Prince George's Community CollegeWelcome to History of the United States I

HST 141

Spring 2005


INSTRUCTOR:  M. L. Kerns-Nocerito, Ph.D.

Dept. of History, Political Science and Geography





CLASS MEETING INFORMATION: Marlboro Hall Room 2067, 12:00 to 12:50 PM

OFFICE:                          Marlboro Hall Room: 2006

OFFICE HOURS:           Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 to 10:50 AM

PHONE NUMBER:       English and Humanities Secretary: 301-322-0562

MAIL BOX:                    Marlboro Hall Room 2054






History 141 surveys the major personalities and events that have shaped and molded the United States from the earliest colonial settlement through the Civil War and Reconstruction period.  The course examines the political, economic, social and the intellectual forces that shaped American society during the early years of the nation.

 In order for students to gain a better understanding of the nation’s past, considerable attention is focused on the origins and experiences of the American people from diverse ethnic groups and cultural backgrounds.  The course will also examine the conditions and trends associated with out early national development, which paved the way for both the problems and achievements of the United Sates in contemporary times.




Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast the reasons for settlement and the development of English colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries.
  2. Identify and explain how colonial political, economic, and social development led to the American Revolution and the U.S. Constitution.
  3. Compare and contrast the political parties’ positions of constructional issues in the first half of the 19th century.
  4. Identify and explain the events that defined American continental expansion in the first half of the 19th century.
  5. Identify and evaluate the economic, social and political institutions that eventually divided the nation and lead to the Civil War.


TEXTBOOK:  Allan Brinkley, The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People Volume I: to 1877 4th Edition.  (New York: McGraw Hill, 2004).





Grade Breakdown



Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Average of all 4

Monday March 7, 2005

Monday April 4, 2005

Monday April 25, 2005

Midterm EXAM Friday, March 18, 2005


Term Project DUE Friday April 22, 2005

Attendance & Class Participation


Final EXAM    TBA


Total Grade Based on …


Grades are based on a 100-point scale as follows:


A = 90-100

B = 80-89

C = 70-79

D = 60-69

F = 50-59










  • The Term Project (to be assigned) will count for 20% of the final grade and must be completed to pass the class: DUE in class Friday April 22, 2005


  • Attendance and Class Participation will count for 5% of the final grade and will be used at the instructor’s discretion when deciding a close letter grade.



  • All students are required to attend class.  Failure to do so will negatively effect your final grade.
  • Unexcused absentees on the day of a Quiz or Exam must be discussed with the instructor during posted office hours or by making an appointment.  A makeup assignment will be provided on a case-by-case bases.






Reading for the Week


Week 1

Monday, January 24, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "The Meeting of Cultures" Chapter 1 pgs 2- 25.


Wednesday, January 26, 2005


Friday, January 28, 2005


Week 2

Monday, January 31, 2005



Wednesday, February 02, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "Transplantation and Borderlands" Chapter 2 pgs 26- 57.


Friday, February 04, 2005


Week 3

Monday, February 07, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "Society and Culture in Provincial America" Chapter 3 pgs 58-89.


Wednesday, February 09, 2005


Friday, February 11, 2005


Week 4

Monday, February 14, 2005



The Unfinished Nation: "The Empire in Transition" Chapter 4 pgs 90-116.




Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Quiz 1

Friday, February 18, 2005

Chaps 1-3


Week 5

Monday, February 21, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "The American Revolution" Chapter 5 pgs 116-145.


Wednesday, February 23, 2005


Friday, February 25, 2005


Week 6

Monday, February 28, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "The Constitution and the New Republic" Chapter 6 pgs 146-165.


Wednesday, March 02, 2005


Friday, March 04, 2005


Week 7

Monday, March 07, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "The Jeffersonian Era" Chapter 7 pgs 166-199.

Quiz 2

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Chaps 4-6

Friday, March 11, 2005


Week 8

Monday, March 14, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "Varieties of American Nationalism" Chapter 8 pgs 200-221.


Wednesday, March 16, 2005


Friday, March 18, 2005

 (Chaps 1-8)

Week 9

Monday, March 21, 2005



Wednesday, March 23, 2005


Friday, March 25, 2005


Week 10

Monday, March 28, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "Jacksonian America" Chapter 9 pgs 222-247.


Wednesday, March 30, 2005


Friday, April 01, 2005


Week 11

Monday, April 04, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "America's Economic Revolution" Chapter 10 pgs 248-279.

Quiz 3

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Chaps 7-9

Friday, April 08, 2005


Week 12

Monday, April 11, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "Cotton, Slavery and the Old South" Chapter 11 pgs 280-303.


Wednesday, April 13, 2005


Friday, April 15, 2005


Week 13

Monday, April 18, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "Antebellum Culture and Reform" Chapter 12 pgs 304-329.


Wednesday, April 20, 2005


Friday, April 22, 2005

Term Project Due

Week 14

Monday, April 25, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "The Impending Crisis" Chapter 13 pgs 330-359.

Quiz 4

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Chaps 10-3

Friday, April 29, 2005


Week 15

Monday, May 02, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "The Civil War" Chapter 14 pgs 360-395.


Wednesday, May 04, 2005


Friday, May 06, 2005


Week 16

Monday, May 09, 2005

Final Exam Review

Final Exam
(Chaps 9-14)


Wednesday, May 11, 2005



Friday, May 13, 2005


Monday, May 16, 2005



  • Please show respect to others: all cell phones and pagers must be turned off and put away during class. Eating and drinking are not permitted in the classroom.



Last day to apply for spring graduation                                                                  Tuesday, February 15

Presidents’ Day – College closed - No classes                                                       Monday, February 21                         

Last day to change from "audit" to "credit" or "credit" to "audit"                     Friday, March 4                                   

Spring Break – College closed - No classes                                                            Mon.-Sun., March 21-27

Last day to withdraw from full-semester classes                                                    Friday, April 22

Final exam period/last week of classes                                                                     Tues.-Mon., May 10-16

Commencement, 7 p.m.                                                                                                Thursday, May 26



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