Syllabus
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Syllabus

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History 340

Instructor: Professor Linus Caesar

Office: History Building #242

Office hours: Weds 9:30-11:00am

Email: linus.caesar@school.edu

Lecture: 9:30-11:00am, Tu/Th

TA: Adrianne Stout

Office: History Building #245

Office hours: M/W 1:00-2:00pm

Email: adrienne@school.edu

TA: Brent Anderson

Office: History Building #245

Office hours: M/W 2:00-3:00pm

Email: brent@school.edu

πŸ“œ Course Description

The study of American history has recently witnessed fundamental revision. History is not simply a series of inevitable events but a contingent process, the origins of which remain open to interpretation. Our principle concern remains to understand not only the outcome of events, but also the origins of them.

πŸ— Enrollment

Prerequisite(s): course(s) that must be taken prior to this course Co-Requisite(s): course(s) that must be taken prior to or simultaneously Concurrent Enrollment: course(s) that must be taken simultaneously Recommended Preparation: course work or background that is advisable, not mandatory

πŸ“š Readings

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Required Texts

NameAuthorPublisherYear
Common Sense
Thomas Paine
Penguin Classics
1982
Benito Cereno in Melville's Short Novels
Herman Melville
Norton Critical Editions
2001
The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origin of American Identity
Jill Lepore
Knopf
1998
Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Icon
Scott Reynolds Nelson
Oxford
2008

Course Schedule

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This course schedule provides a thorough list of weekly topics, readings, assignments, and exams. Click All to switch to week, exam, or calendar view.

Schedule

NameDatesTypeTopic
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Week 1
Sep 16, 2019 β†’ Sep 20, 2019
πŸ“’ Lesson
Pre-revolution
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Week 2
Sep 23, 2019 β†’ Sep 27, 2019
πŸ“’ Lesson
Pre-revolution
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Week 3
Sep 30, 2019 β†’ Oct 4, 2019
πŸ“’ Lesson
Pre-revolution
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Essay #1
Oct 2, 2019
πŸ“Œ Assignment
Pre-revolution
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Midterm #1
Oct 17, 2019
πŸ” Exam
American RevolutionPre-revolution
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Essay #2
Nov 5, 2019
πŸ“Œ Assignment
American Revolution
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Midterm #2
Nov 28, 2019
πŸ” Exam
Civil WarWorld War IThe Great Depression
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Final Exam
Dec 19, 2019
πŸ” Exam
World War IIThe Great DepressionWorld War I

πŸ† Grading

Breakdown

Participation: 15% Response Papers: 15% Essay #1: 15% Midterm: 20% Essay #2: 15% Final Exam: 20%

Scale

A 90%-100% B 80%-89% C 70%-79% D 60%-69% F < 60%

Assignment Submission

All essays and papers are due in lecture (due dates are listed on the schedule). No electronic copies will be accepted!

Late Assignments

Late work will be deducted 5% per twenty-four hour period that elapses after the due date. If foreseen or unforeseen circumstances prevent you from completing an assignment on time, you may request an extension. Extensions must be requested in advance of the due date. If the situation warrants an extension, we will determine a new due date for the essay based on your individual circumstances.

😒 Plagiarism

Presenting someone else’s ideas as your own, either verbatim or recast in your own words – is a serious academic offense with serious consequences. Please familiarize yourself with the discussion of plagiarism in our campus policies.

🧠 Final Examination

The final examination will consist of an essay written during the exam period. You will receive the question at least one week before the test and may use a single page of notes during it.