His. 103: US Survey: to 1877

Section Instructor
Bruce A. Peterson

Office: Palo Verde Building #P248 Office Hours: MTWRF 11:00-12:00am or by appointment. See Daily Schedule
Telephone: 480-654-7722
Homepage: http://www.mc.maricopa.edu/~vocewld/
E-Mail: vocewld@mesacc.edu (This is the surest means to get my prompt attention.)

(Mr. Peterson reserves the right to drop a student from the class role, anytime during the semester, if he perceives the
student is not meeting the course requirements and/or guidelines set forth in these documents.)

Course Readings


Berkin, Miller, Cherny, Gormly, Mainwaring, Making America A History of the United States, vol. A to 1877, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007.

This brief, manageable introduction to U.S. History presents history as a dynamic and unpredictable process, rather than an inevitable series of events. Making America provides a structure for analyzing historical events, which reflects on the Expectations, Constraints, Choices, and Outcomes of the event and its actors.


Robert D. Marcus, & David Burner,
America Firsthand 7th edition vol. 1. Bedford Books, 2006

"America Firsthand has garnered praise and popularity for its compelling presentation of social history through primary documents that reflect individual stories. These firsthand accounts dramatically illustrate everyday people creating and reporting their own history to show students a wide range of human experience."


 Colin G. Calloway ed.,
The World Turned Upside Down: Indian Voices from Early America.
Bedford Books, 1994

"This is a splendid addition to the literature on the Indian experience in early America. It is an essential starting point for those people -- students, teachers, and scholars -- who wish to gain a richer, more nuanced view of early American life." -- James H. Merrell, Vassar College


David W. Blight ed.,
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, Written by Himself.
FQ Classics; 1st edition (April 12, 2007)

"I think this edition promises to be the most useful version available of  Douglass's Narrative"
                             -- David Brion Davis, Yale University 

Course Description: This is an introductory course in United States History from the first settlement of the continent through the Civil War. More about specific content will be discussed during the first several days of class.

Grading in this course will be based on six quizzes, two essay exams, and a critical thinking essay.

7 Quizzes, 5 graded-20%
A quiz will be given at the beginning of class on each of the days specified below. It will be in a short answer format and will cover the assigned document reading. Your highest 5 scores will be averaged as part of the semester grade.

2 Essay Exams-60% A place to help you: "The Writing of a History Examination"
The essay assignments will call for you to state an opinion on an issue or issues relating to material covered in class and to support it with factual evidence taken from class notes and assigned readings. Review questions will be distributed prior to each exam. All exams will be taken using a black or blue permanent ink pen and a Blue Book, which you must bring with you on the days indicated.

Critical Thinking Essay-20% Another place for help: "How to Write the Perfect History Essay"
The Critical Thinking essay will be a 2000(+or-) word essay on an assigned topic. A handout describing the assignment will be given in class and posted on the web at the appropriate time.

Mr. Peterson will use the following grading system. There will be no exceptions or substitutions to it. Your oral and written work will be assigned a letter grade. The respective values for each letter grade are indicated below.Letter System: 

A = 4.0

A- = 3.7

B+ = 3.4

B = 3.0

B- = 2.7

C+ = 2.4

C = 2.0

C- = 1.7

D+ = 1.4

D = 1.0

D- = 0.7

F = 0.3

If you have any questions and/or concern about your classroom performances and/or earned grades, please make an appointment to confer with Mr. Peterson as soon as possible. This course requires more than a casual effort and deals with historical and cultural events, terminology, ideologies, and the ability to communicate your understanding effectively in both written and oral discourse. I will use the following criteria in evaluating your work during this course.

A = Exceptionally well prepared and executed completion of assigned work indicating effort, individualized style, and demonstrating a thorough grasp of large portions of the course material.
B = Creative, well-prepared work, demonstrating unusual effort, talent, or grasp of the material that is distinctly superior to an "average" or "C" effort.
C = Satisfactory completion of as signed work at a level of effort and competency normally expected of the majority of students (basic completion, average performance, and reasonable effort).
D = Unsatisfactory completion of work indicating misperceived objectives or failure to grasp key concepts but with reasonable effort.
F = Failure to complete assignments through a lack of reasonable effort, or failure to attain passing average on either exams or assignments.

No make-ups for quizzes will be given. Any missed quizzes will be considered as low scores and included in the grades dropped from consideration in determining the final course grade. (Individual exceptions can be made in cases of prolonged illness or absences due to university-sanctioned activities. Verification of specific circumstances must be provided when asking for special consideration.) There will be 2 scheduled make-up days for the essay exams. They are noted in the attached schedule and will be the only opportunities provided to make-up the exams.

Late Work Policy:
All written work must be turned in on the date it is due whether you are absent or not. Student's grade will be lowered one grade per class period late on any written assignment. All written work must be typed, double-spaced with 1" margins, and adhere to the principles of college writing. More help: "Good Writing or Pet Peeves and Higher Grades"

Roll will be kept daily, and a penalty will be assessed for non-attendance. You will be allowed 3 absences without grade penalty. For every absence thereafter, your final course grade will be lowered one grade point. (Individual exceptions can be made in cases of prolonged illness or absences due to university-sanctioned activities. Verification of specific circumstances must be provided when asking for special consideration.)

Drop/Add Deadlines:

Final Drop/Add Period

January 18-22

Unrestricted Withdrawal Deadline

February 12

Restricted Course Withdrawal Deadline

April 2

Restricted Complete Withdrawal Deadline

April 29

An "Incomplete" can only be assigned with an appropriate "contract." The student must arrange this personally with Mr. Peterson.

Disabilities: If you have a disability, including a learning disability, that may have an impact on your work and for which you may require accommodations, please notify the Recourses and Disability Office at 461-7447.  I am willing to make reasonable accommodations, so see me as soon as possible to discuss your needs.
 m http://www.mc.maricopa.edu/services/disability/

Course Schedule:

Week of 1/18 
Berkin, "Preface" and "About Authors"
Lecture Outline "ECCO"

Week of 1/25 
Background to Colonization 
Berkin, Ch. 1 IDs & Essays
Friday Discussion:
1)Excerpts from Christopher Columbus's Journal
2)Marcus & Burner, Doc.#1, 2, 4.
3)Calloway, Pages 1-19
Lecture Outline "Origins"

Week of 2/1 
Colonial Beginnings 
Berkin, Ch. 2 IDs & Essays
Friday Discussion:
1)The Letters Patents of King Henry the Seventh Granted unto Iohn  Cabot and his Three Sonnes
2)Marcus & Burner, Doc.#5, 7.
3)Calloway, Pages 20-27, & 33-41
Lecture Outline "Exploration"
Reading Quiz #1: Friday

Week of 2/8 
Colonial Development 
Berkin, Ch. 3 IDs & Essays
2)Marcus & Burner, Doc.#9, 10.
3)Calloway, Pages 43-52, & 54-61
A Sermon by Jonathan Edwards

Week of 2/15 
Life in Colonial America 
Berkin, Ch. 4 IDs & Essays
2)Marcus & Burner, Doc.#11, 12, 14, & 15.
3)Calloway, Pages 71-79, & 88-114
Reading Quiz #2: Friday 

Week of 2/22 
Toward Revolution 
Berkin, Ch. 5 IDs & Essays
2)Marcus & Burner, Doc.#16, 17, 18, & 20.
3)Calloway, Pages 134-140, & 146-160
Paine's Letter to the Quakers

Week of 3/1 
Revolutionary America 
Berkin, Ch. 6 IDs & Essays
2)Marcus & Burner, Doc.#19, 21, & 22.
3)Calloway, Pages 170-185
Reading Quiz #3: Friday 
Washington's "Farewell Address"

Week of 3/8 
Divisions over Liberty 
No document readings this week.
Lecture Outline "Hamilton"
Blue Book Exam 1: Friday 
Possible essay questions and IDs for exam

Book Review Bibliography

Week of 3/15 

Spring Break

Critical Thinking Paper Sorry; this got lost somehow for a while!

Week of 3/22 
A New Nation 
Berkin, Ch. 7--8 IDs & Essays
Marcus & Burner, Doc.#25 & 26
Blight ed., Pages 1-25.
Reading Quiz #4: Friday 

Week of 3/29 
The "American System" 
Berkin, Ch. 9--10 IDs & Essays
Marcus & Burner, Doc.#34
Blight ed., Pages 27-38.

Week of 4/5 
The Politics of Democracy 
Berkin, Ch. 11 IDs & Essays
Marcus & Burner, Doc.#27
Blight ed., Pages 39-71.
Reading Quiz #5: Friday 

Week of 4/12 
Corruption and Reform

Marcus & Burner, Doc.#33, 36 &37
Blight ed., Pages 71-115.

Week of 4/19 
Expansion and Crisis
Berkin, Ch. 12 IDs & Essays
Marcus & Burner, Doc.#23, 24, 28, 29, & 30.
Blight ed., Pages 119-134.
 Reading Quiz #6: Friday 

Week of 4/26 
A Broken Nation 
Berkin, Ch. 13 IDs & Essays
Marcus & Burner, Doc.#31, 32, & 35.
Blight ed., Pages 134-145.
Reading Quiz #7: Friday 

Week of 5/3 
 Total War 
Berkin, Ch. 14 IDs & Essays
No document readings this week.
Critical Thinking Essay Due on Monday 5/3


 Possible essay questions and IDs for exam.

 Time scheduled for
Blue Book Final Exam 

Monday: May 10,