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Coeur d'Alene · Social & Behavioral Sciences · History

U.S. History to 1876

  • Fall 2012
  • Sections 03, 04
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 11/20/2012

Contact Information

Office Test

Instructor: Dr. Jewell

Meeting Times

HIST 111-03 meets at T/R 10:30-11:45

HIST 111-04 meets at T/R 1:00-2:15


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


Required Books:

Tindall and Shi, America:  A Narrative History, vol. 1

Hollitz, Contending Voices, vol. 1

Ellis, What Did the Declaration Declare



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


ATTENDANCE POLICY/PARTICIPATION POINTS:  Strictly speaking attendance is kept, but only used to assist in tabulating your participation points.  It is difficult to participate if you are not in class; therefore, frequent absences will result in diminished participation points or the possible complete elimination of those points altogether.  Also, attending the class is the simplest method to ensure that you are well enough versed in the subject to pass this course.  As half of the regular quiz and test material is drawn from class lecture, failure to attend will greatly diminish your knowledge of test material, resulting in substantially lower grades.   If, for viable reasons, you cannot be in class and should miss a quiz it is possible that you will be allowed to make up the quiz at a time stipulated by me.  You cannot make up the midterm or the final, if you do not discuss an absence with me in advance.  If you cannot avoid being absent from class for the midterm or final, see me well in advance, and if I will schedule an earlier time to take the exam.    


QUIZZES:  There will be five quizzes worth 24 points each (in some cases, I will break these full quizzes into half quizzes, as needed).  Although they are unannounced, I will give you an approximate warning when planning a quiz (usually a week’s notice).  It is important that you prepare for them by taking good notes during lecture and keeping up on the reading (in all books).  Quizzes will be broken into two parts, the first consisting of multiple choice questions and the second of two short answer questions (or perhaps one slightly longer one).  Short answers should be fairly brief, demonstrating a working knowledge of the information requested.  When writing your responses, please attempt to avoid drawn-out answers; these questions are designed so they can be clearly in the allotted 18 minutes. 


HISTORICAL BIOGRAPHIES:  Each of you will select/blindly choose an historical person from one of a range of categories (you do get to pick which category).  You will then write a two to three page biographical sketch of that person (font 12, Times New Roman, double spaced).  The sketch will begin with the individuals birth and conclude after their death with information about their legacy or impact across time, between those points you will note and explain (as much as possible) who they were and what they did to sufficiently convey an understanding of who they were and not just what they did.  Fuller details will be handed out in class.  The due date is Nov. 26, with no exceptions.


MIDTERM AND FINAL:  Both the midterm and final will be combination multiple choice and essay tests taken in class.  For the midterm, I will hand out five potential essay questions a week prior to the exam, from these I will chose three and you will answer ONE of those in class.  Since you will only be answering one question, your responses are expected to be developed and detailed, demonstrating a full understanding of the answer.  The final will be a bit different; you will take the multiple choice section of the final on the scheduled finals date.  For the essays, I will hand out five questions a week prior to the final date, but unlike with the midterm, you will answer two of these five outside class and bring them in when you come in to take the multiple choice portion of the final. You will need to bring a blue testing booklet (or perhaps two) to class for the midterm; they can be purchased in the bookstore.  While I do not deduct any points for understandable misspellings or grammatical errors, if an essay is terribly convoluted it may be difficult for me to determine your meaning, so it is in your best interest to write as orderly and cogent an essay as possible – with a discernable introduction (however brief), body that supports your answer, and a solid conclusion.  Realizing all instructors are different and students have an inherent anxiety about what their individual professors are looking for, I will go over what I expect in an essay when I hand out the midterm.  I will also be available in my office/via email if any of you needs further illumination as you are preparing for the tests.  



Regular Quizzes:         120 points (5 @ 24 points each)

Participation:               40 points


Biography:                  40 points

Midterm:                     100 points

Final:                           150 points


                                    450 total


Grading Scale:


A         428                                D+       297-314

A-        405-427                       D         270-296

B+       392-404                       F          296 and below

B         378-391

B-        360-377

C+       347-359

C         333-346

C-        315-332

Course Policies

FOCUS OF THIS COURSE:  The goal of this course is less historical and more analytical.  Hopefully you will leave better aware of the general themes that affect this country and its people as the nation grew toward becoming a world power in the years following the Civil War while simultaneously facing internal struggles.  Most importantly, however, you will be forced to think about how and why events occurred, what it was that drove Americans to act in specific ways and do specific things.  Whether you believe it or not, the ability to look at issues within the field of history and to decipher the reasons why and how events occur will be a tremendous benefit in whatever field you go into.  In conjunction with insightful thinking comes the ability to communicate cogently.  Reading, writing, and discussion in this and other liberal arts classes will only enhance your ability to present yourself in the best manner once you leave this institution.  Effort plays an important role in your success in any class and if you attempt to stumble through this one without putting in some genuine work is not only probable that you will fail, but you will miss an opportunity to strengthen your critical thinking skills and ability to communicate more effectivelyThis is a college course, and you will be graded accordingly.  As a final point, make certain you understand that I do not give grades, you earn them and the grade you receive in the end will reflect the grade you have earned in this class.


PROFESSORS’ PREROGATIVE STATEMENT:  This class is a collaborative effort, where you are expected to be actively involved in the learning process.  Your contributions to the learning process are as important as my guidance.  You must prepare yourself to look at things from a different perspective, to ask the “why” questions, and to participate, to be engaged –which is a responsibility we share jointly.  Although you probably believe your final grade is the most important thing you will get out of this and your other classes, that is not the case.  Each of the instructors here at NIC are providing you with an opportunity to gain knowledge, to expand your intellectual base, and just as we expect you to do your part, we instructors are here to do our best to provide you with the best learning opportunity possible, whether or not you take advantage of those opportunities is up to you, but you will miss a great opportunity if you choose not to take advantage of those chances.



Aug 29, Sept. 4:           (Why) Explorers and the encountered; West African Origins of slavery

                                    Chpt. 1


Sept.  6:                       European empire building

                                    Chpt. 2


Sept. 11, 13:                Colonial competition and rise of the English

                                    Chpt. 4*


Sept. 18, 20:                English colonial society (including the rise of slavery)

                                    Chpt. 3*

                                    CV: 34-44


Sept. 25, 27:                Growing colonial dissatisfaction

                                    Chpt. 5

                                    CV: 51-61


Oct. 2, 4, 9:                 Revolution and the struggle for independence

                                    Chpt. 6

                                    **What Did the Declaration Declare** 15-40; 95-105


Oct. 11:                       MIDTERM


Oct. 16, 18:                 From the Confederation to Constitution

                                    Chpt. 7

                                    CV:  67-76


Oct. 23, 25:                 Jefferson, the Era of Good Feeling, and national growth

                                    Chpts. 8 and 9


Nov. 1, 6:                    Market Revolution in America

                                    Chpt. 12*


Nov. 8, 13, 15:            Jacksonian era and rise of the common man

                                    Chpt. 11 and 13*, and pp. 592-598


Nov. 20, 27:                Manifest Destiny and westward expansion

                                    Chpt. 14

                                    **Historical Biographies due 11/26**


Nov. 29,

Dec.  4, 6:                    Deterioration of the Union

                                    Chpt. 16

                                    CV:  189-198


Dec.  11, 13:                America at war with itself

                                    Chpt. 17


FINALS SCHEDULE:  Check for your class section below.

111-03  Dec. 20 @ 10:00 a.m.

111-04  Dec. 18 @ 2:00 p.m.

Additional Items

CELL PHONES/TEXT MESSAGING/OTHER UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR:  Having cell phones go off in class is disruptive and discourteous to your fellow students and me; therefore, turn off both cell phones and pagers unless you have an emergency, about which you must inform me before class starts.  If your cell phone goes off during class I will deduct 15 points each time it occurs.  If I cannot tell which person’s cell phone is going off, everyone in the general vicinity will lose 15 points unless the person steps forward.  Other unacceptable behavior, such as surfing the web if you have a laptop or sleeping will result in students being directed out of class so that those that want to be there will not be distracted, along with the loss of 15 points (doubling with each incident).

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 Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct applies to any student enrolled at North Idaho College.  This includes, but is not limited to, face-to-face classes and Internet classes.

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.