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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Eliza Homenick on Saturday September 12, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to Pol Sci 21A at University of California - Irvine taught by Martin Wattenberg in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 77 views. For similar materials see /class/201890/pol-sci-21a-university-of-california-irvine in Political Science at University of California - Irvine.

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Date Created: 09/12/15
History 40A7America 14921790 Fall Quarter 2011 Professor S Salinger EMail salingeruciedu Of ce Hours Tuesday 11noon or for appt dmmendoz ucicdu Office 611B Aldrich Hall In 2008 the United States elected its rst AfricanAmerican president This course is devoted to understanding the magnitude of this event within the history of our nation The class focuses the 1500s to the 1790s a period that utterly transformed the geographical space we now call the United States Europeans invaded a continent already inhabited by 45 million Native Americans We will study the combustible mixing of three cultural groupsiIndian European and Africaniin these early centuries and trace their in uences on the formation of a single country that emerged in 1776 a country that came to dominate the continent Our largest focus will be on the making of race and the resulting oftencontested nature of politics who had power who was left out how was power exercised and to what ends We will close the class with a discussion and analysis of the Constitutionia document that embodied the high ideals of the youthful nation about democracy liberty and a free market economy but also institutionalized the prejudices against particular groups that had now been fully formed The course has ve components lectures discussion sections readings exam and papers No one of these parts can by itself convey the full meaning of the course You are the only person who will be doing all of these things at the same time listening to and participating in lectures reading articles and primary sources discussing the readings and lectures in sections taking quizzes in sections taking an exam and writing papers Your task is to integrate the parts of the course so that you can develop your own viewpoints on the origins of American society Students are expected to attend lectures and weekly onehour mandatory discussion section meetings conducted by the Teaching Assistants READING The assigned reading is indispensable to your understanding of the course and includes material not covered elsewhere Remember that the best readers are not passive merely accepting what the author asserts Instead they interact with the material by bringing something to the reading questions to be answered or tentative viewpoints to be con rmed modi ed or discarded The discussion sections will give you an opportunity to talk about your reactions to the readings and to re ne your point of view through group discussion Required reading John Murrin etal Liberty Equality Power39A History ofthe American People Vol I To 1877 Concise Edition ISBN13 9780495903826 referred to in the weekly assignments as LEP Liberty Equality Power is available in the UCI Bookstore You may also purchase individual chapters highly recommended since this class will read only through Chapter 7 of 17 To order the chapters on ine Cengagebraincom Where it says Find Your Textbook or Materials type in this ISBN 0495903825 Chapters will cost 399 each and should be printed In addition primary documents articles and book chapters are embedded within the weekly schedule It is expected that you will come to lecture or if your discussion meets before the Tuesday class to your discussion section having read the assigned material for that week LECTURES The lectures are designed to supplement not replace or duplicate the assigned readings Lectures assume you have read the material for the week They will often raise questions not included in the reading or suggest alternative interpretations Lectures represent the viewpoint of the lecturer and are no more de nitive than are the materials you are reading If questions arise during lecture PLEASE ASK Participation in lecture is required using iClickers To register your clicker Go to iclickercom Click on Registration Use your 8 digit UCI ID along with the unique clicker number located on the back sticker PAPERS Two short papers 34 doublespaced typed pages are required Each paper has a speci c assignment based on your interpretation of readings and lectures The rst paper is due Friday October 21 no later than 5PM in your TA s electronic drop box the second Friday November 18 by 5PM in your TA s electronic drop box The purpose of these papers is to provide you with an opportunity to formulate your ideas on historical questions and to increase your facility in expressing these ideas in written form Please do not turn in rough drafts For the rst paper assignment if your paper is lled with grammatical and or spelling errors it will be returned to you for a rewrite and your grade reduced by one level For the second paper assignment no rewrite option will be granted LATE PAPERS ARE SUBJECT TO PENALTY Ifyou cannot submit your paper on time you must request an extension from your Teaching Assistant well in advance of the due date Extensions will be granted only for extenuating circumstances that can be documented like illness or some unforeseen emergency Always keep a com of your papers in order to avoid problems stemming from lost mislaid or misdelivered papers You will not be graded on your point of view or to put it differently the direction of your argument What matters most is your ability to construct a logical and analytical argument and to summon and organize information to support your point of view Plagiarism or any other form of academic dishonestV will result in a 0 for the assignment Ifyou are unsure what constitutes academic dishonesty consult the Student Code of Conduct andor talk with your teaching assistant or the instructor EXAMS An inclass midterm exam will consist of short answer IDs and essay questions We will post study guides to the class website that will include IDs and essay questions The exam will come directly from the study guides and you will be given a choice For example the midterm may have 8 IDs and two essay questions you may be asked to write on 5 IDs and one essay Bring only a pen no pencil for the exams we will supply the Blue Books The Final Exam will be a take home due on the day of the scheduled nal exam for the course DISCUSSION SECTIONS Discussion sections are vital to the course Here is where you will have the opportunity to exchange your ideas and interpretations with your fellow students and your discussion leader and to integrate the reading and lecture with your own thoughts Your section leader has primary responsibility for grading your papers and quizzes and for explaining the terms of the papers regular attendance is expected Final course grades will be lowered with absences from section You should come to the weekly section meeting having completed the assigned reading prepared with questions and ready to discuss the reading critically and in detail Section leaders will hold regular office hours EVALUATION S AND GRADING Grades will be assigned on the following formula Paper 1 10 Paper 2 10 Lecture 10 participation clickers midterm 20 Final 30 Section 20 attendanceparticipation Incomplete grades will be awarded only after discussion with your Teaching Assistant and based upon extenuating circumstances Your work will be evaluated and graded by the Teaching Assistants You are encouraged to discuss your papers questions or concerns with them LEARNING OUTCOMES after completing History 40A students should be able to Explain the magnitude of the US electing its rst AfricanAmerican president in the context of the nation s history Describe the quotcombustiblequot mixing of three cultural groups71ndian European and Africanias it relates to European colonization and the formation of a nationstate Deconstruct the origins of race and the nature of politics during the formative period of the US and the resulting tensions between racial and constitutional ideology Construct a written argument that employs logic analysis and evidence to arrive at a wellde ned point of view A Weeklv Topics and Reading Non weekiSeptember 22 Introduction and explanation of all things important Week 1 September 27 amp 29The Old World meets the New World Reading LEP Chap 1 James Horn A Kingdom Strange A Briefanal Tragic History ofthe Lost Colony of Roanoke Ch 2 Week 2 October 4 amp 6 Virginia Dream and Reality Reading LEP Chap 2 pages 3149 Emily Rose Richard Frethome s Letter Home Envisioning an English Empire ed Robert Appelbaum and John Sweet Indentured Servant Richard Frethome Laments His Condition in Virginia 1623 Captain John Smith Analyzes the Human Scene Both England and Indian in Early Jamestown 1624 George Alsop Argues that Servants in Maryland Have a Good Deal 1666 Robert Beverley Points Out the Bene ts of Servitude 1705 Week 3 October 11 amp l3New England City Upon a Hill and What goes Wrong Reading LEP Chap 2 pages 4964 David Hall A Reforming People Puritanism and the Transformation ofPublic Life in New England chapters 1 amp 3 William Bradford Governor of Plymouth Colony Mourns a Wickedness that Breaks Forth Mary Rowlandson A New England Woman Recounts Her Experience of Captivity and Escape from the Wampanoag During King Philip s War 1675 The Reverend Thomas Hooker Warns of England s Impending Punishment by God 163 l Colonist John Pond Writes to His Mother and Father for Help 1631 Week 4 October 18 amp 207Puritans and Indians Witches Reading LEP Chap 3 Walter Woodward Prospero s America ch 6 amp 7 Massachusetts Officials Describe the Outbreak of Witchcraft in Salem 1692 Increase Mather Describes the Proofs of Witchcraft 1684 The Court Examines Rebecca Nurse and Takes Testimony from Her and her Friends Salem 1692


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