United States History I Syllabus for 2021-2022
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HIST-1301-006 United States History I


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A survey of the social, political, economic, cultural and intellectual history of the United States from the pre-Columbian era to the Civil War/Reconstruction period. United States History I includes the study of pre-Columbian, colonial, revolutionary, early national, slavery and sectionalism, and the Civil War/Reconstruction eras. Themes that may be addressed in United States History I include: American settlement and diversity, American culture, religion, civil and human rights, technological change, economic change, immigration and migration, and creation of the federal government.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

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The American Nation: A History of the United States, Volume I     Carnes, et al   REVEL

Bundle with Access Code and Loose Leaf paper copy.  15th Ed.  2016

ISBN# 9780134100159

Access Code is REQUIRED and will be used for assignment grades.


Access to a reliable computer and reliable internet. Smartphones and tablets can be useful for reading, listening, and completing chapter assignments, however, they have numerous problems with the Main Exams in this course. All students should have access to a desktop or laptop computer with a reliable internet access when taking Exams.

Student Performance

Learning Outcomes  

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Create an argument through the use of historical evidence.
  2. analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources.
  3. analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on this period in United States history.

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Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at https://acconnect.actx.edu .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Students are expected to follow all Amarillo College policies and procedures.

During discussions in the course; students are expected to be professional and follow common courtesy. The discussions in this class are meant to bring up various positions and sometimes the debate can be heated; however, it is appropriate to attack a certain argument or point of view, but it is never appropriate to attack the person who is posting information with which you may disagree.

The Tutoring for Success policy applies to any student whose grade or performance in the course falls below a departmentally determined minimum threshold. In either of those cases, the instructor will direct the student to the appropriate tutoring service, which may be faculty-led, discipline-specific, and/or general. Under this policy, the instructor will follow specific departmental guidelines governing the use, duration, and grade component of the tutoring need.

Grading Criteria

90-100 = A

80-89 = B

70-79 = C

60-69 = D

Below 60 = F

Exams Average  –  40%

Discussions Average  –  25%

Chapter Assignments – 25%

Course Paper  –  10%

All make up work will be allowed at the discretion of the instructor, if at all.


The online US History course will not have any on campus meetings. Students must log on to this course in AC Online the first day of regular classes and follow the instructions for the course. If a student needs individual assistance they can contact me to work out the problems or schedule an appointment.


This Course outline will also be posted on the class site.

Week One

As soon as possible, read the syllabus over carefully: this schedule is copied from the syllabus, but included here to save you time. If you fail to complete any of the REVEL assignments by 6-13 you will be administratively dropped from the class on 6-13.

Read and complete in REVEL:

Chapter 2: Alien Encounters: Europe in the Americas 

Chapter 2 is due 6-14


Participate in Discussion One: this will be available 6-9 and due 6-15 


Week Two

Read and complete in REVEL:

Chapter 3: The Making of Society in the Colonial Era

Chapter 4: America in the British Empire

Chapters 3 and 4 are due 6-21


After completing chapters 3 and 4 take the First Exam: this will be available from 6-17 to 6-21 and cover chapters 2-4


Week Three

Read and complete in REVEL:

Chapter 5: The American Revolution

Chapter 6: The Federalist Era: Nationalism Triumphant

Chapters 5 and 6 are due 6-28


Participate in Discussion 2: this will be available 6-22 and due 6-28


Week Four


Read and complete in REVEL:

Chapter 7: Jeffersonian Democracy

Chapter 8: National Growing Pains

Chapters 7 and 8 are due 7-5


After completing chapters 7 and 8, take the Second Exam: this will be available from 7-1 to 7-5 and cover chapters 5-8


Begin work on the Course Paper Ethical Dilemma - Available 6-14 through 7-12. Find the assignment under the Common Assessment Tab. Submit the paper through the Paper link with that assignment.


Week Five

Read and complete in REVEL:

Chapter 9: Toward a National Economy

Chapter 10: Jacksonian Democracy

Chapters 9 and 10 are due 7-12


Participate in Discussion 3: this will be available 7-6 and due 7-12


Don’t forget - Course Paper Project: Ethical Dilemma Paper:  due 7-12


Week Six

Read and complete in REVEL:

Chapter 12: Westward Expansion

Chapter 13: The Sections Go Their Own Ways

Chapters 12 and 13 are due 7-19


After completing chapters 12 and 13, take the Third Exam: this will be available from 7-15 to 7-19 and cover chapters 9, 10, 12, and 13


Week Seven

Read and complete in REVEL:

Chapter 14: The Coming of the Civil War

Chapter 15: The War to Save the Union

Chapters 14 and 15 are due 7-26


Participate in Discussion 4: this will be available 7-20 and due 7-26


Week Eight

Read and complete in REVEL: ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH TUESDAY 7-27!!!

Chapter 16: Reconstruction and the South

Chapter 16 is due 7-27

Final Exam available 7-22 through 7-27

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06/05/22 3:56 PM