History 221

Friday 6-10pm

Course at a Glance
Students will complete:
  • 3 essays
  • 1 group presentation
  • 1 individual presentation
  • Weekly response journals to the textbook reading assignment and preparation of discussion questions
  • Lead discussion and/or activities for one chapter (in groups)
  • Various in class participation assignments
  • Chapter quizzes
  • Midterm Exam
  • Benchmark Assignment/Final Exam


Class Meeting
Class Discussion Topic/Due in Class
Week1: July 22
Course Overview, Class intro, major assignments, review
Week 2: July 29
Chapters 16 and 17. Syllabus Quiz
  • Read chapters 18 and 19, response paper
Week 3: August 5
Chapters 18 and 19. Quiz 1. Workshop draft of first essay due.
  • Read chapters 21 and 22, response paper
Week 4: August 12
Chapters 21 and 22, Essay 1 due
  • Read chapters 23, 24, response paper.
Week 5: August 19
Chapters 23, 24. Quiz 2
  • Read chapters 25, 26, response paper, prepare for midterm
Week 6: August 26
Midterm. Chapters 25, 26
  • Read chapter 27, response paper
Week 7: September 2
Chapter 27 Prepare for group Presenations. Workshop draft of 2nd essay due
  • Read chapters 28, 29, response paper
Week 8: September 9
Group Presentations. Chapters 28, 29. Essay 2 due
  • Read chapter 30, response paper
Week 9: September 16
Chapter 30. Quiz 3.
  • Read chapter 31 and 32, response paper
Week 10: September 23
Quiz 4. Chapters 31-32. Prepare final presentations/papers. Workshop draft of final essay due
  • Final paper and presentation
Week 11: September 30
  • Final Projects Due/Presentations
  • Benchmark/Final exam

Topics for Discussion:
Chapter 16:
  1. What was the Compromise of 1877. Who was involved in the deal and what were each side’s
motivations to “mend” sectional strife? To what extent were the terms of the compromise
realized? What impact would the compromise have on the legacy of Reconstruction?

2 What were the differences and similarities between the disputed election of 1876 and the disputed election of 2000. Why were these two elections disputed? How did the South and race issues figure into these disputes? How was each election resolved? Do students feel that each resolution was constitutional?

Chapter 17:
1. Research one of the Native American religions, such as the Ghost Dance religion, that was
targeted by the federal government for annihilation. Describe the components of the religion
and the means used by missionaries and federal agencies to destroy the practice of the religion.

2 What was the role of blacks in the military during the late nineteenth century. Why did blacks
not object to fighting and subjugating other dark-skinned races at this time? What does this
tell you about them and about idea of “colored” people?

3 How did the incorporation of western territories into the United States affect Indian nations
such as the Sioux or the Nez Percé? What were the causes and consequences of the Indian
Wars, the significance of reservation policy, and the impact of the Dawes Severalty Act on
tribal life? What were some of the major technological advances in mining and agriculture that
promoted the development of the western economy?