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Blinn College • Distance Education • Social Science • History - HIST

United States History I HIST-1301

  • Spring 2014
  • Section SECTION_N03 CRN-22023
  • 3 Credits
  • 01/13/2014 to 05/06/2014
  • Modified 01/13/2014

Meeting Times

All assignments, quizzes, and exams will be completed online. There are no face-to-face or on-campus requirements for this course.

Contact Information

Professor: Thomas Born

Office Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Tuesday, Thursday, 1:30 PM to 3:30 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.


Students must be college ready in reading, by means of appropriate exemption score by TSI or alternative test; or by completing READ 0306, or READ 0307, or DIRW 0326, or ESOL 0325 with a C or better, or by completing READ 0208 or ESOL 0226 with a passing grade.

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.

Course Requirements

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

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

Discussions:  300-word (min.) analytical, online postings addressing issues from the readings; plus replies and rebuttals (100-word min.) to other students.

Analytical essays:  500-word (min.) formal writing assignments in which you will discuss historical issues and their relevance to the present.

Major exams:  multiple choice, true/false, and short-essay questions.

Participation:  Three requirements:  (1) complete all the assignments; (2) complete them on time; (3) have 0 “absences” and you will receive the entire 10%.  Anything less receives 0%.

All exams, quizzes and written assignments will be completed online, therefore it is your responsibility to have a reliable internet connection.  “I didn’t have a way to connect….” or “My service went down in the middle of my_____.....” will not be accepted as an excuse for missing a quiz or an exam or any other assignment.  You will be given a 0 for whatever you missed.



Major exam avg. (incl. final exam)


Discussion avg.


Analytical essay 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

Cellular telephones and beepers/pagers must be disengaged while the student is in the Blinn College Library or any classroom/lab, unless otherwise instructed. 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

The attendance policy stated above is obviously designed for traditional, on-campus classes. Here is how it will be applied in this course:

You must log in to this class and complete at least one assignment per week. Failure to do so in any given week will count as 1 week's absence. If it happens again, that will count as the 2nd  week's absence. The weeks in which a student fails to accomplish this do not have to be consecutive. Failure to access the class and complete an assignment for any two week period during the semester (consecutive or non-consecutive) will result in being withdrawn from the course.

Assignments will be posted for 4-10 days, depending on the type of activity.  Therefore, I don’t anticipate any make-ups being necessary. Any particularly unusual circumstances will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

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

Week of:

Class   Topics

Chapter   Quizzes

Discussions   & Essays

Jan. 13-19

Course and eCampus introduction

Ch. 1 & 2


Jan. 20-26

Europeans and the World

Ch. 1 & 2


Jan.   27-Feb. 2

British America

Ch. 3    


Feb. 3-9

American Colonial Society

Ch. 4    



EXAM I (available   Feb. 5-9)



Feb. 10-16

Colonial Rebellion

Ch. 5  


Feb. 17-23

Revolution and Republican Government

Ch. 6

Founders’   Hypocrisy?

Feb.   24-Mar. 2

National Growing Pains

Ch. 7

Original   Intent

Mar. 3-9

A Republican Culture

Ch. 8



EXAM   II (available Mar. 5-9)



Mar. 10-16




Mar. 17-23

Economic Transformations

Ch. 9


Mar. 24-30

Jacksonian Democracy

Ch. 10

Pursuit of   “Happiness”?

Mar.   31-Apr. 6

Religion and Reform

Ch. 11


Apr. 7-13

Expansion of slavery

Ch. 12

Illegal   Immigration


EXAM   III (available Apr. 9-13)



Apr. 14-20

Sectional Crises

Ch. 13


Apr. 21-27

Civil War

Ch. 14


Apr. 28-30


Ch. 15



FINAL   EXAM (available May. 1-6)