Course Syllabus

Welcome to History 17.1


Black History Timeline

Course Description

History of the United States through Reconstruction. Here is the Course Outline of Record:

Course Outline


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

1.   Analyze the political, economic, cultural and social developments in U.S. history from pre-colonial times until Reconstruction.
2.   Assess the causes and effects of particular historical events.
3.   Analyze and distinguish between primary and secondary sources as historical evidence.

Class Organization & Time Expectations:

This is a six week course, that will be divided into six, one week modules.      Modules may open a few days early, but that is not guaranteed. Students taking this class are expected to commit the same amount of time as a face to face 3 unit class. So, for this class, you should be spending at least 20 hours per week.

Instructor Contact

Anne Donegan


 I usually respond to emails within 48 hours.  If you don't hear from me by then, PLEASE email me again!

Office Hours  :

Zoom Office Hours:  Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30, if this time doesn't work for you, email me and we can schedule a time that works for both of us.

Zoom link is on the Canvas home page

Required Textbooks

Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty! Volume 1, ---You do not need to buy the In quizitive feature of the book.

Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of an American Slave

You can locate and order textbooks online via the SRJC Bookstore

Important Dates

Day Class Begins:  June 12th.   Day Class Ends:  July 23rd.

Last Day to Drop with refund:  June 16th

Last Day to Drop without a 'W' symbol:  June 21st

Last Day to Drop with a 'W' symbol: July 13th.

Last Day to Opt for Pass/No Pass:  July 23rd

Dropping the Class

If you decide to discontinue this course, it is your responsibility to officially drop it.

For classes that meet online, students who fail to log on and initiate participation by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time of the first day of the class may be dropped by the instructor.

Pass‐NoPass (P/NP)

You may take this class P/NP. You must decide before the deadline, and add the option online with TLC or file the P/NP form with Admissions and Records. With a grade of C or better, you will get P.

 Once you decide to go for P/NP, you cannot change back to a letter grade. If you are taking this course as part of a certificate program, you can probably still take the class P/NP. Check with a counselor to be sure.

Writing Assignments

Assignments are usually due on the last Sunday of a module, but some may be due on a different day of the week.   Each assignment will clearly specify how long it should be, how many points it is worth, and what sources must be used. You can only submit an assignment once. You can not edit your work once it is submitted.  Re-doing assignments after they are graded, is not an option.


College Level Writing: In each module, there will be 4-6  pages (1000-1500 words) of assigned writing. All writing assignments are described in each module. For the first module, spelling, grammar, clarity, etc… will not be part of your grade. But you will get feedback about your ability to write clearly. Starting in Module 2, spelling, paragraph construction, grammar, clarity, etc…will be assessed and figured into each assignment’s final grade. I expect college level writing in every assignment turned in.  Please read the feedback you receive for all of your assignments and use the information when you work on future assignments.


Sources: For each assignment, I will specifically list what sources you must use to answer the assigned questions. These are the ONLY sources that you can use. Using other sources or plagiarism will result in a 0 grade for that assignment, and could lead to disciplinary action with the College. You must answer the questions in your own words, copying sentences, paragraphs, and/or entire sections from our textbook or assigned readings (or really any source) is plagiarism. Please read through the the section about plagiarism at the bottom of this syllabus.

Citations: Be sure to cite when asked. Informal citations are fine.  Examples of informal citations:

 Text book: (Foner, p. 12)

Class Notes:  (Class Notes: Native Americans: 6 Gender Roles).

Film:  (Africans in America)

Douglass:  (Douglass, 45)

When asked to cite from a number of sources, using different chapters from the textbook or different sections of a Class Notes, does not count as a different source.


Late Policy

   There are two late passes available in this course.  

1.  Late Pass #1 has no points deducted.  

2.  Late Pass #2 will include a 25% point deduction.

A late pass can be used for an individual assignment, not for an entire module.

There are two Late Pass Folders that can be found in the most recently opened module, these will move from Module 1 to Module 2, etc.....    You have 8 days to pass in late work.  Submit your work in these folders.  The specific due dates for late work for each module is listed in the folders.   

The midterm, the Douglass assignment, and  Module 6 assignments can not be passed in late.

Extra Credit

B. Extra Credit: There are usually no extra credit assignments available for this course. This is the case since there are 20 plus assignments already included in this course, so if you do poorly on a few assignments, there are still plenty of opportunities to improve your grade. 


Grading Policy

Click the “Grades” link in Canvas to keep track of your grades. I will post grades and comments in the Canvas grade book. Modules 1, 2, 4 & 5 will be worth 75 points, while Modules 3 & 6, will be worth 100 points.   There are 500 possible points in the course.

Grades will be assigned as follows:

In order to get an A you need to earn 450 points or have an 90% or higher.

In order to get a B, you need 400-449, or have 80%-89%.

In order to get a C, you need a 350-399, or 70%-79%.


If taking Pass/No Pass you need to earn 350 points to pass the class.

Standards of Conduct & Plagiarism

Students who register in SRJC classes are required to abide by the SRJC Student Conduct Standards. Violation of the Standards is basis for referral to the Vice President of Student Services or dismissal from class or from the College. See the SRJC Policy on Student Conduct and Discipline Due Process

Collaborating on or copying of tests or homework in whole or in part will be considered an act of academic dishonesty and result in a grade of 0 for that test or assignment. Students are encouraged to share information and ideas, but not their work. See these links on Plagiarism:
SRJC Writing Center Lessons on avoiding plagiarism
SRJC's statement on Academic Integrity


You can not use outside sources.   If you copy and paste from outside sources, you will get a 0 on the assignment and an Academic Dishonesty report will be submitted to the Dean of Student Services.

Special Needs

Every effort is made to conform to accessibility standards for all instructor-created materials. Students should contact their instructor as soon as possible if they find that they cannot access any course materials. Students with disabilities who believe they need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact Disability Resources (527-4278).

Course Schedule

Module 1: Different Worlds Colliding: Europeans, Native Americans, & Africans. Foner, chapters 1 & 2.

Module 2: Challenging Empire, War for Independence, and Enforcing Slavery. Foner, chapters 3-6.

Module 3: Building a New Republic, Chapters 7-9 in Foner 

Module 4: Industrialization and Antebellum Reform, Foner, chapters 10-11  and Douglass

Module 5: Sectional Conflict, War, Chapters 12-13 in Foner

Module 6: Civil War & Reconstruction Foner: Chapters 14 &15



List of Assignments

Note to students: the assignments listed below do not include all course content. To view all course content, go to Modules. Also the dates below may or may not be correct. Please go to Modules for all correct dates.


Course Summary:

Date Details Due