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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • History

U.S. History to 1876 HIST-111

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 85
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 09/04/2012 to 01/25/2013
  • Modified 06/26/2012

Contact Information

Instructor: Amy Alderman

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 7:15 AM to 7:30 AM, 700-A8
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10:45 AM to 11:15 AM, 700-A8

Meeting Times


  • Monday, 8:35 AM to 9:25 AM, 700--A8


  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 7:35 AM to 8:35 AM, 700--A8


History 111 offers a broad chronological overview of U.S. History which deals with political, economic, social, and cultural development from the Pre Columbian period through post-Civil War Reconstruction (c. 1876). Attention is focused on differing historical interpretations and on themes which illuminate current events. This course serves as partial fulfillment of the social science requirement for A.A. and A.S. degrees and is transferrable to regional four-year institutions. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Liberty, Equality, and Power: A History of the American People. Volume I: To 1877

  • Author: John M. Murrin
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Cengage Learning
  • Edition: Sixth
  • ISBN: 978-1-111-83087-8
  • Availability:

Voices of the American Past: Documents in U.S. History, Volume I

  • Author: Raymond M. Hyser; J. Chris Arndt
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Cengage Learning
  • Edition: Fifth
  • ISBN: 978-1-111-34124-4
  • Availability:



History 111 is an introductory survey of United States history of the indigenous population before discovery through Reconstruction. The objectives of this course are to ensure that students can identify the persons involved and the events that transpired, recognize the major themes (be they political, social, economic, or cultural) that shaped America up through the Reconstruction period, and most importantly, to comprehend why/how those themes occurred and what influenced citizens in the past to act as they did. Among the specific outcomes, students should be able to: the motives for European migration to the Americas, reasons for European development of the Americas (especially North America), colonial American separation from England, the slow but steady development of a sectional crisis, reasons for the Civil War, its progress, and the reason why Reconstruction was carried out the way it was by the northern government. Although this course is primarily designed for those pursuing an academic degree, the importance placed on critical thinking, the ability to weigh a variety of facts/evidence, and effective communicating (both in writing and verbally) will only help anyone in their daily lives and professional future. History 111 directly and indirectly pursues many of the General Education Abilities, especially points 1 (Critical/Creative Thinking), 2 (Communication), 4 (Historical, Cultural, Environmental Awareness), and 7(Information Literacy).

In compliance with the expectation that uniform student competencies be stated in all North Idaho College History syllabi, the following uniform outcomes are included:

The student should be geographically literate, that is able to locate the sites of significant historical events and to explain their geopolitical significance.

The student should be able to identify important historical individuals and their roles in history.

The student should be able to cite the causes and effects of significant historical events and their connections to subsequent events.

The student should be able to identify significant historical ideas and issues and their connections to subsequent developments.

The student should be able to synthesize information as demonstrated by competence in the following:

The ability to form value judgments or conclusions based on information
The ability to discriminate between fact and opinion
The ability to gain access to historical information required to arrive at and support conclusions
The ability to articulate conclusions in both written and spoken word




This course will not be successful without your daily participation and interaction.  As the instructor, I will rely on you to be prepared and willing to interact with me and the other members of the class.  If you fail to do the nightly reading and are therefore incapable of participating in class discussions, you will lose participation points.  Anything that distracts you from achieving the full classroom experience will also cause you to lose points, including working on assignments for other classes, playing with toys, or cell phone use.  For each of these offenses, you will be docked 10 points from your participation grade.

Cell Phone Use Defined:  If your phone goes off, or if I catch you texting, you will lose 10 participation points.  If a phone goes off and no one claims it to be theirs, the entire class will lose 10 participation points.

Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes

There will be 8 total quizzes given roughly every 2 weeks of the semester, each worth 20 points.  Quizzes will be over the most recent material and can include matching, multiple choice, and short answer questions.  Although the exact dates are to be determined, I will make sure to give you notice as to when the quizzes will be given.


The Midterm Exam and Final Exam will be a combination of multiple choice and essay questions taken in class.  I will give out five potential essay questions one week before the exam; from those, I will chose three and you will answer two on the day of the exam.  You will need to bring a blue testing booklet on the day of the exam; they can be purchased at the bookstore. 


You will be assigned two term papers, each worth 50 points.  Detailed rubrics will be handed out the day they are assigned, but both will be based off of the readings in your supplemental textbook.  Serious attention will be given to proper source citation and structure, so please familiarize yourself with Kate Turabian's Manual for Writers of Research Papers, which we will be discussing more in class.


Your final paper of the semester will be a Research Paper on a topic of your choice, as long as fits in the allotted time frame and is approved in advance by me.  Again, a detailed rubric will be handed out when the paper is assigned and serious attention will be given to proper source citation and structure.


Participation:  90 points

Quizzes:  160 points (8 @ 20 points each)

Midterm Exam:  100 points

Final Exam:  150 points

Term Papers:  100 points (2 @ 50 points each)

Research Paper:  150 points



Resulting grade and related performance levels
Grade Range Notes
A 93-100%
A- 90-92%
B+ 87-89%
B 83-86%
B 80-82%
C+ 77-79%
C 73-76%
C- 70-72%
D+ 67-69%
D 63-66%
D- 60-62%
F 0-59%

Course Policies

Responsibilities and Expectations

In order to be successful in this class, and college in general, you will need to learn time management.  It is your responsibility to be aware of upcoming assignments and due dates, and prepare for them on your own time.  That being said, I'm here to answer any questions you may have, so please be proactive and advocate for yourself.

You are expected to be on time and prepared for class every day.  This includes completing the assigned reading every night in order to be able to participate in class discussions.

College-level writing is very strict, and very different from high school writing expectations.  In history, the preferred style and citation format is Chicago/Turabian, so it would behoove you to get comfortable with this format quickly.  We won't have much time to go over this in class, so again, please come to me with questions.

Along these lines, plagiarism is something colleges take VERY seriously and punishments are severe.  It's also very easy to spot, no matter how sneaky you think you're being.  PLEASE don't take the chance, and make sure you cite all of your sources, or write in your own words.



Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Week One
7:35 AM - 8:35 AM
Chapter 1: When Old Worlds Collide: Contact, Conquest, Catastrophe
Week Two
7:35 AM - 8:35 AM
Chapter 2: The Challenge to Spain and Settlement of North America
Week Three
7:35 AM - 8:35 AM
Chapter 3: England Discovers Its Colonies: Empire, Liberty, and Expansion
Week Four
7:35 AM - 8:35 AM
Chapter 4: Provincial America and the Struggle for a Continent
Week Five
7:35 AM - 8:35 AM
Chapter 5: Reform, Resistance, Revolution
Week Six
7:35 AM - 8:35 AM
Chapter 6: The Revolutionary Republic

First Term Paper Due Friday, 10/12

Week Seven
7:35 AM - 8:35 AM
Chapter 7: Completing the Revolution, 1789-1815
Week Eight
7:35 AM - 8:35 AM
Chapter 8: Northern Transformations, 1789-1815
Week Nine
7:35 AM - 8:35 AM
Chapter 9: The Old South, 1790-1850
Week Ten
7:35 AM - 8:35 AM
Chapter 10: Toward an American Culture
Week Eleven
7:35 AM - 8:35 AM
Week Twelve
7:35 AM - 8:35 AM
Chapter 11: Whigs and Democrats

Thanksgiving Break--Early Release 11/21, No School 11/22-23

Week Thirteen
7:35 AM - 8:35 AM
Chapter 12: Antebellum Reform
Week Fourteen
7:35 AM - 8:35 AM
Chapter 13: Manifest Destiny: An Empire for Liberty--Or Slavery?
Week Fifteen
7:35 AM - 8:35 AM
Chapter 14: The Gathering Tempest, 1853-1860

Second Term Paper Due Friday, 12/14

Week Sixteen
7:35 AM - 8:35 AM
Chapter 15: Secession and Civil War, 1860-1862
Weeks Seventeen and Eighteen
7:35 AM - 8:35 AM
Winter Break

No School 12/24-1/6.  Happy Holidays!

Week Nineteen
7:35 AM - 8:35 AM
Chapter 16: A New Birth of Freedom, 1862-1865

Research Paper Due Friday, 1/11

Week Twenty
7:35 AM - 8:35 AM
Chapter 17: Reconstruction, 1863-1877
Week Twenty-One
7:35 AM - 8:35 AM

Division Policies

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: 

Academic Dishonesty
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts.  For a complete description, please see:

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.

For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01: 

Institutional Policies

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.