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History 21 will meet according to the schedule listed below. So that you can get the most out of the lectures and class exercises you need do all the assigned reading listed for each day before the class meets unless otherwise noted. As with all courses at Furman we expect you to plan on spending at two to three hours a day outside of class time on reading and assignments. Included in this should be at least three hours each week throughout the term for your final term project.

Please note that the midterm examination and the film showings have been scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. These are regular class meetings and attendance is expected. Alternative times may be arranged only after consultation with me and with permission from the Associate Dean's office.

Students with disabilities who need academic accommodations should contact the Susan Clark, Coordinator of Disability Services, (2998) immediately. After an meeting with the Coordinator, contact me during my office hours. Don't procrastinate: do this EARLY in the term.

All required online documents and on-line discussions can be reached by clicking the links on this web page. Some articles may require you to be logged into a Furman account in order to be accessed. Except where indicated, all "On-Line Tutor" materials listed in the textbook are optional. You may find the (optional) "On-line quiz and chapter summary" for each chapter to be helpful.

Group Assignments

Date Topic Assignment
Week One:
Jan. 6 Welcome; What is Historiography? Please post a brief autobiography and description of your interests (2 paragraph minimum) on the Class Message Board.
Jan. 7
Recent Historiographical Trends Davidson and Lytle (D & L), After the Fact, Introduction, Prologue
Jan. 8
Pre-Columbian America and the Encounter Tindall, Shi, and Pearcy (T, S, & P), 1-27
Jan. 9 No class meeting today (Work on your library scavenger hunt exercise and Friday's readings.)
Jan. 10 Colonial Precedents: the South and Slavery T, S, & P), 28-36; On-line Topic: "The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade"; D & L, Chapter One. (Library scavenger hunt exercise answers due at class time.)
Week Two:
Jan. 13 (Arrowhead)
Colonial Precedents: New England and the Middle Colonies T, S, & P, 36-42; D & L, Chapter Two
Jan. 14 (Bison) Refinement, Awakening, and Enlightenment T, S, & P, 42-46
Jan. 15 (Corn) Background to Revolution T, S, & P, 47-76; D & L, Chapter Three
Jan. 16 The American Revolution T, S, & P, 77-95; A topic proposal and preliminary bibliography need to be posted on the Class Message Board by 8:00 p.m.
Jan. 17 (All groups) The Meaning of Revere's Ride (discussion) Fischer, Paul Revere's Ride (Be sure to read all parts, including the section on historiography, 327-344.)
Week Three
Jan. 20 (Arrowhead) Building a New Nation T, S, & P, 97-144;
On-line Topic: "The Constitutional Convention;"
Lance Banning, "Review of J. Rakove, Original Meanings, in William and Mary Quarterly (3d series) (April 1997), 444-446
Jan. 21 (Bison) Jacksonian America T, S, & P, 145-193; D & L, Chapter Four
Jan. 22 (Corn) Revivalists, Reformers, and Writers T, S, & P, 194-208
Jan. 23 (Arrowhead) Slavery and Antislavery and the Historians T, S, & P, 227-240; D & L, Chapter Seven;
Life of Josiah Henson pp. iii-10;
S.C. Methodist Conf. Statement on Abolition; Will of Thomas Crayton, Greenville County, S.C. (1824); Rules for Slaves (1839)
Jan. 24 (Bison) Slavery Expansion and the Causes of Civil War T, S, & P, 209-226; 241-262; Mississippi Secession Declaration; Letter to the Citizens of the Greenville District; Resolutions from Merriwether County, Georgia; New York Tribune on Southern Grievances; Rochester Union, "Why we Must Fight"
Week Four:
Jan. 27 (Corn) Civil War and Reconstruction T, S, & P, 263-306
Jan. 28 Evening Exam Mid-Term Exam: 6:00 p.m.
Jan. 29 American Regions, Corporate Innovations and Worker Rights T, S, & P, 307-339;
John McClymer, "Late Nineteenth Century American Working-Class Living Standards" Journal of Interdisciplinary History (Autumn 1986), 379-398;
Manifesto of the International Working Peoples' Association
Jan. 30 (Arrowhead) Immigrants, Cities, and the new Social Theories T, S, & P, 341-360; D & L, Chapter Eight
Jan. 31 (All groups) The Custer Myth (discussion) Leckie, Elizabeth Bacon Custer
Week Five:
Feb. 3 (Bison) Gilded Age and Progressive Politics T, S, & P, 362-378, 394-409; D & L, Chapter Nine
Feb. 4 (Corn) Imperialism, Wilson, and the Recasting America's Foreign Policy T, S, & P, 379-393, 410-428
Feb. 5 The Twenties (Arrowhead) T, S, & P, 430-449
Feb. 6 (Bison) The Depression T, S, & P, 449-466; Evening showing of The Grapes of Wrath
Feb. 7 (Corn) The New Deal T, S, & P, 466-473; D & L, Chapter Eleven
Week Six:
Feb. 10 The Second World War T, S, & P, 475-508; D & L, Chapter Twelve
Feb. 11 The Truman Era and the Origins of the Cold War T, S, & P, 509-527; All final papers due today in class.
Feb. 12 (Arrowhead) The Civil Rights Struggle T, S, & P, 529-560
Feb. 13 (Bison) Vietnam, a Crooked President, and the Stagflation Crisis T, S, & P, 561-588; D & L, Chapters Fourteen and Fifteen
Feb. 14 (Corn) The Conservative Backlash T, S, & P, 588-608
Week Eight:
Feb. 17 (All groups) The Suburban Frontier (discussion) Baxandall, et al, Picture Windows
Feb. 18 New Left Historiography and the "Cultural Turn" T, S, & P, 609-627
Feb. 19 The Meaning of America -----

Assignments and Grading

Assignment Due Date Contribution to Grade
Scavenger Hunt 9 Jan. 3 %
Paper Topic Proposal 16 Jan. 3
Mid-Term Examination 28 Jan., 6:00 p.m. 22
Research Paper 11 February 22
Online Submissions Weeks 1-7 10
Online Engagement and Exchange Weeks 1-7 4
In-class discussions, exercises, and participation Daily 8
Comprehensive Final Examination Friday Feb. 21, 8:30 a.m. 28

Note: The instructor reserves the right to change any provisions, due dates, grading percentages, and all other items without prior notice. The schedule was last updated on 8 January 2003.