History 2111 Section 004/005

Syllabus – History 2111

U.S. History to 1877

Fall 2015


Dr. Gerald J. Pierce


Phone: 770-630-0642


Course Number: History 2111 Section Numbers: 005 and 006


Meeting Days and Times: Section 004 -Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM

Room J-158  Section 005 -Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 PM to 8:45 PM Room J-158


Office Hours: Section 004 - 30 minutes before start of first class, in the class room

                      Section 005 - 30 minutes after end of last class, in the class room

If necessary, by appointment.


Required Material: Paul S. Boyer, et al, The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People, Volume 1: to 1877. 7th Edition (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2012) ISBN10: 1-111-34155-9, ISBN13: 978-1-111-34155-8

You may choose to use an earlier edition to save money.


Learning Outcomes: By the end of the course, students will be able to:

- Identify historical issues in and cite knowledge of the American past.

- Reach informed conclusions about historical sources and develop multiple explanations for historical events.

- Describe the ways in which the past affects current events.

- Identify the cultural values of the U.S. and the role of minority views in reshaping these values.


Attendance Policy: You are expected to be in class for each class meeting. Instructors are required to report the names of students who do not attend to the registrar’s office. If you have an emergency, it is your responsibility to contact the instructor and advise him of the situation. It is also your responsibility to get any notes or information from other students. Given the amount of material to be covered, regular attendance will aid in the achievement of a satisfactory grade. Absences and/or consistent tardiness will adversely affect your grade. Class participation is important and will also be reflected in your grade. This portion of your grade is worth 11 points. This means that excessive absences could cost you a grade level.

Class during Closure of the University: In the event the school is closed for more than a day, students should use GeorgiaView Vista to access class material. Quizzes, written assignments and, if needed, examinations will be sent to students by E-mail. Students are encouraged to keep checking E-mail for announcements and updates.

Disruptive Behavior and Academic Dishonesty: Every SPSU student is responsible for upholding the provisions of the Academic Regulations, as published in the university catalogue. Student must comply with the university’s policy on academic honesty. A faculty member reserves the right to remove any student from his or her course if the student's behavior is of a disruptive nature or if there is evidence of academic dishonesty.














Honor Code: Collaboration with your classmates in studying and understanding the material is part of the collegiate experience, and is strongly encouraged. Collaboration on written assignments is permitted and encouraged, but each student must turn in work written in his or her own words. Copying another's work will be considered cheating; all students involved will receive a grade of zero, a reduction in the course grade, and possibly other penalties including failure of the course and dismissal from the University. Students will work in assigned groups on the lab assignments and turn in one assignment that is the collaborative effort of the group. Unless you are specifically advised otherwise by the instructor, any work submitted for credit, other than homework and lab assignments, must be completely the work of the individual student.

Collaboration or cheating on examinations will result in a grade of zero, a reduction in the course grade, and possibly other penalties including failure of the course and dismissal from the University. Plagiarism, fabrication, or other academic misconduct will result in a grade of zero, a reduction in the course grade, and possibly other penalties, including failure of the course and dismissal from the University.

SPSU has an Honor Code and a procedure for handling cases when academic misconduct is alleged. All students should be aware of them. Information about the Honor Code and the misconduct procedure may be found at

Unsatisfactory grades earned because of academic misconduct cannot be removed from your grade point average by repeating the course and will prevent you from earning Latin honors on your diploma. However, you may be required to repeat the course in order to graduate.

It is very important that you understand the concepts of academic integrity. If any of the above is not clear, or if you are not certain what some of the terms mean, please ask me. A misunderstanding in this area could end your academic career.

ADA Compliance Statement "If you have a documented disability as described by the Rehabilitation Act of 1977 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)that may require you to need assistance attaining accessibility to instructional content to meet course requirements, we recommend you contact the ATTIC at 678-915-7361 as soon as possible. It is then your responsibility to contact and meet with your instructor. The ATTIC can assist you and the instructor in formulating a reasonable accommodation plan and provide support in developing appropriate accommodations for your disability. Course requirements will no be waived, but accommodations will be made, when appropriate, to assist you to meet the requirements."

Classroom Etiquette: Cell phones must be turned off during class. Earphones and electronic equipment of any type other than laptops are prohibited in class. Please do not talk while the instructor or a fellow student is speaking. Please raise your hand in order to be recognized.

Examinations: There will be three examinations, each covering one-third of the course materials. A research project may be assigned during the semester which will allow students to earn extra points.

Make-up Policy: If you must miss a scheduled examination, you will take a make-up test. This test will be taken in the history department offices and will be different from the one given in class.

Grading: Periodic quizzes or research requirements will be given and will count for 10 percent of your grade. The three examinations count for 79 percent and attendance/participation 11 percent, totaling 100 percent. Grade Values: A= 90-100, B= 80-89, C= 70-79, D= 60-69, and F= 59 and below. An optional research paper will be offered for extra credit.

Lectures: The class will be presented as lectures with periodic discussions of key points. The lectures will cover material in the text and required readings, but will not be limited to these items. Any material presented in the lectures may appear on a test.

Last Day to Withdraw: October 4, 2012


Time Period               Assignment

Week 1                       August 16 – Course Introduction                                                          

Week 2                       August 21/23 – Chapter 1 – Native Peoples of America to 1500                               Chapter 2 - The Rise of the Atlantic World,                                                                                                                                                        

Week 3                       August 28/30 - Chapter 3 – The Emergence of Colonial Societies,                                   

Week 4                       September 4/6 - Chapter 4 –The Bonds of Empire, 1660-1750                                  

Week 5                       September 11/13 - Chapter 5 – Roads to Revolution, 1750-1776

                                   September 18 - Test 1          

Week 6                       September 20 - Chapter 6 – Securing Independence, Defining Nationhood,    1776-1788














Week 7                     September 25/27 - Chapter 7 – Launching the New Republic, 1788-1800

                                 OCTOBER 4- WITHDRAWAL DAY

Week 8                     October 2/4 - Chapter 8 – Jeffersonianism - Era of good Feelings                                  

Week 9                     October 9/11 - Chapter 9 - The Transformation of American Society, 1815-1840 

Week 10                   October 16 - Chapter 10 - Democratic Politics, Religious Revival and Reform,

                                 October 18 – Test 2

Week 11                   October 23/25 - Chapter 11 – Technology, Culture and Everyday Life, 1840-1860

Week 12                   October 30/November 1 Chapter 12 - The Old South and Slavery,   

Week 13                   November 6/8 – Chapter 13 – Immigration, Expansion and    Sectional Conflict, 1840-1848

Week 14                   November 13/15 - Chapter 14 – From Compromise to Secession, 1850-1861

                                 November 22- Chapter 15 – Crucible of Freedom, Civil War, 1861-1865

                                 November 23 -Thanksgiving Break – No class

   Week 15                November 27 - Chapter 16 – The Crises of Reconstruction, 1865-1877

                                 November 29 – Test 3