HST 1010: American Civilizations to 1877

Summer 2013

Course Description and Goals: 
This course is a survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects from its earliest settlement to 1877.  It will provide students with an understanding of the basic facts and concepts of American history through class lecture and discussion.  It will measure understanding of the aforementioned facts and concepts with exams, and develop communication and critical-thinking skills through writing assignments.

Robert A. Divine, et al., The American Story, vol. 1 (4th ed.)
Melton A. McLaurin, Celia, A Slave

Grading Scale: 
A          94-100
A-        90-93
B+        87-89
B          83-86
B-        80-82
C+        77-79
C          73-76
C-         70-72
D+       67-69
D         63-66
D-        60-62
F          0-59

Communication Policy:
Be sure to familiarize yourself with all Blackboard functions and let me know if you have trouble with any of them.  Email and the Announcements section of Blackboard will be the primary means of communication in the course.  Students should regularly check their university email accounts and the Announcements section of Blackboard for information about the course. It is the students’ responsibility to consult these sources and be aware of any announcements or revisions to the course schedule.  If you have trouble with your email account or believe that you are not receiving information from me, please contact me as soon as possible to rectify the problem.

In a paragraph of 150-200 words, you should address at least ten of the fifteen journal topics posted to Blackboard.  Click the link, read the material or watch the video, and answer the question posed to you. In your short essay, you should place the documents and videos into the context of the appropriate chapter covered in The American Story.  Many of these questions ask for your informed opinion, so make sure you support your assertions with evidence only from the material provided to you.  You will be graded on how well you answer the question, how well you support your answer, and the clarity of your prose.  There is a deadline for addressing each topic, and you may not go back later to add entries, so please keep up with the reading for this class.  Each journal entry is worth ten points; I will drop three out of fifteen journal grades.  This means that you are only required to write about ten topics, but you have the opportunity to receive up to twenty bonus points.  You will, however, be held responsible for all of the material on the midterm and final exams.

Writing Assignment: 
There will be one major writing assignment in this class on the book Celia, A Slave by Melton McLaurin.  The rules of plagiarism apply, so be sure to use footnotes if you quote from the book or consult additional sources.  You are not required to consult additional sources, but if you do you must cite them according to The Chicago Manual of Style (http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html).  Specific instructions for this assignment have been posted to the Course Content section of Blackboard.  It should be emailed to me at scott.billingsley@uncp.edu by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday June 23, 2013.  Students may lose ten percentage points for each calendar day the assignment is late.  This assignment must be submitted in order to pass the course.  I recommend that you consult the following websites for more information regarding plagiarism:

Exam and Make-up Policies: 
There will be two exams given during the semester--a midterm and a final.  Test questions may include information from the textbooks, supplementary readings, and multimedia presentations.  Exams will be available from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m.  Students should provide me with an approved written excuse if they must miss an exam.  Make-up exams may be in identification and/or essay formats.  Please see the Important Dates below and the Course Content section of Blackboard for more information.  Students must take both exams in order to pass the course.

Religious Holiday Policy:
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has a legal and moral obligation to accommodate all students who must be absent from classes or miss scheduled exams in order to observe religious holidays; we must be careful not to inhibit or penalize these students for exercising their rights to religious observance.  To accommodate students’ religious holidays, each student will be allowed two excused absences each semester with the following conditions:

  1. Students, who submit written notification to their instructors within two weeks of the beginning of the semester, shall be excused from class or other scheduled academic activity to observe a religious holy day of their faith.  Excused absences are limited to two class sessions (days) per semester. 
  2. Students shall be permitted a reasonable amount of time to make up tests or other work missed due to an excused absence for a religious observance.
  3. Students should not be penalized due to absence from class or other scheduled academic activity because of religious observances.  

A student who is to be excused from class for a religious observance is not required to provide a second-party certification of the reason for the absence.  Furthermore, a student who believes that he or she has been unreasonably denied an education benefit due to religious beliefs or practices may seek redress through the student grievance procedure.

Code of Conduct:
Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the University’s Code of Conduct outlined in the student handbook (http://www.uncp.edu/sa/pol_pub/code_of_conduct.htm). 

Students with Documented Disabilities: 
Federal laws require UNCP to accommodate students with documented learning, physical, chronic health, psychological, visual or hearing disabilities. In post-secondary school settings, academic accommodations are not automatic; to receive accommodations, students must make a formal request and must supply documentation from a qualified professional to support that request. Students who believe they qualify must contact Disability Support Services (DSS) in DF Lowry Building, Room 107 or call 910-521-6695 to begin the accommodation process. All discussions remain confidential.  Accommodations cannot be provided retroactively. More information for students about the services provided by DSS and the accommodation process may be found at the following links: 



Academic Honesty: 
Academic misconduct in any form will not be tolerated.  It is your responsibility to recognize and understand the various types of academic misconduct, including plagiarism.  Please consult the Academic Honor Code in the Student Handbook or at UNCP’s Division of Student Affairs website (http://www.uncp.edu/sa/pol_pub/honor_code.htm) for official guidelines regarding the definition and handling of academic misconduct.  Please see the websites in the “Writing Assignment” section above for more information regarding plagiarism.

Important Dates:
Midterm Exam: Wednesday June 5 (25%) - Must be completed by 11:59 p.m.
Celia Essay: Sunday June 23 (25%) - Must be submitted by 11:59 p.m.
Final Exam: Monday June 24 (25%) - Must be completed by 11:59 p.m.
Journal Entries:  See Course Content section in Blackboard  (25%)

Course Schedule:

May 20-21: Chapter 1
May 22-23: Chapter 2
May 24-25: Chapter 3
May 26-27: Chapter 4
May 28-29: Chapter 5
May 30-31: Chapter 6
June 1-2: Chapter 7
June 3-4: Chapter 8
June 5:  Midterm Exam
June 6-7: Chapter 9
June 8-9: Chapter 10
June 10-11: Chapter 11
June 12-13: Chapter 12
June 14-15: Chapter 13
June 16-17: Chapter 14
June 18-19: Chapter 15
June 20-21: Chapter 16
June 23: Celia paper due
June 24: Final Exam

    Updated: Monday, May 20, 2013