History 11: Political & Social History of the United States
- A History of the American People, by Paul Johnson (ISBN 978-0-06-093034-9).
- A People's History of the United States, by Howard Zinn (ISBN 978-0-06-083865-2).
Both are available at the bookstore. Neither costs more than $25. You will want both; please plan ahead and bring them with you on the second day of class.
Zinn is available as an online text
And as a pdf
Johnson is also available as a pdf
See this article discussing both books
Review critical of Zinn
Review critical of Johnson
If you send me an email, please make sure you tell me your section number and your full name. Otherwise, it's difficult to answer your questions correctly.
- See the reading assignment (link or in the syllabus) and then look at the matching homework link below. Only then read.
- DON’T read the way you've probably learned to read for prior history classes.
- DON'T think you need to remember all the stuff in the textbooks. You can't.
- DO recognize that some parts are more important than others, and try to learn the important bits, skimming the rest.
- The homework questions are a good guide to what you should learn.
- Beyond them, you should come to class with a few ideas fresh in your head; I'll ask people about these at random:
- What was THE main idea from each book's reading? This is certainly more than a word or phrase. It might be expressed well in 3-6 sentences. KNOW THIS!
- Why did this thing happen? Again, it's never a word or two, but should be explainable in a few sentences.
- How did this thing impact the story of America/the people/the world/etc.?
- Again, KNOW THIS! You should do a little learning before you show up in class; if you don't, you're not doing your job and it will affect your grade.
- If you're the nervous type and fear you might freeze if I call on you to answer one of these questions, write it out and bring it with you.
- Email me your homework answers BEFORE the start of the class in which those topics are discussed. I will let you know what's coming due in class. If you miss class, contact another student to see what's due.
- Turn things in on time. I don’t accept late assignments.
- Type (or cut & paste) the assignment into the body of the email. Don’t send it as an attachment.
- Number your answers.
- Make the subject line read “section#, lastname, firstname, homeworknumber
- It should look like this: 0302, Garcia, Maria, 5
- Not following these instructions will result in your receiving half-credit for the assignment.
Homework Questions/Lecture Outlines/Study Guides
US History Overview & Timeline/Dates
Lecture Outlines for Test 1
Overview/Critical Analysis/Categories of History
HW 1: Exploration & Contact
HW 2: Establishing Colonies
HW 3: Colonial Development
Lecture Outlines for Test 2
HW 4: The Road to Independence
HW 5: Establishing Governments
HW 6: The Early Republic
Lecture Outlines for Test 3
HW 8: War of 1812 & Aftermath
HW 9: Antebellum West & North
HW 10: Antebellum South
Lecture Outlines for Test 4
HW 11: Western Expansion
HW 12: The Road to Civil War
HW13: The Civil War
HW 14: Reconstruction & Beyond