History 17A Online:  United States History before 1865 Fall 2018
History 17A is a survey of  American history, tracing the development of American ideals and institutions from the precolonial and colonial periods through the American Revolution, the establishment of the Constitution, early national and antebellum eras, and the Civil War. Critical, analytical written work is the primary means of evaluation. Satisfies U.S. History requirement. May be offered in a distance-learning format.

Core Competencies
The college has four course competencies for its AA Degree which this class will help you to acquire. This class will help you to achieve effective Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills, Global Awareness and increased Personal Responsibility.

Student Learning Outcomes
1.  Write an analytical essay on US history containing a thesis, appropriate historical evidence, and awareness of counter-arguments to your proposed thesis.
2. Synthesize and address the major events, ideas, and transformations in US social, cultural, political, economic, and diplomatic history before 1865
3. Critically analyze primary historical sources to investigate specific events or historical issues.
4. Evaluate historical myths, cliches, and/or prejudices in USA  history and ideology, including myths about race, class, and gender, and the history of opposition to the hegemonic power of those myths.
5.  Use a core body of historical data to support ideas and concepts.

In this class you will learn:

As a student in this online course, you will be using new educational technologies. While we won't meet regularly in the traditional face-to-face environment, this is still a college level US history course, requiring a thorough mastery of the material with critical, analytical analysis demonstrated through a series of writing assignments.

Textbook: Mary Beth Norton et al, A People and A Nation  Vol 1 10th edition, brief edition  ISBN 9781285430850

In addition, a collection of primary documents will be online.

The Tough Stuff
Students in my History 17A classes will read one to two chapters each week and take weekly chapter quizzes to stay on top of the reading. You will also submit a series of one page responses to lecture topics. There is a total of seven one page responses and three discussion board responses over the course of the semester. In addition there is a midterm that consists of two, three page essays submitted as an email attachment. The final exam is on campus and consists of a multiple choice test based on the quizzes and two in class essays written in a blue book. If you are taking the class in cyber session or the summer school session, you will be reading two chapters a week. Remember that the cyber session and summer will go very quickly and it will be important to stay on top of the reading and assignments.

All communication will be through the Canvas system. If there is a problems you may contact me using the Cabrillo address - Robrogan@cabrillo.edu Quizzes will be online, weekly assignments will be sent via Canvas message system and the mid term will be using the submission box on Canvas. The Final will be taken in person on the Cabrillo Aptos campus. The Final will be on Saturday December 8 at 10am.

Orientation Information

There will be a hour and half orientation on Saturday August 25 in Room 403 9-10:30. The orientation will go over class requirements and deadlines. Even if you are familiar with Canvas, the orientation is important for understanding the writing requirements for the class. If you cannot come to the orientation, there will be an orientation online when you log into the class.

To access the actual class and for information on how to log on, go to the Cabrillo Home page, www.cabrillo.edu and look for Distance Courses. The class will not be available until the day of the orientation August 25.

Course Outline


Week 1           Chapter 1 Three Old Worlds Create a New,1492-1600

Week 2           Chapter 2 Europeans Colonize North America, 1600-1640   

Week 3           Chapter 3 North America in the Atlantic World, 1640-1720   

Week 4           Chapter 4 American Society Transformed 1720-1770 

Week 5           Chapter 5  Severing the Bonds of Empire, 1754-1774

Week 6           Chapter 6 The Revolution Indeed, 1774-1783   

Week 7           Chapter 7 Forging A National Republic, 1776-1789 

Week 8            Midterm

Week 9            Chapter 8 Defining the Nation, 1801-1823  

Week 10          Chapter 9 The Rise of the South

Week 11          Chapter 10 The Restless North 1815-1860

Week 12          Chapter 11 Peoples and Communities in the West  

Week 13          Chapter 12 Politics of Jackson

Week 14          Chapter 12 Slavery and America’s Future: The Road to War 1845-1861

Week 15          Chapter 13  Transforming Fire: The Civil War, 1861-186.

Week 16          Final Exam