Professor Paul G. E. Clemens  
Office: Van Dyck 217B;  Contact:

512:103: Sections 1-7 (Regular Lecture) & 512:107:R1  (Gateway)

Assisted by Eric Barry, Elisabeth Eittreim, and Matt Roth 


History Department Statement on Mutual Responsibilities and Classroom Etiquette

History Department Statement on Plagiarism

This class is designed to provide you with a broad overview of American history from its Indian, African, and European origins to the fighting of the Civil War. Students meet in a large lecture room for most of the semester, but also take a discussion section which six times during the semester replaces one of the week's lectures.  We pay particular attention to the following themes: the European and African background of American colonization; the encounters between cultures in the "New World" and Native American history; the causes, fighting and consequences of the American Revolution (and its relationship to the Constitution); the different paths of development of North and South; slavery, abolition, and reform in "ante-bellum" America; African American life before and after the American Revolution; the changing roles and rights of women in early America; the coming and fighting of the Civil War; and "Reconstruction" as it affected African Americans and American politics. 

Each student is required to:

(1) You will have three or four quizzes on the textbook (Liberty, Equality, Power).  Each will be announced and you will be given a set of study questions before each quiz.  The quizzes will require you to write a one-page response to a question based on textbook chapters you have been reading before the date of the quiz.  These will count 10% of your grade.   You will also have multiple choice quizzes on the text  that will be used at the end of lectures to check attendance and which will count as extra credit.   

 (2) Write short essays (3-5 pages) on  Colonial Era and City of Eros (40% of grade).

(3) Take a mid-term and a final (40% of grade).   The mid-term will include document response questions from Discovering the American Past.  The final will include questions from The March.  There will be questions on both exams that ask you to respond to the lectures and textbook reading.  You will receive review questions before the exam.  Please note the final is Wednesday, December 23rd, 12-3pm.

 (4) Attend discussion sections on designated Thursdays (or Tuesdays) during the semester (meets instead of not in addition to every other Thursday lecture) and participate in discussion of assigned documents from Wheeler and Becker, Discovering the American Past (DAP).  For discussion session, you may be asked to submit a short statement (1-2 pages) that week, usually on the documents in DAP.   Discussion and the written document responses (based on DAP) will constitute 10% of your grade. 

(5) Attend class. Beginning Thursday, Sept. 10th, you are expected to sign-in BEFORE class and attend the entire class. More than three unexcused absences will lower your grade one letter grade. Six unexcused absences from lecture and discussion will result in failure. Excused absences (for medical, religious, legal reasons, family emergencies, or, intercollegiate athletic competition with written documentation) do not count in this total.  Multiple late arrivals (ie, three) will count as an absence.  Signing in and leaving early (without notifying your instructor) is a triple absence--quizzes given at the end of lecture will be used to check attendance.  STUDENTS WHO ATTEND EVERY CLASS (except for excused absences) WILL GET A BONUS ON THE FINAL EXAM (enough to raise a B- to a B, or a B+ to an A- , that is, one grade level).

The reading and paper assignments are drawn from the following five books, all of which should be purchased at the Rutgers Bookstore (or on-line):

John Murrin et al., Liberty, Equality, Power: Volume I to 1877: Enhanced Concise Edition.  4th ed.,  (Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, 2009) ISBN: 0495566349.  Earlier editons can be substituted (and are less expensive).

William Wheeler and Susan Becker, Discovering the American Past: A Look at the Evidence, Volume I. 6th ed. (Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, 2007).  ISBN: 061852259X. price $59.35 (used prices considerably less expensive, but try to get 6th edition).

Paul G. E. Clemens, ed., The Colonial Era: A Documentary Reader (Wiley/Blackwell, 2008).  ISBN: 978-14051-5662-2.. price $29.85 (used from about $9 plus shipping).

Timothy Gilfoyle, City of Eros: New York City, Prostitution, and the Commercialization of Sex, 1790-1820  (W.W. Norton, 1994).  ISBN: 0393311082. price $13.57.

El. L. Doctorow, The March: A Novel.  (Random House, 2006).  ISBN: 0812976150. price $10.17

There is an optional $3.00 fee due at the time of the mid-term for the photocopies that will be distributed to those who wish to receive them at each lecture. You may download the lecture outlines from the on-line syllabus instead.  The maps and documents, however, are only available as handouts.  You will receive an outline and map for the first class (Leiws&Clark), but will need to sign-up if you wish to receive these outlines thereafter.

1. Sept. 1: (Tuesday):  Introduction - Lewis and Clark

2. Sept. 3:  Columbus: Discovery and Invasion of a `New World
Readings: Discovering the American Past,  Chapter 1 (First Encounters)
Clemens, Colonial Era, Chapters 2 & 3

Note: Tuesday, Sept. 8th we follow a Monday class schedule -- no US survey class that day

3. Sept. 10 (Thursday):    Spanish and African Settlers  Note: attendance taken from here on.         

Liberty, Equality, Power, Ch. 2 (Challenge to Spain and Settlement of North America).                              
                                Clemens, Colonial Era, Chapters 1 & 4                           

4. Sept. 15:  The English Arrive

Readings:  Discovering the American Past, Ch. 2 (Threat of Anne Hutchinson)            5. Sept. 17:  The Indians' New World   (See Also: Huron Creation Story

6. Sept. 22 (Tuesday):  Puritan New England
 Readings: Clemens,  Colonial Era,  Chapters 5 & 6
7.   Sept. 24:  DISCUSSION: Discovering the American Past,  Chapters. 1 and 2, Colonial Era, Chapters 1-4

8. Sept. 29:   Southern Colonies

                    Readings: Liberty, Equality Power, Ch. 3 (England Discovers Its Colonies)
                                 Discovering the American Past , Chapter 3 (Colonial Chesapeake)
                  Clemens, Colonial Era, Chapter 7
9. Oct. 1:  America in 1750

                    Readings: Liberty, Equality, Power,  Ch. 4 (Provincial America)                                      
Clemens, Colonial Era, Chapters 9, 11, and 12

10. Oct. 6:   Coming of the American Revolution Readings: Liberty, Equality Power, Ch. 5 (Reform, Resistance, Revolution)
                   Discovering the American Past,  Ch. 4 (Boston Massacre)
                   Clemens,  Colonial Era, Chapters 8, 10, 16       
11. Oct. 8 (Thursday):  DISCUSSION: Discovering the American Past, Chapter 4

                    Readings: Clemens, Colonial Era,  Chapters 13-15


12. Oct. 13:  American Revolution
             Paper Due on Clemens, Colonial Era
13. Oct. 15:   Experiments: State and Federal Constitutions

Discovering the American Past,  Chapter 6 (First American Party System)

14. Oc
t. 20:  Alexander Hamilton and the Struggle to Create a National Government           
                Readings:  Liberty, Equality, Power, Ch. 7 (Democratic Republic) 
                                    Gilfoyle, City of Eros, Introduction, Chapters 1-3 (thru page 75)

15. Oct. 22:  DISCUSSION: Discovering the American Past
, Chapter 5 (First American Party System)

16. Oct. 27 (Tuesday):   Mid-Term Examination

17.  Oct. 29: Defining an Empire of Liberty

        Readings: Liberty, Equality, Power, Ch. 8  (Completing the Revolution)
                            Discovering the American Past, Chapter 6 (Removal of the Cherokees)
Gilfoyle, City of Eros, Chapters 4-5  (pp. 76-116)

18.  Nov. 3:  Jacksonian Politics, and the 2nd Party System

        Readings: Liberty, Equality, Power, Ch. 12 (Jacksonian Democracy)
                             Gilfoyle, City of Eros, Chapters 6-8  (pp. 117-178)

19.  Nov. 5: DISCUSSION: Discovering the American Past, Chapter 6 (Removal of the Cherokees)

          Readings: Liberty, Equality, PowerCh. 9 (Market Revolution)

20. Nov. 10:  Northern Society

        Readings: Liberty, Equality, Power, Ch. 10 (Toward an American Culture)
                            Discovering the American Past, Ch. 7 (Working Girls of Lowell)

                            Gilfoyle, City of Eros, Chapter 9 (pp. 179-196).  --

                            Paper Due on Gilfoyle

21. Nov. 12: The World the Slaves Made        

        Readings: Discovering the American Past, Chapter 8 (Slaves Tell Their Own Stories) 
                          Liberty, Equality, Power, C
h. 11  (Society, Culture and Politics)

22.  Nov. 17:  Standard Lecture:   Revivals and Reform    Guest lecture:  Reform in the Era of Revivals 

       Reading: Liberty, Equality, Power, Ch. 13 (Manifest Destiny)

                       Doctorow, The March,  Part I

23. Nov. 19: DISCUSSION: Discovering the American Past, Ch. 7 (Working Girls) and Ch. 8 (Slaves Tell Their Own Stories)   

24.  Nov. 24 (Tuesday): Coming of the Civil War: Slavery in the Territories

      Reading: Liberty, Equality, Power, Ch. 14 (Gathering Storm)
Doctorow, The March,  Part II         

                         HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING

25. Dec 1:  Lincoln‑Douglas Debate and the Coming of the Civil War    

       Reading: Liberty, Equality, Power,  Ch. 15 (Secession and Civil War)
                         Discovering the American Past, Chapter 9 (Annexation of Texas) and Ch. 10 (Port Royal Experiment)

26. Dec. 3:  DISCUSSION: The March, Part I - be ready to explain the role of at least two characters in the first part of the novel.

        Readings: Doctorow, The March, Part III       

27. Dec. 8:  The Civil War

       Reading: Liberty, Equality, Power,  Ch. 15 (New Birth of Freedom)

28. Dec. 10: Reconstruction

      Reading:  Liberty, Equality, Power, Ch. 17 (Reconstruction).

The Final Exam is Wednesday, December 23rd, 12-3pm , College Avenue Gym Annex

Beginning Thursday, September 24th (or Tuesday Sept. 22nd), discussion sections will replace Thursday lectures approximately every second week. Your section will either meet on Tuesday or Thursday (depending on which section you registered for). During a week when there is discussion, there will not be a Thursday lecture, but there will be Tuesday lectures. Some of you (those in Sections 1) will go to discussion and lecture on Tuesday and not have class on Thursday.  The rest of you (Sections 2‑7) will attend lecture on Tuesday and discussion on Thursday that week. 

Gateway students will meet in discussion every week, beginning the first week of class.  On weeks when there is no scheduled discussion, Gateway meets 5th period Thursdays in HH-B2.  On weeks when there is discussion, Gateway students meet with the discussion section (also 5th period, HH-B2). See your Gateway instructor.

Section 1 Tues  3rd Per Matt Roth
Scott 106
Section 2 Thur 3rd Per Elisabeth Eittreim
Scott 214
Section 3 Thur 4th Per Paul G. E. Clemens VD-211
Section 4 Thur 4th Per Eric Barry
Section 5 Thur 4th Per Matt Roth
Section 6 Thur 4th Per Elisabeth Eittreim
Educ 25B
Section 7 Thur 5th Per Eric Barry
Gateway Thur 5th Per Eric Barry

Updated November 28, 2009.