Professor Carolyn F. Hoffman

To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.  For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?---Cicero

We fancy men are individuals; so are pumpkins; but every pumpkin in the field goes through every point of pumpkin history.---Ralph Waldo Emerson


Fall 2002
HST 143 Online
Welcome Letter

Fall 2002

Dear Online Student,

Welcome to History 143.9499 Online (United States History from 1865) on the Web.  I am Dr. Hoffman, and I will be your instructor for this course.  HST 143 is a one-semester survey of the history of the United States since 1865.  The course examines the political, diplomatic, economic, and social development of the country with equal emphasis.  I hope you  find this course as interesting as I do.  

Read this letter carefully.

This course runs from August 26 - December 13, 2002.

Orientation is required for this course.  Orientation is scheduled the evening of Thursday, August 22, 2002.  Please check for specific times in mid-August.  If  you have any questions or  problems, please feel free to call me (301-322-0531) or send me an email at hoffmacf@pgcc.eduYour first stop should be at my home page:

Course Materials

You will be able to access course materials beginning August 26, 2002.
The URL for this course is:
You will need a Username and Password to "Log In."

Your first initial and your last name, all in lower case letters.
For example, if your name were Jane Lawrence, your user name would be:     jlawrence

Password:   Your Social Security number (no spaces and no hyphens)

For example, if your social security number is 123-45-6789, then your initial
password is 123456789

You can change your password after you logon. Click on "Personal Information" in the Tools frame and then click on "Change Password."

Blackboard 5.5

Our web course management system will be Blackboard 5.5. Although you cannot access the course materials site until August 26th, you can access information about Blackboard 5.5 and take a self-guided, self-paced tour:

1. Go to:

bulletFrom there, click on "Introducing Blackboard 5.5"

2. Next click on "Demo" under Infrastructure Products.
3. Then read the Demo page and click on "Click here to begin"
    Be sure that your speakers are on.
   You will able to take a self-guided, self-paced tour of Blackboard 5.5

    E-Mail Policy

    Please use the following guidelines when sending e-mail to me.

     1.  In the subject area, enter HST 143 Online and clearly identify the     topic of your query.

     2. I will check my e-mail every business day (Monday through Friday).

     3. Homework assignments will be returned within ten days.  I will           respond as soon as possible.  If your e-mail  is a quick question or comment, I will respond within 24 hours.

Please send me an e-mail from the account that you will use for this course.  Send your e-mail to  I will create an e-mail list for the class.

Because of the nature of this course, it is important that you respect and honor your views as well as the views of your peers.  

Have a great semester,

Dr. Hoffman, Professor of History
Prince George's Community College