Professor Maizlish -- UH 313
Office Hours: MWF 7:30am-8:50am (UH 313)
Wed. 12pm-1:30pm (UH 313)
and by appointment
Fridays, 12noon-1pm, Room 116UH
AND DEC. 6 12noon-1pm 121 Science Hall
(Review Sessions will not be held on Sept. 22, 29, or Oct. 20)
[University of Texas at Arlington
Frederick Douglass, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Cantor, How To Study History
James W. Davidson, ed. Nation of Nations (Numbers indicated below refer to relevant chapters)
1) ALL of the required readings and
the optional readings, except for Davidson and Cantor,
may be accessed through internet links.
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
can be read on the internet, but
students may wish to purchase this book rather than read this document on the web.
3) Internet links can be found on the course web page below.
4) Computer problems or a down system WILL NOT be an acceptable excuse for missed
or a failure to be ready for examinations.
BE PREPARED!!! PLAN AHEAD!!!
DO NOT leave your reading to the last moment, or, if you do, MAKE SURE to have back-up computer access available.
5) Please remember that the professor cannot accept assignments or give out grades over the internet.
|Week I||Aug. 25||Introduction||--------------||1.Cantor
2.Reading, Writing, and Researching for History: A College Student's Guide
The European & African, Roots of
||The Economic and Religious Motivation for the Great Migration||The Mayflower Compact||Davidson, 1-3|
|Sept. 1||The Puritan Community||
Model of Christian Charity
2.A Witchcraft Indictment (Indictment v. Mary Bradbury, No. 1.)
3.An Accused Witch's Denial (Answer of Mary Bradbury)
4.An Accused Witch's
Confession (Confession from Prison of William Barker, Sr.)
| 1.Davidson, 1-3
2.Cotton Mather's "Memorable Providences"
|Week III||Sept. 4||----NO CLASS --||----LABOR DAY----||----------------|
|Sept. 6||The Southern Colonies||Indentured Servants||Davidson, 2 & 4|
|Sept. 8||The Origins of American Slavery||
3. The Middle Passage
4. Falconbridge's Description of the Middle Passage
5. Slave Sale Broadside (1774)
|Davidson, 2 & 4|
|Week IV||Sept. 11||EXAMINATION #1||
Lectures & Required Readings:
Aug. 28-Sept. 8
|Map of the Colonies (1775)||Davidson, 4|
|Sept. 15||America on the Eve of Revolution||Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography (Chapter 8, Starting with: "At the time I establish’d myself in Pennsylvania . . ."|| Davidson, 4
Crevecoeur's "What is an American"
|Week V||Sept. 18||The American Revolution: The First Confrontation||Stamp Act Congress Resolutions||Davidson, 5|
|Sept. 20||The Meaning of the American Revolution||
Resolves of the 1st
2.The Declaration of
3. Hamilton-King George: You'll Be Back
| Davidson, 5 & 6
1.Pennsylvania's Act of Gradual Abolition
2.Dunmore's Proclamation Offering Freedom
3.Thomas Paine's Common
4. Jimmy Fallon: You'll be Back
|Sept. 22||-------------||NO CLASS||--------------|
|Week VI||Sept. 25||The Confederation||
Map of the
United States (1790)
3. Hamilton-King George: What comes Next
| Davidson, 7
1.The Articles of Confederation
2.The Northwest Ordinance
3. Alexander Hamilton
|Sept. 27||The Constitution||
3.George Washington on Slavery
| Davidson, 7
1.The Debates of the
|Sept. 29||EXAMINATION #2||
Lectures & Required Readings:
|Week VII||Oct. 2||The Origins of the First Party System||
Washington: One Last Time
2. Hamiltion-King George: I know Him
3.The Sedition Act
4.Kentucky Resolutions of 1798
(Resolves 1, 2, & 3)
Davidson, 8 1.Washington's
2.Washington's Farewell Address
|Oct. 4||The Election of 1800||
Jefferson's 1st Inaugural Address
2.Hamilton-Cabinet Meeting #1
|Davidson, 8 & 9|
|Oct. 6||The War of 1812||1.President
Madison's War Message
2. The Hunters of Kentucky
3. Johnny Horton: Battle of New Orleans
The Hartford Convention
|Week VIII||Oct. 9||The New Nationalism||
|Oct. 11||The Market Economy||--------------------||Davidson, 9&10|
|Oct. 13||Jacksonian Democracy||----------------|| Davidson, 11
Andrew Jackson's Bank Veto
|Week IX||Oct. 16||The Whig Opposition and the Second American Party System||The Log Cabin Campaign|| Davidson, 11
Henry Clay Responds to the Bank Veto
|Oct. 18||Manifest Destiny & Indian Removal||
2.Andrew Jackson Supports Removal
3.A Cherokee Letter of Protest
4.Trail of Tears Map
|Oct. 20||EXAMINATION #3||
Lectures and Required
Readings: Oct. 2-18
|Week X||Oct. 23||A Woman's Place||Seneca Falls Declaration||Davidson, 12|
|Oct. 25||The Age of Reform||-------------||Davidson, 12|
John Brown I
|Week XI||Oct. 30||Slavery Attacked: Abolitionism||William Lloyd Garrison||
Constitution of the American Antislavery Society, 1833
The Identity of the Old South:
The Peculiar Institution
LAST DAY TO
| Davidson, 13
2.Runaway Reward Notice (1835)
1.Slave Narratives-- UNC
2.David Walker's Appeal, 1829
3. Frederick Douglass: "The Meaning of July 4th",1852
MAKE-UP DAY DEC. 6
| Davidson, 13
George Fitzhugh on Slavery
|EXAMINATION #4||Lectures and Required Readings: Oct. 23-Nov. 6||--------------|
The Missouri Crisis
|Map of the Missouri Compromise||Davidson, 10|
|Week XIII||Nov. 13||
Nullification (From "The Defects of the Confederation" through "I consider then;" from "On such expositions" through "because it would be a solecism.")
The Annexation of Texas and the War against Mexico
JUST 3 WEEKS TO MAKE-UP DAY DEC. 6th
|Map of the Texas Republic|| Davidson, 14
1.The Inaugural Address of
James K. Polk
2.The Annexation of Texas
The Slavery Extension Issue and the Election of 1848
|The Wilmot Proviso||
|Week XIV||Nov. 20||Compromise and Chaos||
Compromise of 1850
2.John C. Calhoun on the Compromise of 1850
3.The Crisis of 1850 (cartoon)
The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850
|Nov. 22||-----------------||-----NO CLASS----- THANKSGIVING||-------------|
|Week XV||Nov. 27||
The Birth of the Republican Party
JUST 1 WEEK TO- --MAKE-UP DAY--DEC. 6th 121 Science Hall
1.The Republican Platform of 1856
2.Charles Sumner's Canning, (painting)
3.Charles Sumner on Kansas
Road to Disunion: Dred Scott &
1.The Dred Scott
2.Lincoln's House Divided Speech
3.The Irrepressible Conflict, William Seward, 1858
|Dec. 1||John Brown II||---------------||------------------|
|Week XVI||Dec. 4||John Brown's Raid & The Election of Abraham Lincoln||
Brown in Court
2.The Republican Platform of 1860
| Davidson, 15
The Southern Insurrection & The War for the Union
MAKE-UP ALL EXAMS -
*--*--*--*-1PM-6PM!! 121 Science Hall
Charleston Mercury, Feb. 28, 1860
2.The Texas Ordinance of Secession
3.Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
SIGNATURE ASSIGNMENT TO BE COLLECTED (see below for desciption)
| Davidson, 15
Platform of 1860
Platform of 1860
3.N.Y. Legislature on Secession, Jan., 1861
4.Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address
5.Abraham Lincoln's Abraham First Inauguration (photograph)
6.Songs of the Civil War
Lectures and Required Readings: Nov. 10-Dec. 6
SECTION 3 (MWF
MONDAY---DECEMBER 11---8AM-10:30AM 116UH
SECTION 4 (MWF 11-11:50)
WEDNESDAY--DECEMBER 13--11AM-1:30PM 116UH
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Regular attendance is STRONGLY recommended. Though regular attendance does not guarantee success in the class, STUDENTS CANNOT DO WELL WITHOUT ATTENDING EVERY LECTURE. Students who miss a class meeting should get notes for the class they miss from a fellow student. If they have any questions about the notes they receive, they should feel free to ask for clarification from the professor. The professor cannot give out class notes.
CLASS NOTES, LECTURE OUTLINES, GRADES, AND POWERPOINT SHOWS
ARE NOT POSTED ON THE WEB OR ON "BLACKBOARD."
Four examinations will be given during the semester. They will each consist of 33 multiple choice questions and will cover the lectures and the required reading. Each examination will test knowledge of the material presented in the period immediately preceding the date of the exam.
IN ORDER TO PASS THE CLASS, STUDENTS MUST TAKE EACH OF THE EXAMINATIONS. IF THEY PRESENT A VALID EXCUSE FOR MISSING AN EXAMINATION, THEY MUST MAKE IT UP BY TAKING A "MAKE-UP" EXAM. "MAKE-UP" EXAMINATIONS WILL BE GIVEN ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6TH FROM 1PM TO 6PM IN ROOM 121 SCIENCE HALL. THIS IS THE ONLY TIME EXAMINATIONS CAN BE MADE UP. STUDENTS WHO MISS EXAMINATIONS MUST PLAN TO TAKE "MAKE-UPS" AT THIS TIME. MAKE-UP EXAMINATIONS WILL CONSIST OF ESSAY QUESTIONS. THEY WILL ONLY BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS WHO MISS EXAMS.
EXAMINATION GRADES ARE FINAL. EXAMINATIONS CANNOT BE RETAKEN, DROPED, OR "MADE-UP."
INCOMPLETES ARE NOT GIVEN IN THIS CLASS.
There will be a final examination. It will cover the lectures and the required reading since the last examination and will consist of 33 multiple choice questions. Questions for the final examination will be drawn from areas listed in a study guide that will be placed on the web one week before the final examination takes place.
IN ORDER TO PASS THE CLASS, STUDENTS MUST TAKE THE FINAL EXAMINATION.
INCOMPLETES ARE NOT GIVEN IN THIS CLASS.
Questions for the examinations, and
for the final examination, will be drawn
from areas listed in a study guide found on the course web page.
Areas covered in each lecture will be entered
in the study guide after each lecture takes place, ususally a few hours after
the lecture is given. Students may consult the sutdy guide after
the lecture to make sure that their notes to that day's lecture cover each area
listed and they may use the sutdy guide to prepare for the examinations and for
the final examination.
THE FOUR EXAMINATIONS AND THE FINAL EXAMINATION ARE REQUIRED. STUDENTS WHO DO NOT COMPLETE ALL OF THESE REQUIREMENTS WILL NOT PASS THE CLASS.
INCOMPLETES ARE NOT GIVEN IN THIS CLASS.
CREDIT IS GIVEN IN THIS CLASS.
Students are urged to devote all of their class work time to the lectures, the
required readings, and preparation for the exams.
The course grade will be computed as follows:
Four examinations - 20% each = 80%
Final examination = 20%
1. The Signature Assignment is a non-graded assignment. No class credit and no extra cerdit will be given for completing it.
It asks that you do the following:
In approximaely 3 typed pages, critically evaluate how the choices and actions of John Brown exhibited both personal and social responsibility, and how they reshaped society in the United States. You should base your essay on the John Brown film that was shown in class this semester.
2. On the last day of class the non-graded Signature Assignment will be collected. The assignment may also be turned in any time before the last class meeting, but not after.
3. The Signature Assigment is intended to demonstrate critical thinking skills and communication skills and you should focus on demonstrating these skills in your essay.
4. This non-graded assignment
is a requirement of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
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1) Course Description:
An introduction to the political,
social, economic, and cultural history of the United States prior to 1865. This
course is designed to help students understand and evaluate their society,
comprehend the historical experience, and further develop reading and writing
competencies and critical skills. The main emphasis of this course is on race
relations, sectional conflict, and the political and economic development of the
course makes extensive use of the internet.
All required assignments and most optional assignments are web-based.
Internet links give students direct access to a vast collection of
required and optional primary source materials in both graphic and text form.
2) Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to describe, identify, and explain the major trends and events in the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the United States prior to 1865.
3) Students are encouraged to contact the professor whenever they have questions either during office hours (open and appointment) or by email, however, email attachments cannot be opened. Due to budgetary constraints history faculty no longer have telephones in their offices.
4) Grades cannot be given out or discussed over the internet and they will not be posted on "Blackboard." However, students are welcome to ask the professor or teaching assistant before or after class, or during office hours, for their grades or their current class average. To find out the final exam grade, students may leave a stamped, self-addressed envelope or postcard with the GTAs at the final exam or in the professor's mail box in the History Department office, 202UH. Course grades can be discussed with the professor at the start of the following semester.
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7) LAPTOP COMPUTER USE OR THE USE OF I-PADS OR OTHER SUCH DEVICES IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
8) If you wish to audit the class, please first see the professor.
9) STUDENTS ARE URGED TO KEEP ALL OF THEIR EXAMINATIONS UNTIL COURSE GRADES ARE RECEIVED FROM THE REGISTRAR. Clerical errors cannot be identified and corrected without the evidence provided by these test papers.
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