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History 41 will meet according to the schedule listed below. So that you can get the most out of the lectures and class exercises you are expected to do the assigned reading for each day before class meets. As with all upper division courses at Furman you should plan on spending at least two hours a day outside of class time on reading and assignments.

All electronic documents and on-line discussions can be reached by clicking the links on this web page. Be aware that the last minute rush to get reserve readings can be severe. To save time and help your peers please make copies and return the readings to the reserve desk as quickly as possible. To avoid copyright problems you must bring these copies of the readings to class for use in face-to-face discussion. Students who have not completed their readings may be asked to leave class. You will need to participate in the in-class book discussions to receive appropriate recognition in your class participation grade.

Disabilities and Accommodations

You must act quickly. We can provide accommodations as long as you have given appropriate advance notice. Students with documented disabilities will need to contact me and Disabilities Coordinator Susan Clark (x-2322)within the first four days of class to make appropriate arrangements. If you think you have a disability but it has not been documented you should contact me and Ms. Clark even sooner.

Week One:
Sept. 10 Introduction: The American Republic Please post a short description of yourself on the Class Discussion Board after class
Sept. 11 Republicanism: ideal and practice Thomas Cole, "Course of Empire:" Savage State (1834) Arcadian State (1834) Consummation of Empire (1836) Destruction (1836) Desolation (1836)
Sept. 12 Farming and the Agricultural Frontier
Divine, et al, The American Story (A. S.),282-290. Read this and all subsequent assignments before class time on the listed day.
Sept. 13 Property and Manhood Suffrage Chancellor Kent and David Buel debate suffrage (1821); A. S., 311-321;
On-line Discussion due for ALL participants by class time.
Week Two:
Sept. 16 Monroe and the Missouri Compromise A. S., 300-305, 308-310
Sept. 17 The Erie Canal as Social Revolution A. S., 290-297
Sept. 18 Industry's Infancy A. S., 297-300, 305-307
Sept. 19 Interpreting the Age of Jackson A. S., 322-335
Sept. 20A Pivotal Year? (discussion) Masur, Year of Eclipse.
On-line Discussion due for ALL participants by class time.
Week Three:
Sept. 23 Nullifiers, Burners, and Gaggers William C. Miller, Arguing About Slavery, 27-42, 197-213 (On Reserve in Furman Library); Postmaster Kendall's Position on Mail Seizures (1835)
Sept. 24 Emergence of the Whigs A. S., 335-343
Sept. 25 The Accidental Presidency of J. Tyler ----
Sept. 26 Evangelicalism and Moral Reform A. S., 344-352, 358-362
Sept. 27 The Revolutionary Middle Class and Domestic Ideology A. S., 353-358
Week Four:
Sept. 30 Antebellum Religion and Social Class Discuss Schantz, Piety in Providence;
On-line Discussion due for ALL participants by class time.
Oct. 1 Interpreting Slave Society A. S., 406-419
Oct. 2 Conditions and Historians of Slavery A. S., 424-435; Greenville Slavery Documents (assignments TBA); Amistad will be shown from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. Attendance is required. No on-line postings today.
Oct. 3Abolitionism Excerpts from David Walker's Appeal (1830); Angelina Grimké's Appeal to the Christian Women of the South (1836)
Oct. 4No class meeting today. On-line Amistad   Discussion due for ALL participants by class time.
Week Five:
Oct. 7 The Proslavery Argument A. S., 419-24; Proslavery Cartoon (1841); Richard Furman's Exposition on the Colored Population (1823)
Oct. 8 Preliminary Examination I Evening Exam I
No regular class meeting. Exam begins at 6:00 p.m., location TBA
Oct. 9 Tyler, Polk, and Texas A. S., 377-390
Oct. 10 Mexico and Wilmot A. S., 390-394, 437-441; Polk's War Message (1846)
Oct. 11 The Armistice of 1850 Speech by Jefferson Davis; Speech by Wm. Henry Seward; Speech by Stephen A. Douglas;
On-line Discussion due for ALL participants by class time.
Week Six:
Oct. 14 Creating a New North A. S., 394-399; Railroad Mileage Growth, 1850-1860.
Women's Petition to the New York Legislature and the N.Y. Legislature's Response
Oct. 15 Self-Emancipation and the Slave Power Conspiracy Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, especially. sections 5, 7, and 8; Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Chapter 5 and Chapter 9; Frederick Douglass's Stump Speech (1852);
On-line Discussion due for ALL participants by class time.
Oct. 16 Nebraska and Party Disintegration A. S., 445-448; "Appeal of the Independent Democrats (1854);"
"North and South Contrasted
Oct. 17 Rum and Romanism: The Know-Nothings A. S., 399-405; Indianapolis Immigrant Population
Oct. 18 Bleeding Kansas A. S., 450-452. 1 page discussion self-evaluation due
Week Seven:
Oct. 21 Bleeding Sumner and Bleeding Kansas A. S., 436-7; "Ruffians in the Senate";
"Supremacy of the Law";
"Chastisement of Senator Sumner.";
"Capt. Brooks' Castigation of Senator Sumner";
"Liberty of Speech";
Caning Image from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly;
Preston Brooks's Statement at Trial
Oct. 22 Dred Scott, the Tariff of 1857, and the Disruption of Democracy A. S., 452-60
Oct. 23 Helper's Book, John Brown's Deed, and the Election of 1860 A. S., 460-467; Excerpts from Helper, Impending Crisis, and
editorial: "The Reign of Terror." and ;
editorial: "The Plan of Insurrection."
Oct. 24 No class meeting today ----
Oct. 25 No class meeting today ----
Week Eight:
Oct. 28 Election and Secession (Discuss Dew) A. S., 468-475; Dew, Apostles of Disunion;
On-line Discussion due for ALL participants by class time.
Oct. 29 The War for the Union, 1861-1862 A. S., 475-488
Oct. 30 Emancipation and the Confederacy's High Tide, 1862-3 A. S., 488-495
Oct. 31 No class meeting today (Fall Break) ----
Nov. 1 No class meeting today (Fall Break) ----
Week Nine:
Nov. 4 The Decline and Fall of the Confederacy, 1864-1865 A. S., 495-501
Nov. 5 Abolition and the failure of self Reconstruction ----
Nov. 6 Preliminary Examination II Evening Exam II
No regular class meeting. Exam begins at 6:00 p.m., location TBA
Nov. 7 No class meeting today ----
Nov. 8 No class meeting today ----
Week Ten:
Nov. 11 Legislative Reconstruction A. S., 502-515
Nov. 12 Reconstruction's Social Consequences (De Forest discussion) A. S., 515-522; Discussion of De Forest, A Union Officer in the Reconstruction
On-line Discussion due for ALL participants by class time.
Nov. 13 Corruption, High and Low A. S., 522-524, 527-529
Nov. 14 Race and Redemption in the South A. S., 524-527, 529-536
Nov. 15 (***) Presentations I Term papers and research journals for ALL participants due in class today.; On-line Commentaries due for ALL non-presenters after class.
Week Eleven:
Nov. 18 (***) Presentations II On-line Commentaries due for ALL non-presenters after class.
Nov. 19 The Revolutionary Corporation A. S., 569-590
Nov. 20 Gilded Age Labor A. S., 590-601;
Knights of Labor Statement (1885); J. Strong, "Perils: Socialism", from Our Country(1885); The Media's Images of Haymarket (1886-87)
Nov. 21 Cities, Immigrants and Suburbs I A. S., 602-607
Nov. 22 Cities, Immigrants, and Suburbs: II A. S., 607-613; Jacob Riis, How the Other Half Lives, Chapter V.)
Week Twelve:
Dec. 2 Native Americans and the West Discussion of Paul, ed., Autobiography of Red Cloud.
On-line Discussion due for ALL participants by class time.
Dec. 3 Western Settlement and Eastern Culture A. S., 548-568, 613-620
Dec. 4 The Politics of Reform A. S., 627-634
Dec. 5 National Gridlock? A. S., 635-645
Dec 6 Nineteenth Century Retrospective -----

Assignments and Grading

Assignment Due Date Contribution to Grade
Preliminary Examination IOct. 818
1 page Discussion Self-EvaluationOct. 183
Preliminary Examination IINov. 618
Term Paper and research journalNov. 1520
On-Line DiscussionsWeeks 1-126
On-line Interaction and ExchangeWeeks 1-123
In-class discussions, exercises, and participation. daily7
Comprehensive Final ExaminationMonday, December 9, 2:30-5:00 pm25

Grades in this course will be assigned in accordance with the official statement on grades found in the Furman University Catalog (page 46 in the 2002 edition). A "represents the best that can be expected of a student at Furman." B "represents a high degree of achievement in meeting the characteristic demands of the course. C "may be expected of a student who gives to the course a reasonable amount of time, effort, and attention. D "represents inferior work." F "indicates unconditional failure." Grade distributions in this course have historically been consistent with those of the history department and the University.

Note: The instructor reserves the right to change any provisions, due dates, grading percentages, and any other items without prior notice. In cases of academic dishonesty the instructor may impose penalties up to and including failure of the course. The Associate Academic Dean may impose additional penalties at her discretion.

This page was last updated on 11/4/02.