United States History to 1877

Western Texas College
Department of Social Sciences

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description: A survey of the social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of the United States from the pre-Columbian era to the Civil War/Reconstruction period. United States History I includes the study of pre-Columbian, colonial, revolutionary, early national, slavery and sectionalism, and the Civil War/Reconstruction eras. Themes that may be addressed in United States History I include: American settlement and diversity, American culture, religion, civil and human rights, technological change, economic change, immigration and migration, and creation of the federal government.
    2. Prerequisites - Student should have a proficiency in reading and writing.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will: 
    1. Create an argument through the use of historical evidence. 
    2. Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources. 
    3. Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on this period of United States history.
  3. Major Course Requirements
    1. Exams:  There will be three to five major exams spaced throughout the semester. Exam questions may include any combination of the following: True/false, multiple choice, fill in the blanks, short answer, and essay.
    2. Departmental Map Test: There will be one departmental map test this semester.  It will cover significant places associated with American History.
    3. Writing Assignments: There will be multiple writing assignments spaced throughout the semester.
    4. Collaborative ExercisesThere will be multiple collaborative exercises spaced throughout the semester. Each of these assignments will require you to work with your peers analyzing/discussing documents, articles, and other information relating to the study of history.
  4. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. America, A Narrative History, by George B. Tindall and others. 9th edition ISBN #  978-0-393-91262-3
  5. Other Policies: Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities.
  6. Course Organization & Tentative Schedule*



Reading Assignments

Week 1

Discovery and Settlement

America, Chapter 1

Week 2

The Colonies and Imperialism

America, Chapter 2

Week 3

From Empire to Independence

America, Chapter 5

Week 4

The American Revolution

America, Chapter 6

Week 5

Shaping a Federal Union

America, Chapter 7

Week 6

The Federalists and the Republicans

America, Chapter 8 & 9

Week 7

Nationalism and Sectionalism

America, Chapter 10

Week 8

The Age of Jackson

America, Chapter 11

Week 9

Economic Growth

America, Chapter 12

Week 10

Religion, Romanticism, and Reform

America, Chapter 13

Week 11

Manifest Destiny

America, Chapter 14

Week 12

The Old South

America, Chapter 15

Week 13

The Crisis of the Union

America, Chapter 16

Week 14

The War of the Union

America, Chapter 17

Week 15


America, Chapter 18

Week 16

Final Exam


*The above schedule, policies, procedures, and assignments in this course are subject to change.




Last Modified: September 5, 2017