History 145, Fall 2010


Instructor:  Mike Nagle

T/Th 12:30-1:50 ASC 366




This course will provide a survey of American history from European contact to the Civil War.  It will focus on a variety of topics including Native Americans, European colonization, the emergence and evolution of slavery, the American Revolution, the development of the American political system, westward expansion, and the growth of sectionalism that eventually resulted in the Civil War.




          Paul S. Boyer, The Enduring Vision (recommended)


LecturePoint:  Interactive US History Lectures (Required & free)

 Available at: http://college.cengage.com/history/lecturepoints/index.html


          Nathaniel Philbrick, Mayflower (required)


Solomon Northup, (Sue Eakin, Joseph Logsdon, ed.), Twelve Years A Slave (required)


Three Blue Books (required)




First Mid-term


Second Mid-term


Final Exam


Quiz over  Mayflower


Quiz over  Twelve Years A Slave


Summary/Analysis of either Mayflower or Twelve Years A Slave







M/W 10:00-10:30, 2:00-2:30; T/Th 9:30-10:30; my office is ASC room 379.  If you cannot meet during office hours, just let me know and we’ll set up another time.

          Phone:  (231) 843-5905

          E-mail: mwnagle@westshore.edu

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




The Support, Tutoring, and Resource Services (STaRS) program is available to provide free tutorial, disabilities, and other support services to West Shore Students.  Contact Diann Neil Engblade at ext. 3906 or stop by her office in the Campus Center, Room 761.




1.     Students will come to a greater understanding of the interactions between Euro-Americans, Native Americans, and African Americans and the results of these interactions for the past and their continued impact on today's society.

2.     Students will be able to describe and analyze the emergence and evolution of slavery.

3.     Students will be able to describe and evaluate the causes and consequences of the Civil War and its significance to American history.

4.     Written work, reading materials, and course requirements are designed to develop and enhance students’ 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.  Native Americans, Early Contact & Settlement, Colonial Society:  (up to 1760)


Week I

Sept 2


Course Intro

Week II

Sept 7, 9

Read Boyer chapter 1, begin Mayflower

Native Americans

Week III

Sept 14, 16

Read Boyer chapter 2, continue Mayflower

Discussion:  9/14  Native Americans

Constitution Day:  9/16 class may meet at an alternative location TBA

Native Americans Continued

Week IV

Sept 21, 23

Read Boyer chapter 3, continue Mayflower

Colonizing Impulse & Colonial Virginia

Week V

Sept 28, 30

Read Boyer chapter 4, read Mayflower

New England Colonies

Week VI

Oct 5, 7

Read Boyer chapter 4, continue Mayflower

Discussion 10/7:  Slave Trade

Finish New England;  Review 

Week VII

Oct 12, 14

MID-TERM EXAM #1:  10/14

Colonies of the Lower South; Exam


Section 2:  Revolution, A New Government to the Age of Jackson (1754-1840)



Oct 19, 21

Read Boyer chapter 6, finish Mayflower

No Class meeting 10/21; Review LecturePoint Lecture06-Toward Revolution & Independence on your own 

American Revolution 

Week IX

Oct 26, 28

Read Boyer chapter 7

Quiz & Discussion 10/26:  Mayflower

Constitution & Early Republic

Week X

Nov 2, 4

Read Boyer chapter 8, begin Twelve Years A Slave

Discussion:  11/2 “One Planter’s Views”

Mayflower Summary/Analysis due:  11/2

Age of Jefferson

Week XI

Nov 9, 11

Read Boyer chapter 9, continue Twelve Years A Slave

Politics:  1820-40; Age of Jackson, Review


Week XII

Nov 16

Read Boyer chapter 10, continue Twelve Years A Slave

MID-TERM EXAM #2:  11/16



Section 3:  Sectional Conflict and the Road to the Civil War (1840s-1865)


Week XII

Nov 18

Read Boyer chapter 12, continue Twelve Years A Slave

No Class Meeting 11/18; Review LecturePoint Lecture12-Westward Expansion on your own 

Expansion West


Nov 23, 25

Read Boyer chapter 12, continue Twelve Years A Slave


Travel West & Southern Society

Week XIV

Nov 30, Dec 2

Read Boyer chapter 13, finish Twelve Years A Slave

Quiz & Discussion 12/2:  Twelve Years A Slave

Impending Crisis

Week XV

Dec 7, 9

Read Boyer chapter 14

Twelve Years A Slave Summary/ Analysis Paper due:  12/9

Impending Crisis II

Week XVI

Dec 14, 16

Read Boyer chapter 15


Civil War, Review




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.  Make-up exams will be all essay exams.

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. The class also will be required to attend one performance of an event of your choice included in the WSCC Performing Arts Series.  More information (including free tickets) will be forthcoming throughout the semester.  Web assignments and possible questions concerning movies seen in class will also be included in the discussion grade.

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 as lateness can distract 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 every day.  If you have an appointment or other conflict, schedule it outside of class time; do not leave in the middle of class except in an emergency as this will interrupt the learning environment for all other students.

6.     Please turn all cell phones and pagers off while in class and put away iPods, BlackBerrys, etc.  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 quizzes over each 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 two mid-terms and one final exam.  The format of the exams will include all or some of the following:  essay, matching, short answer, and/or “time periods.”  The mid-terms 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 each of the supplemental books will be open note/open book (but timed).  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 written assignments 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.  I will try to respond with an e-mail 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.