Andrew Jackson   History 470: Jacksonian American, 1815-48


History 470   --   Georgetown College
Syllabus, Spring Semester, 1994   --   Pawling Hall 105, 3:35-4:50 TTh

Dr. Harold D. Tallant   --   Pawling Hall 206   --   (502) 863-8075
Spring, 1994, Office Hours: 2:30-3:00 Mon. & Wed.
1:00-2:00, 2:30-3:30 Tue. & Thu.

Course Description: This course provides the opportunity for advanced students in history and American studies to gain insight into history by studying one topic in depth. The topic for the spring semester, 1994, is Jacksonian America, 1815-48. Students will study the social, economic, intellectual, religious, and political factors which shaped the period.

Course Objectives: Students will be able to identify and explain the major factors which influenced the development of Jacksonian America. Students will be able to identify and explain the consequences of the Jackson period for American history.


Required Readings


Textbooks: Students are required to read the following books:
These books are available for purchase in the college bookstore. In addition, the books have been placed on reserve in the Cooke Memorial Library for those students who do not wish to purchase the textbooks.

Other Readings: In addition to the books available in the bookstore, the list of required readings includes about 415 pages of material from other articles and books. These readings, which have been placed on reserve in the library, are listed on the schedule below. The instructor may, from time to time, assign additional short readings to supplement the books listed above.


Requirements of the Course

Exams: All exams will be essay exams. Three exams will be given during the course of the semester. Each of these exams will cover about one-third of the course material and will count for 25 percent of the student's final grade. The first two exams have been tentatively scheduled for February 17 and March 31. The third exam will be given during the final exam period on Wednesday, May 11, at 3:00-5:00.

Teaching Assignment and Research Paper: Each student will be responsible for teaching one, 75-minute class period. Each student will also write a paper based on the research for their teaching assignment. While there is no maximum or minimum length required for the research paper, papers of 20 pages are ideal. The grades for the teaching assignment and the research paper will be averaged together and this average will count for 25 percent of the student's final grade. Dates for the teaching assignments are listed on the tentative schedule at the end of the syllabus. The research papers are due on April 26.

Make-Up Assignments: Students will be allowed to make up missed assignments only with the consent of the instructor. Ordinarily, the instructor will accept make-up assignments only in cases of unavoidable student absences, such as those caused by illness or by a death in the immediate family. Students may be required to document the causes of their absences before the make-up work will be accepted by the instructor.



Grading and Evaluation of Students: The following grading scale will be used in this course: A 90.0-100.0; B 80.0-89.9; C 70.0-79.9; D 60.0-69.9; F 59.9 and below. Final semester grades for the course will be determined by counting the course assignments and exams in the following proportions: exam 1-25 percent; exam 2-25 percent; exam 3-25 percent; teaching assignment and research paper-25 percent. Class attendance will also affect the final semester grade. See the section on attendance below.


Attendance Policy & Senior Exams

Attendance: Class attendance will be checked in every class period. At the end of the semester, class attendance will be used in calculating the final semester grade.

Attendance records will be used to determine the final grade of students who are on the borderline between two grades (i.e., students who are within one semester point of the higher grade). In the case of a student who is on the borderline between two grades, the student with 0-1 unexcused absences will receive the higher of the two grades.

Students with 4 or more unexcused absences will receive the following penalties: 4-5 absences-minus one letter grade from semester average; 6-7 unexcused absences-minus two letter grades from semester average; 8 or more unexcused absences-the grade of F for the semester.

The following constitute excused absences: (1) illness, with a note from a doctor or the dean; (2) death in the immediate family, with a note from the dean; (3) required appearance in a court of law, with a note from the dean; (4) representing the college in an extracurricular activity, with a note from the faculty or administrative adviser of the activity and the prior approval of the instructor of this course.

Please note that some college extracurricular activities do not justify an excused absence, so prior approval of the absence by the instructor is required. Athletes who plan to miss class for a game must notify the instructor before each absence to receive an excused absence. Students who plan to miss class for outside jobs, job interviews, job fairs, weddings, vacations, completing assignments for other courses, etc., should save their cuts for these purposes.

Students who arrive late to a session of the class should check with the instructor at the end of that class session to be certain that their attendance has been recorded.

Senior Final Exam Policy: Graduating seniors who will finish their degree requirements in May, 1994, may be eligible for exemption from the third exam. To be eligible for exemption, such students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better and an average grade of B or better on all course work completed in History 312 before the third exam. In the case of such students, their grade on the third exam will be estimated in the following manner: (1) the student's average grade on the first two exams will be calculated, (2) 10 points will be subtracted from this average for each absence from class during the period between the second and third exams, and (3) the remainder will be used as the student's grade on the third exam in calculating the final semester grade. Students whose estimated class average falls within the range 77-82 or 87-92 may be required to take the third exam to determine accurately their final grade.

Auditors: Students who are auditing the course will receive an audit credit only if they have 3 or fewer absences in the class. Auditors are not required to come to class on exam days.


Course Schedule

Schedule: The following schedule should be used as a guide for the completion of assignments and readings.



Jan. 13
Introduction to the Course



Jan. 18
The Market Revolution, 1815-60

Jan. 20
The Market Revolution, 1815-60

Jan. 25
Women and the Evolution of Family Structures

Jan. 27
The Second Great Awakening, 1790s-1830s

Feb. 1
Slavery and Race in Jacksonian America

Feb. 3
Antebellum Reform Movements

Feb. 8
Antebellum Reform Movements

Feb. 10
Romanticism and the American Renaissance

Feb. 15

Feb. 17
Exam 1 will be given February 17.



Feb. 22
The Era of Good Feelings, 1815-24

Feb. 24
Bad Feelings in the Era of Good Feelings, 1815-24

Mar. 1
The Democratization of American Society

Mar. 3
The Adams Administration and the Elections of 1824 and 1828

Mar. 8
Organizing the Jackson Administration

Mar. 10
Jackson's Indian Removal Policy

Mar. 15
The Nullification Crisis

Mar. 17
The Bank War and the Economic Crisis of the 1830s

Mar. 22

Mar. 24

Mar. 29
The Creation of the Second American Party System, 1833-36

Mar. 31
Exam 2 will be given March 31.

Apr. 5
The Van Buren, Harrison, and Tyler Administrations, 1837-45

Apr. 7
Party Ideology in the Second American Party System, 1830s-50s

Apr. 12
Policy Conflicts in the Second American Party System, 1830s-50s



Apr. 14
The Origins of Manifest Destiny, 1820s-30s

Apr. 19
The High Tide of Manifest Destiny, 1840s

Apr. 21
The Origins of the Mexican War, 1842-46

Apr. 26
The Mexican War, 1846-48

Apr. 28
The Mexican War, 1846-48

May 3
The Mexican War in American Culture



May 11
Exam 3 will be given on Wednesday, May 11, at 3:00-5:00.



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