COURSE SYLLABUS
Valencia College
Spring 2018
AMH 2010 United States History to 1877
CRN 25738
TTH 10 – 11:15 am
Classroom 2-232
Ron Ziegler
Contact Information:
ronaldgordonziegler@yahoo.com
321-805-2507

Attendance Policy: Class attendance is required beginning with the first day of class.
Class attendance is critical to success in this course. Attendance is taken at the conclusion of each class.

Text: The textbook is required and you will need it immediately!
The textbook being used for this course is Eric Foner’s GIVE ME LBERTY! ,
Brief Fifth Edition, WW Norton, 2017, ISBN 978-0-393-60339-2.
We will NOT be using any of the publisher’s on-line content.
You may buy your book on-line or from the campus bookstore.
Wherever you get your book, it is important that you get it immediately.

Course Description: This course is a survey of early United States history emphasizing
political, social, and economic developments.
The course examines such topics as colonization, mercantilism, slavery,
American Revolution, U. S. Constitution, War of 1812, Manifest Destiny,
emancipation movement, Civil War, and Reconstruction.
This is a 3-credit hour course.

Course Prerequisites: None

Course Objectives: This course is designed to accomplish the following objectives.
• Students will be able to recall the principal persons, places, and events from the chronological framework of this course.
• Students will be able to synthesize the thematic historical influences that shaped the early history of the United States.
• Students will be able to explain the impact of the individual, regardless of societal rank, as participants in the making of history.
• Students will be able to access the role that diversity plays in the shaping of the early history of the United States.
• Students will be able to detect the lessons, patterns or characteristics from historical events to better understand present day happenings.
• Students will be able to interpret historical events by using appropriate historical methods.

Major Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will be able to recall the principal persons, places, and events from the chronological framework of this course.
2. Students will be able to synthesize the thematic historical influences that shaped the early history of the United States.
3. Students will be able to explain the impact of the individual, regardless of societal rank, as participants in the making of history.
4. Students will be able to assess the role that diversity plays in the shaping of the early history of the United States.
5. Students will be able to detect the lessons, patterns or characteristics from historical events to better understand present day happenings
6. Students will be able to interpret historical events by using appropriate historical methods.

Valencia’s Student Core Competencies are complex abilities that are essential to lifelong success.
This course seeks to reinforce the following:
This course will help you develop and demonstrate the abilities to:
(1) think clearly, critically, and creatively;
(2) communicate with others verbally and in written form;
(3) make reasoned value judgments and responsible commitments; and
(4) act purposefully, reflectively, and responsibly. Due to the nature of these global competencies, many problems activities will be presented in the context of an application.
These applications will require students to select appropriate information from the problem and communicate effectively
how to arrive at an appropriate solution for the problem.
Students are expected to come to class prepared to engage in discussion.
In order to fulfill this requirement, students are expected to prepare for class by reading the text,
and completing any research and/or written work assignments.
In the course of classroom discussions, the professor will take the liberty to call upon students for a response.
To avoid possible embarrassment, come to class prepared to participate.

Important Course and College Dates (Spring 2018)
​· January 8: Classes begin
· January 15: College closed
· January 16: Drop/Refund deadline (midnight)
· January 26: Change of Program deadline
· February 9: VC Learning Day (no classes)
· February 20: Summer registration begins
· March 3: Half-way through the semester!
· March 12-18: Spring Break (no classes)
· March 30: Withdrawal deadline
· April 20: Last day of classes
· April 23: Final exam week begins​
· April 30: Grades due


SCHEDULE OF WORK

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MODULE ONE
Tues 1/9 Syllabus, Course Requirements, etc.
Thurs 1/11 read Chapter 1
Tues 1/16 Library
view Great Global Warming Swindle on line and turn in 500 word comment on it
with first two exams at end of Feb.
Thurs 1/18 read Chapter 2
Read Forked Tongue
Tues 1/23 read Chapter 3
Read "What is an American?" By De Crevoceur
Go Here
and submit 500 word comment with midterm
Thurs 1/25 read chapter 4
Tues 1/30 Roots part 1 – viewed in class – submit 500 word commentary about it
with exams 1 and 2, March 1)

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace–
but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears
the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field!
Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have?
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?
Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me,
give me liberty or give me death!

Patrick Henry

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MODULE TWO
2/1 read Chapter 5
2/6 Declaration of Independence
2/8 read Chapter 6
2/13 view "America, the Movie" in class -- turn in 500 word comment on it
with first two exams at end of Feb.
2/15 read Chapter 7
2/20
2/22 read Chapter 8
2/27

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. —
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men,
deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
— That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends,
it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,
laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form,
as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established
should not be changed for light and transient causes;
and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer,
while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object
evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty,
to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Declaration of Independence

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MODULE THREE
3/1 Exam # 1 and 2 are due/emailed to instructor yahoo together with first two article and film reviews
3/6 read Chapter 9
3/8
3/13 – Spring Break
3/15 – Spring Break
3/20 read Chapter 10
3/22 view film – Trail of Tears in class
and submit 500 word commentary about it with exams 3 and 4 by end of term)
3/27 read Chapter 11
3/29 read Chapter 12

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity,
religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism,
who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness,
these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.
The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them.
A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity.
Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life,
if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are
the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge
the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.
Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure,
reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality
can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

Farewell Address of George Washington

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MODULE FOUR
4/3 read Chapter 13
4/5
4/10 read Chapter 14
4/12 view film- Lincoln documentary in class – write 500 word commentary about it
to submit with exams 3 and 4 by April 26)
4/17
4/19 read Chapter 15
4/26 Exam # 3 and 4 are due/emailed to instructor yahoo together
with article and film reviews 3 and 4

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent,
a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation,
or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
We are met on a great battle-field of that war.
We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those
who here gave their lives that that nation might live.
It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate -- we cannot consecrate --
we cannot hallow -- this ground.
The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it,
far above our poor power to add or detract.
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here,
but it can never forget what they did here.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work
which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us --
that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause
for which they gave the last full measure of devotion --
that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain --
that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government
of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln

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Grading There are seven grading instruments for this course, each counted equally
Your final grade in the class will be an average of the six grades
All work will be submitted to instructor’s yahoo email
ronaldgordonziegler@yahoo.com

Exam # 1
Exam # 2
Exam # 3
Exam # 4
Five Article Reviews – submitted with each exam
de Crevoceur, William and Mary Review, Journal of Early American Republic,
Journal of Negro History, Journal of American History
Five Film Reviews - submitted with each exam
Roots part 1, Global Warming, America the Movie, Trail of Tears, Lincoln documentary
Participation

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Module 1 - Jan 2018
First Exam – Due Feb 28
Exam 1
Select an article from the Journal of the Early American Republic in the data
base and write a 500 word critical review it to turn in with exams 1 and 2 along with Roots and Global Warming films, and de Crevoceur article reviews.

Module 2 – Feb 2018
Second Exam – Due Feb 28
Exam 2
It is submitted with 500 word America, the Movie review
and two article reviews


Select an article from the Journal of the William and Mary Quarterly in data base
and write a 500 word critical review it to turn in with exams 1 and 2 along with America and Great Global Warming Swindle film reviews.

Module 3 – March 2018
Third Exam – Due April 27
Exam 3
Select an article from the Journal of Negro History in the data base
and write a 500 word critical review it to turn in with exams 3 and 4
along with Trail of Tears film review

Module 4 – April 2018
Fourth Exam – Due April 27
Exam 4
Select an article from the Journal of American History in the data base
and write a 500 word critical review it to turn in with exams 3 and 4
along with Lincoln film review and two article reviews

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WHAT YOU WILL BE SUBMITTING TO INSTRUCTOR

Module 1 - completed Jan 2018
submitted March 2 2018

Exam 1
Read and write 500 word review one of these three articles from Journal of Early American Republic to submit
with exam 1,
de Crevocour article
and Global Warming film review
along with Roots film review –



Module 2 – Feb 2018
Second Exam – Due March 2
Exam 2
Select an article about American History to 1877 from the William and Mary Quarterly in data base
and write a 500 word critical review it to turn in with exam 2
along with America the Movie
and Great Global Warming Swindle film reviews.

Module 3 – March 2018
Third Exam – Due April 27
Exam 3
Select an article about American History to 1877 from the Journal of Negro History in the data base
and write a 500 word critical review it to turn in
with exam 3
along with Trail of Tears
and Lincoln documentary film review

Module 4 – April 2018
Fourth Exam – Due April 27
Exam 4
Select an article from the Journal of American History in the data base
and write a 500 word critical review it to turn in
with exam 4
along with Lincoln film review

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Classroom Courtesy and Student Code of Conduct:
Valencia College is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and learning,
but is also concerned with the development of responsible personal and social conduct.
By enrolling in Valencia College, a student assumes the responsibility for becoming familiar with and abiding by the general rules of conduct.
The primary responsibility for managing the on-line classroom environment rests with the professor.
Students who engage in any prohibited, unlawful, or disrespectful acts which result in disruption of an on-line class will be addressed by the professor.
Violation of any of Valencia College’s policies/procedures or on-line classroom rules may lead to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the College.
Disciplinary action from the College could include being withdrawn from the class,
disciplinary warning, probation, suspension, expulsion, or other appropriate and authorized actions.
So, act maturely; treating others with respect, verbally and online.
Valencia’s Student Code of Conduct is in the current Student Handbook or at
http://valenciacollege.edu/generalcounsel/policy/default.cfm?policyID=180&volumeID_1=88&navst=0

Electronic Devices in the Classroom:
Laptops, i-pads, Androids, and smart phones are allowed and encouraged in this class.
However, their sole purpose is for taking notes and doing directed research for this class.
During class time, electronic devices are not to be used for any other purpose including, but not limited to:
surfing the web, sending, retrieving, or reading e-mails, and texting, tweeting, preparing for other classes, or playing games.
Valencia ID Cards:
Valencia ID cards are required for the use of certain services on campus, include, but not limited it the Library and the Testing Center.
No other form of ID will be accepted at those locations unless you are a dual-enrolled student.
Valencia ID cards can be obtained in the Security Office which is located in building 5on the East Campus.

Internet Research Statement:
Because of the variety of sources, ease of publication, lack of central control and proliferation of commercial information on the free internet,
it is often hard to tell if information is reliable. Many sites contain research and information of high quality.
However, unlike traditional print publications or library-based electronic resources,
there is usually no process of peer review, nor is there an editor verifying the accuracy of information presented on the Internet.
There are an increasing number of sites containing information that may be incomplete, anonymously written,
out-of-date, biased, fraudulent, or whose content may not be factual (such as Wikipedia and blogs).
Students should, therefore, use caution in the use of the free Internet for their research needs.
For academic topics that are addressed in scholarly literature, using electronic databases (such as ABC-CLIO and EBSCO)
or visiting the library may better meet your needs. However, each professor makes the final determination of what is or is not accepted as a valid source.
See this Valencia College tutorial for more information.

Refer to the “Academic Sources” and “Citing Your Sources” PowerPoints – posted in Blackboard –
for guidelines on recognizing and using on-line, academic sources and for guidelines in citing your sources for this course.
However, nothing involving this class will utilize blackboard.

Academic Honesty: All forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited at Valencia College.
Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: plagiarism (turning in written work that you took, word for word, from another source and presenting such work is your own),
cheating, furnishing false information, forgery, alteration or misuse of documents,
misconduct during a testing situation, and misuse of identification with intent to defraud or deceive.

Plagiarism is often misunderstood. For the purposes of this class, plagiarism is defined as: turning in written work
that contains undocumented material from another source and pretending such work is your own.
Cutting and pasting portions of material from on-line sources can be considered plagiarism – including improperly cited websites.
To avoid plagiarism, always include proper citations for your sources. Refer to the PowerPoint “Citing Sources”

All work submitted by students in this class is expected to be the result of the students’ individual thoughts, research, and self-expression.
Whenever a student uses ideas, wording, or organization from another source, the source shall be appropriately acknowledged.
Students found plagiarizing on graded coursework will receive a “0” for the assignment.
Other sanctions available to the professor should a violation occur are described in the Valencia Student Handbook.

College Withdrawal Procedure:
A student enrolled in a full-term class is permitted to withdraw from a course on or before the withdrawal deadline of Friday, March 31 as published in the College calendar.
A student is not permitted to withdraw from a class after the withdrawal deadline.
A student who withdraws from class before the established deadline for a particular term will receive a grade of “W.”
I will NOT withdraw a student from my class under any circumstances – other than in accordance with the college’s No-show Policy and my attendance policy.
Any student who withdraws or is withdrawn from a class during a third or subsequent attempt in the same course will be assigned a grade of “F.”

“No Show” Status: Students who do not attend and participate in class by Tuesday, January 17
will be withdrawn from class as a “no-show.” If you are withdrawn as a “no show,”
you will be financially responsible for the class and a “W” will appear on your transcript for the course.

Student Wellness Information:
Valencia College is interested in making sure all our students have a rewarding and successful college experience.
To that purpose, Valencia students can get immediate help with issues dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties,
substance abuse, time management as well as relationship problems dealing with school,
home or work. BayCare Behavioral Health Student Assistance Program (SAP)
services are free to all Valencia students and available 24 hours a day by calling (800) 878-5470.
Free face-to-face counseling is also available.

Accommodations for students with disabilities:
Students with disabilities who qualify for academic accommodations must provide a Notification to Instructor (NTI) form
from the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) and discuss specific needs with the professor,
preferably during the first week of class.
The Office for Students with Disabilities determines accommodations based on appropriate documentation of disabilities.

Guidelines for Written Work:
All written work submitted to the professor must meet the following guidelines in addition to collegiate standards for grammar and spelling.
All work must be typed.
When submitting work electronically, it must be saved in a .doc format.
Always cite your sources! Use in-text citations.
Citations are required, even if you are paraphrasing or if the only source you use is the course textbook.
Do NOT use MLA format for your citations or Works Cited

Disclaimer Statement: Changes in the syllabus and/or schedule may be made by the professor at any time
during the course and will be announced in class. It is your responsibility to stay informed of any changes.

Module 1 - Jan 2018
First Exam – Due Feb 28
http://ejournalofpoliticalscience.org/earlyamericanhistoryexam1.html
Module 2 – Feb 2018
Second Exam – Due Feb 28
http://ejournalofpoliticalscience.org/earlyamericanhistoryexam2.html
Module 3 – March 2018
Third Exam – Due April 26
http://ejournalofpoliticalscience.org/earlyamericanhistoryexam3.html
Module 4 – Module 2018
Fourth Exam – Due April 26
http://ejournalofpoliticalscience.org/earlyamericanhistoryexam4.html

I will not be posting any work on Blackboard.
All of your assignments outside of class are presented in this syllabus,
and all work is submitted to instructor’s email at ronaldgordonziegler@yahoo.com

COURSE CLASSROOM POLICIES

Attendance
“The college believes that regular attendance and class participation are significant factors which promote success in college.
Students are expected to attend all classes in which they are enrolled (Policy 6Hx28:10-22).
Each instructor determines the specific attendance policy for his/her class, but attendance must be recorded for each student.”

You may be excused in exceptional circumstances;
however, the student remains responsible for any work missed during an absence for any cause.
If absences jeopardize progress in the course,
I may drop the student from the class as an "F" or "W" at my discretion.

Withdrawal from Class and Non-Attendance/Non-Participation
There is an official withdrawal deadline for the full term.
If you withdraw before or on this date, you will receive a “W.”
If you do not withdraw by this date, you are obligated to complete the course and you will be assigned the grade you earn.
Students are encouraged to drop the course during the “drop/refund” period (first week of classes)
if they do not intend to stay in the course so that they may receive a refund.
If you wait until the withdrawal “No Show” period to begin, you will not get a refund.

If a student does not regularly participate in the class activities,
the instructor may withdraw the student from the class and assign a "W" grade before the drop date.
Also note that students on Bright Futures scholarship who withdraw or are withdrawn from a class
must pay the college for the cost of the class (because the college must refund that cost to the State).

Special Needs
Students with physical or mental disabilities who may require accommodations are encouraged to contact
the Office for Students with Disabilities (http://valenciacollege.edu/osd/).
Students with learning disabilities who may require accommodations are encouraged to contact this office as well.
After disclosing, students are urged to discuss their needs with individual instructors.
This should be done at the beginning of each semester.
Instructors in conjunction with appropriate college officials will provide assistance
and/or accommodations only to those students who have completed this process.

Class Cancellation
If a class is cancelled, all assignments, due dates, and material will be pushed back one class period.

Contacting Instructor
You may contact the instructor through email at RonaldGordonZiegler@yahoo.com
or by calling/texting at 321-805-2507 (cell).
You may leave a voice mail.
If necessary, I will contact you as necessary.
If you have to miss a class, it is advisable that you contact the instructor
with that information beforehand.

About Your Instructor

Ron Ziegler taught high school in Detroit, Michigan from 1967 until his retirement in 1999.
During those years, he also taught adult education classes with the Cass Outreach program,
and Kettering, and Hazel Park.
Since 1987, he has taught political science, history, and economics
at Detroit College of Business/Davenport College, Wayne State University, and Valencia College.
He earned his Bachelors degree in education and political science from Wayne State University
in Detroit in 1968, where he also was awarded a Masters degree in political science in 1980.
He completed work on his PhD in political science and history there as well.