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Revision Date: 24-Oct-22

Summer 2023 | HIS-1211-VO01 - U.S. History to 1865

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-23-2023 to 08-14-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-10-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


David Seager
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Philip Crossman

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course is a survey of the major events in United States history from colonial days to the time of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Students examine forces behind these events and their social, economic, and political implications for the development of society in the United States.

Essential Objectives

1. Describe selected indigenous cultures in the Americas prior to the European colonization and explore the impact colonization had and continues to have on these cultures.
2. Explore factors leading to the development of slavery in the Americas and analyze its sustained social, economic, political, and cultural impacts.
3. Discuss the ideas, experiences, and events in the American colonies that led to American independence.
4. Analyze the ways in which early religious, philosophical, and political thought in the United States continue to shape and influence American society today.
Trace the major socioeconomic and technological developments that shaped the United States and differentiated its distinct geographic regions.
6. Analyze the significance of western expansion in shaping the experiences, identities, and narratives of various demographic groups in American society.
7. Discuss the causes and outcomes of the Civil War including its impacts regionally and nationally.
8. Analyze the theses, context, values, perspectives, and facts in primary and secondary sources.
9. Engage in and evaluate historical research using information literacy skills.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Summer 2023 textbook details will be available on 2022-11-28. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

HIS-1211-VO01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


This is a discussion based course where students and faculty will interact via written postings in Canvas several times during the week.

  • Readings in the current edition of the text by John Mack Faragher, et al., Out of Many: A History of the American People.
  • Reading or viewing other supplementary materials as assigned in the weekly modules.
  • Weekly participation in the course discussion.
  • Midterm and final essay exams.

Evaluation Criteria

Class Completion Requirements include:

1. Participation in weekly discussions

2. Submission of reflective midterm and final essay examinations

3. Completion of all assigned readings

4. Development of skills in critical analysis, independent thought, and writing skills as demonstrated in class discussions and essay examinations

  • Discussion Board: 50%
  • Midterm Exam: 25%
  • Final Exam: 25%

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


A Continent of Villages: When Worlds Collide


Text, chapters 1 and 2; supplementary materials as indicated in module


Online discussion; readings/videos



Planting Colonies in North America; Slavery and Empire


Text, chapters 3 and 4; supplementary materials as indicated in module


Online discussion; readings/videos



The Cultures of Colonial North America; From Empire to Independence


Text, chapters 5 and 6; supplementary materials as indicated in module


Online discussion; readings/videos



The American Revolution; The New Nation


Text, chapters 7 and 8; supplementary materials as indicated in module


Online discussion; readings/videos



An Empire for Liberty


Text, chapter 9; supplementary materials as indicated in module


Online discussion; readings/videos



Midterm Exam


Essays as assigned in module



The South and Slavery; The Growth of Democracy


Text, chapters 10 and 11; supplementary materials as indicated in module


Online discussion; readings/videos



Industry and the North; Immigration, Urbanization, and Social Reform


Text, chapters 12 and 13; supplementary materials as indicated in module


Online discussion; readings/videos



The Territorial Expansion of the United States; The Coming Crisis


Text, chapters 14 and 15; supplementary materials as indicated in module


Online discussion; readings/videos



The Civil War


Text, chapter 16; supplementary materials as indicated in module


Online discussion; readings/videos





Text, chapter 17; supplementary materials as indicated in module


Online discussion; readings/videos



Final Exam


Essays as assigned in module


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Students should visit the class site several times during the week's class session and:

1) Post a response of about 200 words (more or less) to one of the instructor's discussion questions each week

2) Post a question about the week's reading assignment

3) Respond to some of your classmates' questions

4) Participate as much as possible in general class discussion throughout each weekly class session. Students who wait until the last days of the class session to post their initial responses will lose points; posting often and with substantive quality enhances the weekly discussion grade.

5) Submission of Midterm and Final Essay exams are required. The essays should follow standard essay format which includes an introductory paragraph, thesis statement, supporting evidence and conclusions. Any research material MUST be cited and sources should be listed at the conclusion of the paper. Proper spelling, grammar, format and other writing conventions will be considered within the grade.

Missing & Late Work Policy

This is a discussion class, requiring weekly participation in the discussion forum. Although the weekly class session gives students nearly an entire week to fully complete the requirements, students should try to enter the class discussion before the weekend and post in the discussion thread several times during the week, not at the virtual last minute.

Interacting with classmates is an essential part of our online discussions and this component of the class cannot be made up after the close of the class session. Late work is not accepted except in emergency situations, and full credit cannot be earned when the discussion element is lacking. In the case of an extenuating circumstance, please communicate as early as you can with your instructor about the need to miss class and/or assignments.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.