AMERICAN HISTORY I (H105, section C882) -- Fall1999

Lecture Hall [LE] 102

Mondays and Wednesdays, 10-10:50 am


H105, C883: Mondays, 11-11:50 am, Science/Engineering II [SL] 110
H105, C884: Mondays, 12 noon-12:50 pm, Cavanaugh Hall [CA] 226
H105, C885: Wednesday, 11-11:50 am, Science/Engineering II [SL] 110
H105, C886: Wednesdays, 12 noon-12:50 pm, Cavanaugh Hall [CA] 226
H105, C887: Wednesdays, 1-1:50 pm, Science/Engineering III [LD] 018

Dr. Marianne S. Wokeck Ms. Ginny Gottman
Cavanaugh Hall [CA] 503N Cavanaugh Hall [CA] 001-D
phone: 274-5820 [= voice mail] phone: 274-2571 [= voice mail]
office hours: Mondays, 1-2 pm; Tuesdays, 4-5 pm; Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 am; and by appointment office hours: Mondays, 1-2 pm; Wednesdays, 9-10 am; and by appointment

Please note: This syllabus and other course materials can be found linked to oncourse ( and on the home page of the Department of History ( You can get to the site from the IUPUI home page (http://www.iupui; from there, click on ACADEMICS; then SCHOOLS; then IU SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS; then RELATED PAGES; then DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY; then COURSE DESCRIPTIONS and SYLLABI/COURSE HANDOUTS; then H105-H106).

BOOKS (available at University bookstore [not shelved very systematically]; Follet=s; and online):

All students should own and must read:

John M. Murrin et al, Liberty, Equality, Power: A History of the American People. Volume 1: To 1877 (Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace, 2d edition, 1999). This textbook is shrink-wrapped with the accompanying U.S. History Documents Package (2d edition, 1999).

Kathryn Zabelle Derounian-Stodola, ed., Women=s Indian Captivity Narratives (New York: Penguin Books, 1998).

Louis H. Gates, Jr., ed., Classic Slave Narratives (New York: Penguin Books, 1987) {The Life of Olaudah Equiano [pp. 3-145]; Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass [pp. 245-331] or Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl [pp. 335-515]}.


This course introduces students to a variety of basic topics and perspectives in American History. In particular, the course explores the nation=s history through different kinds of readings and by addressing questions about the texts and the reconstruction and interpretation of the past. The reading and writing assignments constitute the core of the course, which follows a format of lectures with class discussion. Students need to calculate on average at least four hours each week of reading and writing (in addition to the scheduled class time) in order to be properly prepared to take part in class discussion and to complete the course successfully. Regular class attendance and participation in discussion sections is mandatory.

Grading will be based on several tests and assignments: two mid-terms (the better of the two counts 20%) and a final (30%). These tests are a combination of identifications, true-false questions, multiple-choice questions, short-answer, and essay questions. The selection, summary, and analysis of one primary source from the U.S. History Documents Package counts for 30 percent of the semester grade. The remaining 20 percent of the semester grade is based on the students= practice of professional behavior and civility that normally count among the prerequisites for college courses. Students who observe the rules and instructions concerning punctuality, attendance, class participation, and assignments will receive a satisfactory grade (C) for this portion of the course; those who do not follow the rules of professional and civil conduct will fail this part. Students whose participation in class discussion is exemplary and those who submit an extensive class journal that includes notes about lectures and discussions as well as notes about the reading assignments can thereby raise an average grade for this segment of the course. Content will count most heavily in all written work, but grammar, spelling, and style will affect grade.

Students who do satisfactory work can expect the average grade of "C" (72 points on a scale of 100 points maximum) in accordance with the academic regulations stated in the Bulletin, p. 17; students whose work is above average will receive grades of "C+" to "B+" (76 to 88 points on a scale of 100); for demonstrable excellence in their work students can achieve an "A-" (92-95 points) or "A" (96-99 points); AA+@ is for a perfect score of 100 points. Less than 50 points represent unacceptable work and hence carry the failing grade of "F"; "C-" to "D-" (68 to 50 points on a scale of 100) constitute below average work. For calculation of the semester grade, improvement over the course of the semester is an important consideration and can raise the final grade above the mathematical average. All assignment have to be handed in on time. Tardiness carries a penalty: for every day an assignment is late, one-third of a letter grade is subtracted from the earned grade. For example, a B+ assignment will be lowered to a B-, if it was two days late.

Directions for class attendance and assignments (particular instructions will be available on net: Department of History home-page):

Each student can miss four classes--no questions asked--without failing the class (counting all lectures and discussions together; not four lectures and four discussion sections separately).

Each student will also be responsible for selecting one primary source from the U.S. History Documents Package in order to summarize and analyze it. All selections need the instructors= approval, who--together with the student--will also determine when the assignment is due. As with the other assignments of that kind, the summary and analysis of the selected primary source needs to be typed (double-spaced, standard one-inch margins; with the name of the student and date of the assignment clearly marked in the right-hand, top corner), and they are due in duplicate (be sure to save all of your course work on disk until the end of the semester).

Each student is encouraged to create and maintain a journal of notes about the lectures; discussions; and readings.

Students are expected to take tests and exams at the appointed time and hand in written assignments in class the day they are due (assignments will not be accepted after class on the designated date). Students who for extraordinary reasons cannot meet a deadline should discuss their situation with the instructors before the due date.

Polite as well as professional conduct requires that students are punctual and keep any scheduled appointment (that includes lectures and discussion sections). If unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances prevent students from meeting at the appointed time, they should inform the instructors of the situation as soon as possible.

University policy is that the grade of "Incomplete" should be assigned only to students who have successfully completed most of the course work and who have been prevented by significant and unanticipated circumstances from finishing all requirements. Removal of "Incomplete" grades is often troublesome for both student and instructor, I will be reluctant to assign them.

Cheating on exams and other forms of intellectual dishonesty, notably plagiarism, will not be tolerated, will result in a failing grade on the work in question, may mean a failing semester grade, and may lead to disciplinary action by the university. Consult the Indiana University Bulletin, 1998-2000: School of Liberal Arts, p. 20-21, or the relevant parts about academic misconduct published in the Code of Student Ethics for the university's rules on academic misconduct.

COURSE OUTLINE and READING ASSIGNMENTS (assignments are due at the beginning of the week unless noted or announced otherwise):

week 1 Organization and Introduction

Aug 25

week 2 When Old Worlds Collide: Contact, Conquest, Catastrophe

Sept 1, 3 Liberty, Equality, Power, chapter 1

week 3 The Challenge to Spain and the Settlement of North America

Sept 8 Liberty, Equality, Power, chapter 2; document: chapter 2, #10

week 4 England Discovers Its Colonies: Empire, Liberty, and Expansion

Sept 13, 15 Liberty, Equality, Power, chapter 3; document: chapter 3, #20

1st MID-TERM: September 15

week 5 Provincial America and the Struggle for a Continent

Sept 20, 22 Liberty, Equality, Power, chapter 4; document: chapter 4, #27; Women=s Indian Captivity Narratives, pp. 3-79 [@Mary Rowlandson; Hannah Dustan; Elizabeth Hanson@]

week 6 Reform, Resistance, Revolution

Sept 27, 29 Liberty, Equality, Power, chapter 5; document: chapter 5, #38

week 7 The Revolutionary Republic

Oct 4, 6 Liberty, Equality, Power, chapter 6; document: chapter 6, #43

DISCUSSION: AOlaudah Equiano,@ in: Slave Narratives, pp. 3-145

week 8 The Democratic Republic, 1790-1820

Oct 11, 13 Liberty, Equality, Power, chapter 7; document: chapter 7, #48

2nd MID-TERM: Oct 13

week 9 Completing the Revolution, 1789-1815

Oct 18, 20 Liberty, Equality, Power, chapter 8; document: chapter 8, #52; Women=s Indian Captivity Narratives, pp.81-210 [@=Panther Captivity=; Jemima Howe; Mary Kinnan; Mary Jamison@]

week 10 The Market Revolution, 1815-1860

Oct 25, 27 Liberty, Equality, Power, chapter 9; document: chapter 9, #59

week 11 Toward an American Culture

Nov 1, 3 Liberty, Equality, Power, chapter 10; document: chapter 10, #61

week 12 Society, Culture, Politics, 1820s-1840s

Nov 8, 10 Liberty, Equality, Power, chapter 11; document: chapter 11, #72

week 13 Jacksonian Democracy

Nov 15, 17 Liberty, Equality, Power, chapter 12; document: chapter 12, #76; Women=s Indian Captivity Narratives, pp. 213-40 [@Mary Godfrey@]

week 14 Manifest Destiny: An Empire for LibertyBor Slavery?

Nov 22 Liberty, Equality, Power, chapter 13

THANKSGIVING (24-28 Nov [= no classes])

week 15 Manifest Destiny: An Empire for LibertyBor Slavery?

Nov 29, Dec 1 Liberty, Equality, Power, chapter 13; document: chapter 13, #80; Women=s Indian Captivity Narratives, pp. 237-337 [@Sarah Wakefield; Emeline Fuller@]

DISCUSSION: AFrederick Douglass@ or AHarriet Jacobs,@ in: Slave Narratives, pp. 245-331 or pp. 335-515


(due: Dec 1); also: Dec 1 is the absolute deadline for formal, written assignment(s)

week 16 The Gathering Tempest, 1853-1860

Dec 6, 8 Liberty, Equality, Power, chapter 14; document: chapter 14, #90

week 16 Secession and Civil War, 1860-1862 and A New Birth of Freedom, 1863-1865

Dec 13 Liberty, Equality, Power, chapters 15 and 16; documents: chapter 15, #96; and chapter 16, #102

FINAL: Monday, December 20, 10:30 am-12:30 pm (cf. Schedule, p. 161)