History of Michigan


SHST 214, Spring 2004


Instructor:  Mike Nagle

MW 11:00-12:20

RC 426




This course will survey the history of Michigan from the culture and characteristics of Native Americans to the present.  It will also focus on the political, social, and economic development of the state from its early exploration by Europeans to the post WWII economy. 




Bruce Rubenstein, Lawrence Ziewacz,  Michigan, A History of the Great Lakes State



          Lee Iacocca, Iacocca (required)


          Two Blue Books (required)




Mid-term Exam


Final Exam


Oral History Project


Quiz over Iacocca


Summary/Analysis of Iacocca







MW 1:15-2:15, TTh 9:15-10:15 aba; my office is LASC 302f (the former Media Center)

Phone:  845-6211 ext. 3314

E-mail:  mwnagle@westshore.edu

Homepage:  http://www.westshore.edu/personal/MWNagle/


If you cannot reach me at these times let me know so that we can meet.  You can also try contacting me via e-mail or you may want to visit my homepage.




1.     Students will be able to determine how events in Michigan's past have an impact on life in the state of Michigan today.

2.     Students will come to a greater understanding of the interactions between Europeans, Americans, and racial/ethnic minorities that have taken place in Michigan and the results of these interactions for the past and for today's society.

3.     Students will research the life history and interview at least one individual from Michigan and place this person's life into the broader context of Michigan's, overall history.

4.     Students will improve their analytical, writing, communication skills, and computer literacy.




Note:  Specific dates for discussions, assignments, and exams are included in this calendar.  Some changes may need to be made, if so, they will be announced in class.


Section 1:  From a Natural Resource-Based Economy to Industrial Power


Week I

Jan 19, 21

Read Rubenstein Ch. 7, 10

Intro, Civil War, Extractive Industries

Week II

Jan 26, 28

Read Rubenstein Ch. 12, begin Iacocca

Economic Development

Week III

Feb 2, 4

Read Rubenstein Ch. 13, continue Iacocca

Discussion:  2/4:  “How to do Oral History”

Automobile Industry & Oral History

Week IV

Feb 9, 11

Read Rubenstein Ch. 14, continue Iacocca

Autos, WWI & 1920s

Week V

Feb 16, 18

Read Rubenstein Ch. 15, continue Iacocca

Discussion 2/18:  Plagiarism & Exams

Biographical Data Sheet Due:  2/16

Great Depression

Week VI

Feb 23, 25

Read Rubenstein Ch. 16, 17, continue Iacocca

100 Questions Due:  2/25

Michigan & WWII

Week VII

March 1, 3

Read Rubenstein Ch. 18, finish Iacocca

Quiz & Discussion:  3/1:  Iacocca

Post WWII Economy & Society


March 8, 10

Read Rubenstein Ch. 19

Summary/Analysis of Iacocca due:  3/8

Mid-Term Exam:  3/10

1960s & 70s:  Years of Change & Turmoil, Review,  Exam



Section 2:  Work on the Oral History Project



Week IX

March 15-17

No Class Meeting:  Work on Oral History Project


Week X

March 22-24

No Class Meeting:  Work on Oral History Project


Week XI

March 29, 31

No Class Meeting:  SPRING BREAK

Work on Oral History Project





Section 3:  The First Michiganians, European Rivalry, and the US


Week XII

April 5, 7

Read Rubenstein Ch. 1

Oral History Project Due:  4/7

Native Americans of the Great Lakes


April 12, 14

Read Rubenstein Ch. 2

Discussion 4/12:  French/Indian Relations

French Exploration & Missionaries

Week XIV

April 19, 21

Read Rubenstein Ch. 3

French/British Rivalry

Week XV

April 26, 28

Read Rubenstein Ch. 4

US/British Rivalry, Old Northwest

Week XVI

May 3, 5

Read Rubenstein Ch. 5, 6

Statehood, Review


May 10

FINAL EXAM:  5/10 10:30-12:30





1.     Exams can only be made up if arrangements are made PRIOR to the exam dates.  Students have up to two weeks to make up missed exams, or they CANNOT be made up.  If you are sick or have experienced an emergency contact me, prior to or the day of an exam, to let me know so that we can determine when/if a make-up can be administered.  If a make-up is administered, it will be an all-essay exam.

2.     Incompletes are only used in an emergency and students must have completed at least 50% of the course with a 70% or above to receive an Incomplete.

3.     There will be several discussion sessions during the term, much of it will take place in small groups.  To earn at least a “C” students must attend every discussion session.  To earn a higher grade, students must participate in each session. There might also be questions concerning movies we may see in class which could also be included in the discussion grade as well as the Biographical Data Sheet & 100 Questions for the Oral History Project.

4.     Attendance for each class meeting is mandatory.  It will not be taken as a part of your grade on lecture days (only for discussions), and there is no set penalty for missing lectures, but much of the course material is presented in lecture and final grades will reflect each student's attendance record.  Students are responsible for ALL information presented in class, including such announcements as changes in exam or discussion dates.

5.     Making it to class on time is very important.  Lateness not only distracts me, but more importantly, it distracts everyone enrolled in class.  You are all paying a lot of money to be here.  Please give your fellow students the courtesy of arriving to class on time everyday.

6.     Please turn all cell phones and pagers off while in class.  They are a potential distraction to everyone.

7.     Plagiarism can be defined as “to steal and use the ideas and writings of another as one’s own” (American Heritage Dictionary).  Written assignments must acknowledge when a direct quote is taken or another person’s ideas are paraphrased.  If a source is not cited, this is plagiarism.  Copying another student's ideas and/or paper is cheating.  Sometimes the class will work together in groups, but each student must turn in their own paper with their own ideas.  If you are unsure what you should do, ask me.  Copying another student's answers and/or bringing crib notes are cheating.  The exams are closed note/closed book (with the exception of the quiz over the supplemental book).  Plagiarism and/or cheating are grounds for failing an exam, assignment, or even the entire course.  If you are unsure what you should do, ask me!




There will be one mid-term and a final exam.  The format of the exams will include all or some of the following:  essay, matching, short answer, and “time periods.”  The mid-term and final will be based primarily on lecture material, but students are responsible for information included in the required readings, handouts, discussions, and films.  The quiz over the additional book will be open note/open book.  You may use any handwritten notes which you have written yourself.   The text is recommended reading for this class, but you will not be tested on anything from the text that is not covered in class.  Use the text to fill in any “gaps” in lecture notes.  A set of questions will be handed out for the additional writing assignments.  Correct grammar and spelling are important.




Late assignments are accepted for up to one week, but they are penalized 10% for the first late day, and 5% for each additional late day.  If you want, you may turn in papers as an e-mail attachment.  They must be turned in by 11:59 PM the date they are due, but with some restrictions.  Students (not me!) are responsible for sending the attachments correctly. You will receive an e-mail from me within 24 hours letting you know I’ve received the attachment, if you don’t receive an e-mail confirming my receipt that means I didn’t receive it.  Any “glitches” can lead to penalties for late papers.





Superior work; essays contain strong thesis and logical argument; includes analysis, supporting facts and relevant information; well organized and well written.  Includes information from lectures, outside readings, films, speakers, and discussions.





Above average work; essays contain strong thesis, but might lack focus and organization; includes analysis; generally well written and argued; information is strong but missing some points; arguments could use more support.







Average work; essays contain no thesis or thesis is weak; pertinent information is included, but could use more evidence and stronger organization; understanding of course content is shown but contains little analysis.







Poor work; essays lack coherent argument and are poorly written; information is missing and/or incorrect.






Below 60

Failure; lacking correct information; lack of effort is shown.