American History to 1877, HIST 1050
CRN 81692, Section 001
MWF: 11 - 11:50 in Brewster D-111
Fall 2017

Dr. Kenneth Wilburn
Office Hours (BA-318): MWF 8:15 - 9 and by Appointment
Office Telephone: 252-328-1029
Academic Home Page:

Course Goals:

Students in HIST 1050 will learn the subject matter of American History to 1877 in provincial, national and global contexts. Jules Benjamin's A Student's Guide to History will introduce students to research methodology, principles, and concepts related to the discipline of history and historical research. Finally, students will learn about history's contribution to general knowledge, as well as how American history teaches us about the human experience.

Discussion and Assignments (40%):

Discussion and presentation assignments are listed here: There you will find details related to our panels and outlines. Students must also complete a take home assignment on Jules Benjamin's A Student's Guide to History, due Wednesday, 30 August. For the list of questions you must answer, see All written work must be submitted via Blackboard.

Book Review (20%):

You must write a 500-word book review of Kenneth Wilburn's Drawing Meaning into History. Your review is due on Wednesday, 13 September. Guidelines are here: Submit your book review via Blackboard.

You will also be assigned to a team to create two drawings: "Draw History" and "Draw the Course: American History to 1877." Each team member will assume a specific responsibility to create and present the team's two drawings in class on Friday, 15 September. Drawings must be uploaded to Blackboard where team members can access them for projection to the class. Assignments and additional instructions will be forthcoming closer to the project.

Exams (40%):

Your mid-semester essay exam (20%) will take place in class on Wednesday, 4 October. Your final essay exam (20%), scheduled for 11 am - 1:30 pm, Monday, 11 December, will take place in our classroom.

Required Texts:

Benjamin, Jules R. A Student's Guide to History.
Wilburn, Kenneth. Drawing Meaning into History.
Zinn, Howard. A People's History of the United States.

Class Attendance Policy:

Seven or more unexcused absences effect failure.

Class Decorum:

Laptops and other communications devices must be turned off before each class. Please enjoy Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, email and your telephone before you enter and after you exit our classroom. Your classmates and I thank you in advance for your good manners and respectful commitment to intellectual engagement in American History to 1877.

Severe Weather:
Emergency Announcements and Hotline:

ECU seeks to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students requesting accommodations
must first go to the Department of Disability Support Services, Slay 138; call 252-737-1016.

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First Online Edition: 18 May 1997
Last Revised: 17 July 2017