Monday, September 20, 2021
HIS 103 Course Information


Dr. Robert Genter                                              

Department of History                                       Office: G230

Nassau Community College                               Office Hours: Wed/Fri 11-12:15

FALL 2017                                                                                        





Course Description: The course covers the broad spectrum of American life through a survey of American social, cultural and political events. Included are such topics as the rise of colonial America; the American Revolution; the early national period of Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Hamilton; the westward movement; and the antislavery movement which climaxes with the bitter struggle of the Civil War.


Required Text:

  • James Oakes, Of the People (Oxford University Press) 

Course Rules and Requirements:

  • Classroom Etiquette: All students are required to attend class regularly, to show up on time, and to remain for the entire period. Attendance will be taken every class. Any student missing more than three classes will have his or her grade lowered. Any student missing more than six classes will be automatically dropped from the course – no exceptions. All electronic devices must be silenced. Students who engage in disruptive behavior (excessive talking, text messaging, sleeping, etc.) will be asked to leave. I reserve the right to dismiss from the course any student who continuously repeats such disruptive behavior. Similarly, repeated lateness to class (10 minutes or more) will not be tolerated. Three late arrivals count as one absence.
  • Reading Assignments: Students are expected to do ALL the required readings by the assigned dates and be prepared to discuss them in class. Students will receive extra credit for exceptional or frequent participation. NOTE: Readings must be completed by the beginning of the week.


Graded Assignments:

Your final course grade will be based upon the following assignments and in accordance with the following grade scale:

  • Midterm Exam (30%).
  • Final Exam (30%).
  • 3 Take-Home Quizzes (20%). The assignments for these quizzes will be handed out in class.
  • 4 In-Class Quizzes (20%). The quizzes will be based upon the assigned readings and classroom lectures. The quizzed will be announced at least one class prior.


Schedule of Reading and Classroom Assignments:


Sept. 4: Introduction


Sept. 8-11: The New World

            Readings: Divine, Ch. 1

                             America, Ch. 1


Sept. 15-18: England’s Colonial Experiments

            Readings: Divine, Ch. 2

                             America, Ch. 2-3


Sept. 22-25: Colonies in an Empire

            Readings: Divine, Ch. 3-4

                             America, Ch. 4


Sept. 29: No Class – Follows Monday Schedule


Oct. 2: The American Revolution

            Readings: Divine, Ch. 5

                             America, Ch. 5


Oct. 6-9: The Republican Experiment

            Readings: Divine, Ch. 6

                             America, Ch. 6


Oct. 13-16: The Rise of Party Politics

            Readings: Divine, Ch. 7

                             America, Ch. 7


Oct. 20-23: The Jeffersonian Vision

            Readings: Divine, Ch. 8


Oct. 27: **MIDTERM EXAM**


Oct. 30: Nation Building and Nationalism

            Readings: Divine, Ch. 9


Nov. 3-6: The Problem of Democracy

            Readings: Divine, Ch. 10

                             America, Ch. 8


Nov. 10-13: Slavery and the Old South

            Readings: Divine, Ch. 11

                             America, Ch. 9


Nov. 17-20: The Pursuit of Perfection

            Readings: Divine, Ch. 12

                             America, Ch. 10


Nov. 24: An Age of Expansion

            Readings: Divine, Ch. 13

                             America, Ch. 11


Dec. 1-4: The Sectional Crisis

            Readings: Divine, Ch. 14

                             America, Ch. 12


Dec. 8-11: The Civil War

            Readings: Divine, Ch. 15

                             America, Ch. 13


Dec. 15: The Aftermath


Dec. 18: **FINAL EXAM**


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