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Blinn College • Brenham • Social Science • History - HIST

United States History I HIST-1301

  • Fall 2013

  • Section SECTION_005 CRN-12348

  • 3 Credits

  • 08/26/2013 to 12/13/2013

  • Modified 08/22/2013

Meeting Times

MWF:  10:00 - 10:50 AM/Old Main Rm. 308

Contact Information

Professor: Thomas Born

Office: Old Main Rm. 403
Phone: 979-830-4247

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Tuesday, Thursday, 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM


A survey of United States history that begins with the migrations of people to the western hemisphere and continues through the Civil War and Reconstruction period. The course focuses on the periods of discovery, colonization, revolution, and nation building. Material presented covers a wide variety of topics encompassing social, cultural, intellectual, military and political history.


Prerequisites: Appropriate score on the THEA test or alternative test or completion of READ 0306 with a grade of C or better.

Core Curriculum Statement

This is a Core Course in the 42-Hour Core Curriculum of Blinn College. As such, students will develop proficiency in the appropriate Intellectual Competencies, Exemplary Educational Objectives, and Perspectives.


Create an argument through the use of historical evidence.

Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources.

Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural and global forces on this period of United States history.


Required texts:
Henretta, James A., et. al. America's History. 7th edition. Vol. 1: To 1877. Bedford/St. Martin's.

Yazawa, Melvin. Documents for America's History. 7th edition. Vol. 1: To 1877. Bedford/St. Martin's.

Any other required readings will be posted online, reserved in the library, or provided to you in class.

Three (3) Scantron "Mini Essay Books"
Materials/technology for your preferred method of taking notes

Course Requirements

Your grades in this class will come from quizzes over assigned readings, online discussions, major exams, and participation.

Quizzes are short:  10 multiple-choice and true/false questions.

Discussions are 300-word (min.) analytical, online postings that address pertinent topics from lecture and assigned readings; plus replies and rebuttals (100-word min.) to other students.

Major exams are a combination of any or all of the following: multiple-choice, true/false, map ID, short-answer, essay. Questions will come from in-class lecture material. 

Participation is primarily based on your professionalism in class and on assignments. If you are an openly disinterested multi-tasking slacker – defiant, sleepy-headed, and underachieving – this grade will suffer. However, if you are in class and on-time, take care of business outside of class, and try at least as hard as I do, you will receive full participation credit.



Major exam avg. (incl. final exam)


Discussion avg.


Quiz avg.







Grading scale:  A: > 90%; B: 80-89%; C: 70-79%; D: 60-69%; F: < 59%

Blinn College Policies

Blinn College policies on civility, class attendance; scholastic integrity; students with disabilities; final grade appeals; and electronic devices as stated in the Blinn College Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook, Blinn College Catalog and specific technical program handbooks. All policies, guidelines and procedures in the Student and Faculty Handbook and the Board and Administrative Policy Manuals are applicable to this course

Civility Statement

Members of the Blinn College community, which includes faculty, staff and students, are expected to act honestly and responsibly in all aspects of campus life. Blinn College holds all members accountable for their actions and words. Therefore, all members should commit themselves to behave in a manner that recognizes personal respect and demonstrates concern for the personal dignity, rights, and freedoms of every member of the College community, including respect for College property and the physical and intellectual property of others.

      Civility Notification Statement. If a student is asked to leave the classroom because of uncivil behavior, the student may not return to that class until he or she arranges a conference with the instructor; it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for this conference. 

      This statement reflects step one in a possible four step process.  The Incivility Protocol is detailed in the Blinn College Student Handbook.

Attendance Policy

The College District believes that class attendance is essential for student success; therefore, students are required to promptly and regularly attend all their classes. A record of attendance will be maintained from the first day of classes and/or the first day the student’s name appears on the roster through final examinations. If a student has one week’s worth of unexcused absences during the semester, he or she will be sent an e-mail by the College District requiring the student to contact his or her instructor and schedule a conference immediately to discuss his/her attendance issues. Should the student accumulate two weeks’ worth of unexcused absences, he or she will be administratively withdrawn from class.

There are four forms of excused absences recognized by the institution:

  1. observance of religious holy days—The student should notify his or her instructor(s) not later than the 15th day of the semester concerning the specific date(s) that the student will be absent for any religious holy day(s);
  2. representing the College District at an official institutional function;
  3. high school dual credit students representing the independent school district at an official institutional function; and
  4. military service.

Other absences may be considered excused at the discretion of the faculty member with appropriate documentation.  A student enrolled in a developmental course is subject to College District-mandated attendance policies. Failure to attend developmental classes shall result in removal from the course as defined by the College District.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class he or she is no longer attending.  To officially drop a class the student must obtain the class withdrawal form from Enrollment Services, complete the class withdrawal form, secure the required signatures, and return the completed form to Enrollment Services. The last day to drop with a Q is according to the Academic Calendar.

Scholastic Integrity

Blinn College does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or any other act of dishonesty with regard to the course in which you are enrolled.  The following text defines the faculty member’s responsibility with regard to the scholastic integrity expectation for this and all courses at Blinn College.

It is the responsibility of faculty members to maintain scholastic integrity at the College District by refusing to tolerate any form of scholastic dishonesty.  Adequate control of test materials, strict supervision during testing, and other preventive measures should be utilized, as necessary, to prevent cheating or plagiarism.  If there is compelling evidence that a student is involved in cheating or plagiarism, the instructor should assume responsibility and address the infraction.  Likewise, any student accused of scholastic dishonesty is entitled to due process as outlined in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).  The Scholastic Integrity Policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook. In a case of scholastic dishonesty, it is critical that written documentation be maintained at each level throughout the process.

Students with Disabilities

Blinn College is dedicated to providing the least restrictive learning environment for all students. Support services for students with documented disabilities are provided on an individual basis, upon request. Requests for services should be made directly to the Office of Special Populations serving the campus of your choice.  For the Bryan campus, the Office of Special Populations (Administration Building) can be reached at (979)209-7251.  The Brenham, Sealy and Schulenburg campuses are served by the Office of Special Populations on the Brenham campus (Administration Building Room 104) and can be reached at (979)830-4157.  Additional information can be found at

Final Grade Appeal

If a student wishes to appeal a final grade in a course, Blinn College Board Policy FLDB (Local), Course Grade Complaints, outlines the timeline for the appeal and the four steps in the appeal.  This policy is located in the Blinn College Student Handbook.

Electronic Devices

All the functions of all personal electronic devices designed for communication and/or entertainment (cell phones, pagers, beepers, iPods, and similar devices) must be turned off and kept out of sight in all College District classrooms and associated laboratories.  Any noncompliance with this policy shall be addressed in accordance with the College District civility policy (administrative policy).  This information is contained in Blinn College Board Policy FLB (Local).

Course Policies

I am generally fairly lenient when it comes to absences since there are legitimate reasons for missing class other than the official excuses listed above. Sickness, personal issues, tragedies, etc. happen to all of us and I would not expect you to attend under adverse circumstances. What I need from you, however, is communication. As long as you let me know promptly why you were absent, I will most likely excuse it. But if you just "disappear" for a few classes, expect to be dropped.

Let me answer two questions in advance:  If you are absent, “Yes, you missed something,” and “Yes, it will be on the exam.”

If you miss class for an officially excused absence, you will be given the opportunity to make up any assignment, exam, etc. I will evaluate any other requests on a case-by-case basis. Be aware that I am not particularly lenient if your absence was not "official."

Extra Credit
None. This course is the real world and there is no extra credit in life. Let's be honest with ourselves. If you don't have the time to do your best on the requirements, when are you going to find time to do something extra?



Tentative Calendar of Topics and Assignments

Class Dates

Class Topics

Quickie Quizzes


Aug. 26

Course introduction



Aug. 28, 30

History – really…?



Sept. 4, 6

Europeans arrive

      Sept. 6

  Analytical post: Sept. 8

Sept. 9, 11, 13

Get rich – Settling the Chesapeake

      Sept. 13

  Replies/rebuttals: Sept. 13

Sept. 16, 18, 20

Get holy – Settling New England

      Sept. 20


Sept. 23, 25, 27

The rest of the colonies

      Sept. 27






Oct. 2, 4

Are we English or American?



Oct. 7, 9, 11

Ideologically American

      Oct. 11

Founders’ Hypocrisy?

Oct. 14, 16, 18

Rebellion and revolution

      Oct. 18

  Analytical post: Oct. 20

Oct. 21, 23, 25

Republican experiments

      Oct. 25

  Replies/rebuttals: Oct. 25

Oct. 28, 30

Constitutional growing pains







Nov. 4, 6, 8

Jeffersonian America

      Nov. 8

Pursuit of “Happiness”?

Nov. 11, 13, 15

Transformations – truly American

      Nov. 15

  Analytical post: Nov. 17

Nov. 18, 20, 22

Manifest Destiny and crisis after crisis

      Nov. 22

  Replies/rebuttals: Nov. 22

Nov. 25

No more compromise



Dec. 2, 4, 6, 9

Civil War and Reconstruction

      Dec. 6



FINAL EXAM – See posted schedule