HST 130 The United States to 1877

HST 130 IS Sec 2, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Wendy Smith, PhD.

Instructor name:
Wendy Smith, PhD.


Wendy 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 and the South as well as ancient and early modern history.

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the Email Your Instructor link in the Lessons or Content page. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your course title and number in the subject line.

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

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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.

Textbook Information:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. relate the general narrative of United States history from 1877 to the present
  2. analyze primary sources to determine what these documents or images reveal about the time in which they were created
  3. identify important people and events
  4. communicate understanding of these events in written form

Course Outline:

This course consists of 15 instructional modules (or lessons) and 2 proctored exams.

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.


Reading Assignments

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


If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your information.
If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the exam has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course.
The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your information.


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


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


You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.