HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES I (HS213)
Three Semester Hours
AB/LC MWF 10:00-10:50 am (CT)
Welcoming people of all faiths,
excellence and, in the Catholic tradition, the development of the whole person.
Instructor: Dr. Brad Tennant, Associate Professor, Department of Arts & Sciences
Office Hours: C333
MWF 7:00-8:45 am, 11:00-11:50 am;
TR 7:00-11:50 am (or by appointment).
(605) 229-8577 or 1-800-437-6060 ext. 577
Text: The American Nation – A History of the United States (Twelfth Edition) by Mark C. Carnes & John A. Garraty. (Copies are on RESERVE in the library).
Writings of Cotton Mather
A Biography of Thomas Paine
History of the
1) To learn more about the social values of the American people in the past and the changes that occurred in American society over the years.
understand the geographic factors that contributed to the growth of the
3) To gain a broader understanding of the people and events that shaped United States history.
Although the course is largely lecture-based, it is hoped that the class size and paper topics will encourage active student participation. Lecture outlines will be posted on Blackboard and Dyknow.
Presentation College General Education Course Goal and Outcomes for HS213:
3. Culture and Social Heritage -
Graduates will develop a critical understanding of human cultures and their creative achievements.
Analyze historical events, ideas, and societies from a multi-cultural
Understand interrelationships of individuals and societies in their
Demonstrate understanding of the concepts and conversation common to a
particular humanities discipline.
3d. Critically analyze creative ideas and works in the humanities from a contextual perspective.
Assessment and Grading:
should be familiar with
Student assessment will be based on the following:
Three exams (50 points each) = 150
Two papers (30 points each) = 60
EXAMS will consist of ten identifications and one essay question. You will be given your choice of ten out of fifteen identifications and one of three essays.
10 IDs (4 points each) = 40 points
1 essay (10 points) = 10 points
PAPERS are to focus on the following topics:
Paper #1 – Puritanism in American Society
Paper #2 – Thomas Paine and Common Sense
I will provide you with a set of questions to help guide you through the readings and to assist you with your papers. The end products should be typed, double-spaced, and no longer than five pages in length. Font size should not exceed 14 (Times New Roman or comparable font style).
The following grading scale will be used based on the highest total number of points received by any student in the class.
96% and above = A
90 – 95% = A-
87 – 89% = B+
83 – 86% = B
80 – 82% = B-
70 – 79% = C
60 –69 % = D
59% and below = Failing
Rubric for assessing history examinations and papers:
--- Topics covered will include a great deal of information NOT necessarily found in the text.
--- Students are expected to contact the instructor AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (in advance when possible) if an absence will result in missing an exam. I do not give “incompletes.”
--- All weather-related closings are the decision of the administration. Local radio and television stations will announce these.
HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES I (HS213)
THREE SEMESTER HOURS
Aug. 29/31 Course Introduction; Ch. 1 "Alien Encounters: Europe in the Americas"
Sept. 3/5/7 Sept. 3 – Labor Day (No Class); Ch. 2 "American Society in the
Making"; Sept. 7 – SDSHS BOT (No Class)
Sept. 10/12/14 Colonial Religion; Paper #1 Due
Sept. 17/19/21 Ch.
Sept. 24/26/28 Ch. 4 "The American
Revolution"; Paper #2 Due;
Sept. 28 - Festival of Books (No Class)
Oct. 1/3/5 Test #1; Ch. 5 “The Federalist Era: Nationalism Triumphant”
Oct. 8/10/12 Oct. 8 – Native American Day (No Class); The Constitutional Convention
Oct. 15/17/19 Ch. 6 “Jeffersonian Democracy”
Oct. 22/24/26 Ch. 7 “National Growing Pains”
Oct. 29/31/2 Ch. 8 “Toward a National Economy”
Nov. 5/7/9 Ch. 9 “Jacksonian Democracy”; Test #2
Nov. 12/14/16 Ch. 12 "Westward Expansion"; Ch. 13 "The Sections Go Their Ways"
Nov. 19/21/23 Ch. 14 “The Coming of the Civil
Nov. 23 – Thanksgiving Break (No Class)
Nov. 26/28/30 Ch.
15 – “The War to Save a Union”;
Dec. 3/5/7 Ch. 16 "Reconstruction and the South”; Dec. 7 – SDSHS BOT (No Class)
Dec. 10-13 (MTWR) Finals Week/ Test #3 TBA