 1492
Sept. 3 Discussion:
Sept. 10 God,
the Devil, and
Endless Quest, chapt 1
Sept. 12 Black Robe Film: Tomsich 101 7:00 PM
Sept. 13 The
Sept. 15 Servitude: Black and White
Sept. 17 Discussion: Ulrich, Good Wives
Paper # 1 due in class
Sept. 20 The Great Awakening
Sept. 22 On
the Eve of
Sept. 24 Justifying the Revolution
Sept. 27 The American Revolution
Sept. 29 E Pluribus Unum
Oct. 1 Discussion:
Endless Quest, chapt. 2
Oct. 4 One Nation
Oct. 6 Federalists
Oct. 8 Republicans
Endless Quest, chapt. 3
Oct. 11 ***October Break***
Oct. 13 Liberty’s Daughters
Oct. 15 The Marshall Court
Oct. 18 MID-TERM EXAM
Oct. 20 Economic Transformation
Oct. 22 Images of the Early Republic
Endless Quest, chapt. 4
Oct. 25 Jacksonian America
Oct. 27 Racial Politics
Oct. 29 Discussion: Remini, Andrew Jackson
Paper #2 due in class
Nov. 1 Reformers and Transformers
Nov. 3 Ante-bellum City
Nov. 5 Painting the “New” America: slide discussion
Nov. 8 MAP QUIZ
Nov. 10 Discussion: McLauren, Cecelia
Nov. 12 Reading Day: No Class
Nov. 15 Slavery
Nov. 17 Old South
Nov. 19 Discussion: Greenberg, Honor and Slavery
Paper # 3 due in class
Endless Quest, chapt. 5
Nov. 29 Cult of Domesticity
Dec. 1 Rise of the Republican Party
Dec. 3 Discussion: Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, chpts. 1-11
Dec. 6 The War against the States
Dec. 8 One Nation Indivisible
Dec. 10 Discussion: Desjardin, Stand Firm ye Maine Boys
Paper # 4 due in class
Endless Quest, chapter 6
All states and state capitals
Great Desert (Utah & Westward)
Great Salt Lake
Blue Ridge Mountains
Central Valley (California)
Little Big Horn
Long Island Sound
Proclamation line of 1763
Rio Grande/Rio Bravo del Norte
Salt Lake City
San Francisco Bay
Sierra Nevada Mountains
St. Lawrence River
Trail of Tears
States of Northwest Territory
Northwest Territory of 1787
I Focus on verbs. Good writing begins with good verbs. This means 1) active voice, 2) simple past tense, 3) verbs of action, 4) no redundant, meaningless auxiliaries, and 5) establishing clear causal relationships between the agent of cause (subject), the causal act (verb), and the object of cause (direct object). Write with clarity, coherence, detail, and artfulness.
1) Always write in the ACTIVE VOICE. The passive voice drains the life out of your prose obscures the true subject of your sentence, the agent of causation.
a) Alexander Hamilton was killed in a duel. p.v.
b) The woman was beaten. p.v.
a) Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton. a.v.
b) The woman's vicious boy friend beat her unmercifully. a.v.
2) Whenever possible use the simple past tense. The strongest of all verb forms, consistent use of the simple past avoids most tense confusions. The one acceptable exception is past perfect when you refer to an event that occurred prior to the one you are discussing.
a) Eleanor Roosevelt was going to vote. Past Participle
b) Eleanor Roosevelt would vote. Future Past Perfect
a) Eleanor Roosevelt voted. Simple Past
b) Eleanor Roosevelt had registered before she voted. Past perfect and simple past.
3) Only occasionally use verbs of being. Use verbs of action. Like the passive voice, verbs of being kill your prose. They also tell you nothing except that your subject exists or that it is present. Don't waste a verb. It is, by far, the most important element in writing. Make it say something. Use it to hold readers' interest. Only use verbs of being occasionally for dramatic emphasis (The history teacher was boring!) or to alter the tempo of your writing.
a) John was in the house.
b) Hillary Clinton was the President's wife.
c) Thurgood Marshall was in court.
a) John lay dead in house.
b) Hillary Clinton stood along side her husband, the much and justifiably maligned President.
c) Thurgood Marshall confronted the Supreme Court with the fundamental inequity of racially segregated public schools.
4) Do not use unnecessary phrases or words.
a) I stood up in order to go.
b) I started to leave.
c) I began to look.
a) I stood to go.
b) I left.
c) I looked; I conquered.
II Always have unifying theme. State your theme in the introduction (usually the first paragraph), use it to tie together everything in your essay, and in your conclusion, evaluate the theme and show its significance. All expository essays should have an introduction, an argument, and a conclusion.
III Transitions knit your essays together. Make sure that each sentence flows naturally from the preceding sentence, that you link each paragraph to the preceding paragraph, and that you relate each new topic in essay to the preceding topic. Make your transitions as artful as it.
This essay is about Geronimo. I will discuss his childhood and how he led the Apache people against the Mexican and American governments. My theme is ...blah, blah
Geronimo, the great war-chief of the Apaches, resisted the conquest and taming of his people, first by the Mexican and then by the United States Government. Even as a young boy, born in the rugged, isolated Sierra Madre Mountains, Geronimo spurned the very idea of western civilization, fighting all efforts to destroy the wildness of his people and land.