Fall 2001 Prof. Joshua Piker

Office Hours: W 9:00-10:00 Office:308 DAHT

F 1:00-3:00 Phone: 325-6351 or 325-6002

Classroom: DAH 103 E-mail: jpiker@ou.edu

Meeting Time: MW 2:30-3:20

F - Discussion sections

History 1483: American History to 1865

Description: This class provides students with an overview of America's social, political, and cultural development from the beginnings of European colonization to the American Civil War. Two themes will run through the lectures and readings: 1) the emergence of sectional differences and the ways in which they were (and were not) overcome; 2) the varied experiences of Europeans, Africans, and American Indians, and the manner in which each group contributed to the course of American history.

Format: The class will be structured around a combination of lectures, discussion sections, and out-of-class readings. Because it is important that you attend class regularly, there will be approximately ten in-class attendance "pop quizzes." You must be present for at least seven of these quizzes. If you are present for only six, your class participation grade drops by one letter; if you are present for only 5, this grade drops by two letters, and so on. There will be no make-up quizzes; if you are absent the day of a quiz, you fail that quiz.

Requirements: Students will write one short (4-6 pages) paper and take mid-term and final exams. All exams are closed book/note; all will require you to write essays. I will provide you with study guides prior to each exam to help you prepare efficiently. In general, students are expected to attend class, to complete the assigned reading before class, and to participate in class discussions. The average length of the weekly reading assignments is 68 pages, but note that some weeks have significantly longer assignments than others; plan your schedules accordingly. If you have a disability requiring special accommodations, please see me during the first week of the semester. I will determine grades using the following formula:

Mid-term = %20

Paper = %25

Final = %30

Participation = %25

Assigned Texts:

Edward Countryman, How Did American Slavery Begin?

John Demos, The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America.

Michael P. Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War: Selected Writings and Speeches.

Michael P. Johnson, Reading the American Past: Selected Historical Documents to 1877.

Walter Johnson, Soul By Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market

Mary Beth Norton et al., A People and a Nation: A History of the United States to 1877 (Brief

Edition/Fifth Edition).

Alan Taylor, William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic.

NOTE: I will post the outline for each lecture on my web-site by noon of the day on which the lecture is scheduled. I will also use an overhead projector to display the outline while I lecture. However, I strongly recommend that you take the time to print off the day's outline before the lecture. The syllabus for this class can be found at http://faculty-staff.ou.edu/P/Joshua.A.Piker-1/1483.htm. Click on the day's lecture title for the outline.

Class Schedule


Week 1) 8/20-8/24

Lecture 1: Introduction; logistics

Lecture 2: America, c. 1500

Discussion 1: Introduction; logistics (Part II)

Section 1: Colonial America

Part 1: the 1600s

Week 2) 8/27-8/31

Lecture 3: New Peoples, New Challenges: America, c. 1600

Lecture 4: The Founding of Virginia and the Displacement of the Indians

Discussion 2: Norton, Chapters 1 and 2

Week 3) 9/3-9/7

Lecture 5: Labor Day; class canceled

Lecture 6: Tobacco, Unfree Labor, and Bacon's Rebellion: The Rise of Slavery in Virginia

Discussion 3: Countryman, pp. 3-10, 17-48, 65-80, 85-96.

Johnson, Reading, pp. 35-40

Week 4) 9/10-9/14

Lecture 7: Puritanism and the Evolution of New England

Lecture 8: King Philip's War and the Emergence of a New Northern Landscape

Discussion 4: Demos, Preface and pp. 1-76

Norton Chapter 3

Johnson, Reading, pp. 55-57

Part 2: 1700 -- c. 1750

Week 5) 9/17-9/21

Lecture 9: From Colonies to Empire

Lecture 10: Evolving American Societies: South Carolina and Pennsylvania

Discussion 5: Demos, pp. 77-167

Norton, Chapter 4

Week 6) 9/24-9/28

Lecture 11: Evolving American Societies: New England and the Beginnings of an American Experience

Lecture 12: Evolving American Societies: Africans and Indians

Discussion 6: Demos, 168-252

Johnson, Reading, pp. 66-75

Section 2: Revolution and Republic

Part 1: From Monarchy to Democracy

Week 7)10/1-10/5

Lecture 13: MID-TERM EXAM

Lecture 14: A Dangerous Triumph: The Seven Years' War and the Beginnings of Imperial Crisis

Discussion 7: Class Canceled; fall holiday

Week 8) 10/8-10/12

Lecture 15: America's Revolution and America's Rulers: Challenges to Monarchy and the American Ruling Class

Lecture 16: Victory and Its Discontents: From Revolution to Constitution

Discussion 8: Norton, Chapter 6

Taylor, pp. 3-85.

Norton, A-9 to A-15 ("Constitution") - see end of book

Week 9)10/15-10/19

Lecture 17: Winning the Battle and Losing the War: The Ruling Class, the Constitution, and the 1790s

Lecture 18: The Republican Revolution and the Beginnings of a Democratic America

Discussion 9: Taylor, pp. 86-198

Johnson, Reading, pp. 136-139, 143-148

Part 2: Freedom's Implications

Week 10) 10/22-10/26

Lecture 19: Lewis & Clark and Company: The Expanding Republic

Lecture 20: From a Society with Markets to a Market Society: Competency and Capitalism

Discussion 10: Taylor, pp. 199-291

Week 11) 10/29-11/2

Lecture 21: Republican Motherhood, Religion, and Reform

Lecture 22: Removals: Native Americans and African Americans in the Early Republic

Discussion 11: Norton, Chapter 9

Johnson, Reading, pp. 154-157, 163-167

Section 3: E Pluribus Unum?

Week 12) 11/5-11/9

Lecture 23: Politics, 1820s-1830s: Sections and Parties


Lecture 24: Slave Life in the Antebellum South

Discussion 12: Norton, Chapters 10 and 11

Johnson, Reading, pp. 188-192

Johnson, Lincoln, pp. 16-22

Week 13) 11/12-11/16

Lecture 25: Undermining Slavery: Resistance, Free Blacks, and Abolitionists

Lecture 26: East of the Frontier and North of Slavery: Native Americans and African

Americans in the North

Discussion 13: Johnson, Soul By Soul, pp. 1-116

Week 14) 11/19-11/23

Lecture 27: Movie: "The Gold Rush" (Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1996).

Lecture 28: Class Canceled; Thanksgiving Holiday

Discussion 14: Class Canceled; Thanksgiving Holiday

Week 15) 11/26-11/30

Lecture 29: The Mexican-American War and the Ideology of Manifest Destiny

Lecture 30: Expansion's Legacy: 1848-1854

Discussion 15: Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, 30-35

Johnson, Reading, pp. 196-200

Johnson, Soul By Soul, pp. 117-220

Week 16) 12/3-12/7

Lecture 31: A House Divided: The Failure of Compromise

Lecture 32: The Civil War: Battlefields and Other Sites of Conflict

Discussion 16: Norton, Chapter 15

Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, pp. 62-69, 81-91, 96-99, 108-115, 186-187,

192-194, 199-204, 218-219, 255-258, 263, 292-293, 307-310, 320-321.

Johnson, Reading, pp. 227-232

FINAL EXAM: date/time/place TBA

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