John Trumbull's painting The Death of John Trumbull at the Battle of Bunker's Hill


HIST 2300.161 — Fall 2020

American History before 1877

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.



Dr. Mark Stoll
Office: HH 135     Office hours: Monday 2:00–3:00 p.m.; Friday, 9:30–10:30 a.m.; and by appointment
E-Mail:     Web:     Tel.: (806) 834-6285


Kaitlyn Malatak
(806) 834-4888

A through Hamaker
Hours: We. 12:00–3:00

Ryan Michelin
(806) 834-3774

Hamlin through Olivas
M., W., F. 12:00–1:00

William Scott

(806) 834-4875
Olmos through Z
Hours: Tu., We. 12:00–1:30





James Horn, 1619: Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy
Study Questions

Carol Berkin, Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America's Independence
Revolutionary Mothers Study Questions

Carol Sheriff, The Artificial River: The Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress, 1817-1862
Artificial River
Study Questions

Paul E. Johnson and Sean Wilentz, The Kingdom of Matthias: A Story of Sex and Salvation in 19th-Century America
Kingdom of Matthias Study Questions

James M. McPherson, Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam
Crossroads of Freedom
Study Questions

Jon Meacham, Timothy Naftali, Peter Baker and Jeffrey A. Engel, Impeachment: An American History
Impeachment Study Questions

                Recommended: Philip Jenkins, A History of the United States, 5th ed.



Synchronous lecture on Microsoft Teams (download from eRaider:

Exams on Blackboard at using Proctorio proctoring extension


Notebook and writing implement

All the required reading material

Laptop or desktop with a webcam and good, reliable Internet connection

A quiet, private place to hear lectures and take exams and quizzes



There will be four examinations. Each midterm counts 22% of the final grade; the final counts 34%.
All make-up exams will be given on the last Tuesday of classes only.



Attendance will be taken in class. Students with perfect attendance will receive a bonus of 3 points on their final grades. Students who miss more than 2 classes will lose 1 point off their final grades for each absence over two. Absences may be excused with written evidence of dire need, that is, death in the family, hospitalization, illness, etc. Students who have been absent shall present written excuses to the professor. Excessive, habitual tardiness will result in three tardies counting as one absence.


All students must review the syllabus and the requirements including the online terms and video testing requirements to determine if they wish to remain in the course. Enrollment in the course is an agreement to abide by and accept all terms. Any student may elect to drop or withdraw from this course before the end of the drop/add period.


Online exams and quizzes within this course may require online proctoring. Therefore, students will be required to have a webcam (USB or internal) with a microphone when taking an exam or quiz. Students understand that this remote recording device is purchased and controlled by the student and that recordings from any private residence must be done with the permission of any person residing in the residence. To avoid any concerns in this regard, students should select private spaces for the testing. The University library and other academic sites at the University offer secure private settings for recordings and students with concerns may discuss location of an appropriate space for the recordings with their instructor or advisor. Students must ensure that any recordings do not invade any third party privacy rights and accept all responsibility and liability for violations of any third party privacy concerns. Setup information will be provided prior to taking the proctored exam. For additional information about online proctoring, you can visit the online proctoring student FAQ.


The jargon part that no one reads but has to be here:

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Core Foundational Component Area Criteria Description: Courses in this category focus on the consideration of past events relative to the United States, with the option of including Texas History for a portion of this component area. (1,2) Courses involve the interaction among individuals, communities, states, the nation, and the world, considering how these interactions have contributed to the development of the United States and its global role. (1,2) THECB Core Objectives Description Critical Thinking Skills: To include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information. (1,2) Communication Skills: To include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication. (1,2) Personal Responsibility: To include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making. (1,2) Social Responsibility: To include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national and global communities. (1,2) Texas Tech University College-Level Core Competency Statement Students graduating from Texas Tech University should demonstrate an understanding of the historical origins of the United States and be able to identify and describe the importance of key individuals and events in United States history. (1,2) Texas Tech University Core Student Learning Outcomes: Identify and explain the origins and evolution of the political systems and political cultures that have shaped the United States. (1,2) Identify and analyze the various social and cultural factors that have shaped the daily experiences of people living in the U.S. (1) Develop and demonstrate analytical arguments in written and/or oral forms, related to American history. (1) Assessment of Learning Outcomes: (1) Exams (1) Reading quizzes.

Note: "Religious holy day" means a holy day observed by a religion whose places of worship are exempt from property taxation under Texas Tax Code §11.20. A student who intends to observe a religious holy day should make that intention known in writing to the instructor prior to the absence. A student who is absent from classes for the observance of a religious holy day shall be allowed to take an examination or complete an assignment scheduled for that day within a reasonable time after the absence. A student who is excused under this provision may not be penalized for the absence; however, the instructor may respond appropriately if the student fails to complete the assignment satisfactorily. See University Standard Operating Procedure 34.19.

Note: Any student who, because of a disability, may require special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make any necessary arrangements. Students should present appropriate verification from Student Disability Services during the instructor’s office hours. Please note: instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodations to a student until appropriate verification from Student Disability Services has been provided. For additional information, please contact Student Disability Services in West Hall or call 806-742-2405.

TTU Statement of Academic Integrity (OP 34.12):

The professor reserves the right to change this syllabus at his discretion. Changes will be announced in class and posted on the class Webpages. Syllabus ©2020 Mark Stoll.