Course Syllabus

North American history to 1877 in the context of western traditions and global interactions.
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Schedule of our Journey

Quests and Puzzles

Time Traveler's Toolkit

Resources and Fine Print

Schedule and Road Map of Weekly Themes and Assignments

Part 1: Early North America: An Overview and Orientation
Week 1: What is Significant about Early North American History?
Week 2: Historical Landmarks and Objects from Early America
Week 3: Our Region's History in Ten Objects

Part 2: First Peoples and Early European Settlements in Comparative Context (50000BCE to 1763CE)
Week 4: Foundations and Encounters
Week 5: Comparing Early Settlements
Week 6: Colonial Exchanges and Crises
Week 7: Everyday Life and a New Age of Numbers
  Week 8: Colonial Turning Points and the Seven Years' War

Part 3: Nation-building: Citizenship, Conflict, and Economic Modernization (1763-1877)
Week 9: Spring Break
Week 10: Insurgency and Independence
Week 11: Rights and Revolutions
Week 12: Multiple Perspectives on 1812
  Week 13: The Market Revolution and the Problem of Slavery
Week 14: North American Regional Conflict
Week 15: Nation-Building and National Disruption
Week 16: A Retrospective

[complete course schedule]
[Compact List of Topics and Assignments]

Quests and Puzzles:
Comparing Past Communities

Themes and Queries we will explore all term:

*Adaptation: How did past peoples get shaped by local environments? How did past peoples change their environments?
* Belonging and Beliefs: How did past peoples define their communities?
* Commerce and Trade: How did past peoples exchange, borrow, hybridize, or steal from each other?
* Decision-making, power, and marginality: How past peoples structure leadership and shared governance?
* Everyday life: What did early North America look and feel like at the human scale? What would have been like to live through these events?

A Time Traveler's Toolkit

Thinking Like an Historian: Conventions and Methods

[See the section below for assignment guides and study tools.]

Resources and Policy Fine Print:

[Contact Prof. Benson]
[Course Description, Required Books, and Major Assignments]
[Furman Historical Analysis Requirement]

[Academic Integrity Policies]
[Grading and Attendance Policies]
[Snow Day Virtual Classroom]
[ADA Accommodations and Disability Resources]

[Student-Generated History of our Region in Objects Assignment]
[Individual Choice Primary Source Project]
[Examination Requirements and Study Suggestions]
[Discussion Board Comment Assignment Requirements and Suggestions]

Resources and Tips:

[Library Resource Guide]
[8 Tips for Studying Smarter (]
[Effective Structured Outlining Techniques Guide]
[Traits of Historical Significance]
[SOCC-it! Source Analysis]
[A Comparison of Dialogue and Debate]
[Outline of U.S. History Topic Headings
[Midterm Practice Exam]
[Peter Stearns, "Why Study History?"]

Student-Generated Chronology of North American Top Historical Aspects
Student-Generated Study Guide

Note: The instructor reserves the right to change any provisions, due dates, grading percentages, or any other items without prior notice. All assignments on this schedule are covered under the university's policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. See the syllabus statement for further details. This page was last updated on 1/19/2018.