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HIS 105, The United States to 1877, v3

 University of Mississippi
Department of History
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Michael V. Namorato

Wendy Smith, PhD.

Dr. Smith earned a MA degree in Classics in 2002 and a PhD in history in 2012. She earned both degrees from the University of Mississippi. She has taught undergraduate courses for the university for a number of years. Her research and teaching interests focus on 20th century US history with an emphasis on Labor, Women, Cold War and the South.

Contact Information:

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The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826

Course Description

The course you are about to take focuses on the history of the United States from the earliest days of discovery to the Compromise of 1877. It will examine in detail how the United States developed politically, socially, economically, culturally, and in foreign affairs. Major events such as the American Revolution, the Constitution, the early Republic, the presidents of the antebellum period, the transformation of the American economy, the South and slavery, the 1850s, the Civil War, and Reconstruction will all be analyzed extensively.

As you go through the textbook and the course, you will follow a chronological pattern while simultaneously looking at a variety of developments that were occurring. Bear in mind that as we study history, we tend to focus only on one event. Yet, historically, many events are going on at the same time. To facilitate your introduction into this panorama of events, the following division might prove helpful.

This course is divided into two parts. Part One deals with the early settlement of North America and runs through the War of 1812. Part Two begins with the era of good feelings and ends with Reconstruction.

There are three types of lessons:

1. Regular Lessons - At the beginning of each lesson, you will be asked to either familiarize yourself with a series of identifications and/or to examine and think about a series of questions. These study identifications and questions are not to be submitted for grading. Instead, each regular lesson will include a set of questions that are to be answered by you, in your own words, and to be submitted in consecutive order for grading. Each lesson that you submit will be graded with an S for satisfactory, with a U for unsatisfactory, or with an I for incomplete. Incomplete lessons must be reworked and resubmitted. An accumulation of five or more grades of unsatisfactory will result in an automatic F for the course.

2. Exam Lessons - Part One and Part Two include a multiple-choice examination. You are to select the most appropriate answer and place it on your answer sheet. Submit your answer sheet as you would a regular lesson. It will be corrected and returned to you. You are expected to do this exam without help either from other students or from the textbook. These exams are designed to help you prepare for the Mid-Course test and Final Examinations.

3. Book Review Lessons - There are two book reviews due - Lesson 9 and Lesson 20. Each book review lesson requires the review of one book which you will read for this course. See the section on book reviews.

Please remember that you are responsible for submitting legible and grammatically correct lessons. Write in clear sentences and be sure to use your own words. Your instructor will comment on your lessons. Also, and most importantly, always remember to be very specific in providing factual information in your answers as well as making every effort to fully explain whatever you write.

Textbook Information:


Making America: A History of the United States, Vol. I; To 1877, Seventh Edition - with the printed access card for MindTap history

Carol Berkin, Christopher L. Miller, Robert W. Cherny, James L. Gormly

Students can purchase a hard copy of the book with an access card or they can purchase the access card alone, which includes the digital textbook.

Hardcopy with card ISBN 978-1-305-59377-0

Access Card alone ISBN 9781285856766

Students may also purchase access to MindTap with the digital text from within Blackboard - click on the first MindTap assignment and you will have the option of entering an access code or purchasing access immediately.

It is the studentís responsibility to order the course textbook. Online textbook retailers such as,, or usually provide used textbooks at economical prices but be aware that used books may not include the access code which is required.

Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):


relate the general narrative of United States history from 1877 to the present


analyze primary sources to determine what these documents or images reveal about the time in which they were created


identify important people and events


communicate understanding of these events in written form

Course Outline:

This course consists of 15 instructional modules (or lessons).



Due for Grades


Introduction and tutorials

4 tutorial exercises

Chapter 1: Making a "New" World, to 1588

Chapter Test & 1 Critical Thinking Activity (CT)

Chapter 2: A Continent on the Move, 1400-1725

Chapter Test, 1 CT, 1 Primary Source Module (PSM) & 1 Primary Source Activity (PSA)

Chapter 3: Founding the English Mainland Colonies, 1585-1732

Chapter Test, 1 CT, 1 PSM & 2 PSAs
Chapter 4: The English Colonies in the Eighteenth Century, 1689-1763 Chapter Test, 1 CT & 1 PSA

Chapter 5: Deciding Where Loyalties Lie, 1763-1776

Chapter Test, 1 CT & 2 PSAs

Chapter 6: Re-Creating America: Independence and a New Nation, 1775-1783

Chapter Test, 1 CT & 1 PSM
Chapter 7: Competing Visions of the Virtuous Republic, 1770-1796 Chapter Test, 1 CT & 1 PSA
Chapter 8: The Early Republic, 1796-1804 Chapter Test & 1 CT
Essay #1 Multiparagraph Essay

Mid Course Exam

Lessons 1-8; Chapters 1-8

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Chapter 9: Increasing Conflict and War, 1805-1815

Chapter Test & 1 CT
Chapter 10: The Rise of a New Nation, 1815-1836 Chapter Test, 1 CT & 1 PSA

Chapter 11: Modernization and Expansion, 1828-1848

Chapter Test, 1 CT, 1 PSM & 1 PSA
Chapter 12: Responses to Expansion and Change, 1828-1848 Chapter Test, 1 CT, 1 PSM & 3 PSAs
Chapter 13: Sectional Conflict and Shattered Union, 1840-1860 Chapter Test, 1 CT & 1 PSM
Chapter 14: A Violent Choice: Civil War, 1861-1865 Chapter Test, 1 CT, 1 PSM & 1 PSA
Chapter 15: Reconstruction: High Hopes and Shattered Dreams, 1865-1877 Chapter Test, 1 CT, 1 PSM & 1 PSA
Essay #2 Multiparagraph Essay

Final Exam

Lessons 9-15; Chapters 9-15

To be scheduled and completed to finalize credit



A 94-100 B+ 87-89 C+ 77-79 D+ 67-69
A- 90-93 B 82-86 C 73-76 D 60-66
    B- 80-82 C- 70-72 F 59 & below

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