HI 375 The American Frontier
S2J 2007 PV
Walker, Bruce L.
Assistant Professor of History/Adjunct Faculty
Ph.D U.S. Military History/ US Military InstitutionM.A. American History/ UMKCB.A. History/English Lit/ Park University
Copley Hall 300---Classroom
5:00 PM on class days
March 13-May 8 2006
5:30 - 9:50 PM
Textbook: 1). ISBN 039304973: Limerick, The Legacy of Conquest, 1ed, Norton 2). ISBN 0669415804: Milner et. al., Major Problems in the History of the American West, 2ed, Houghton Mifflin. 3). ISBN 0312183097: Etulain, Does the Frontier Experience Make America Exceptional, 1ed, Bedford.
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Grading: 100 points MidTerm Exam 250 points Final Exam. 100 points for the 5 issue papers (20 points each). 50 points presentation of the first issue paper (each student will present a paper and be graded on that presentation. Total 500 points.
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Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Class Activities Assignments Meeting - 1 Introduction, Western History, Western Exploration, Mountain Men and the Fur Trade. Readings: Does the Frontier Make America Exceptional? Read the entire book. Meeting - 2 The Settler's Migration West. Readings: Limerick Chapter 2 Part I, pp. 55-62; Meeting - 3 The Conquest of the West: The Native Americans, the Federal government's role and the Army Readings: Limerick Chapters 3 and 6; Major Problems Chapter 3, pp. 82-96; Meeting - 4 The Economics of the Frontier: Cowboys, Ranchers, and Sodbusters? Readings: Limerick Chapter 4 pp 124-133; Major Problems Chapter 6 (all) and Chapter 10 pp. 354- 359 and pp. 370-378. Meeting - 5 The Economics of the Frontier II: Railroads, law and order, towns and mining Readings: Limerick Chapter 2 parts 2 and 3, pp. 62-73 and Chapter 4 pp. 97-124; Major Problems Chapter 9 Meeting - 6 People of the west Readings: Limerick Chapter 8 pp. 280-288; Major Problems Chapter 5 pp. 156-163, 169-181, Chapter 7 (all) and Chapter 8 pp. 268-274 and 280-294 Meeting - 7 Native Americans Hispanics, Asians and African-Americans. Readings: Limerick Chapter 7 (all) and Chapter 8 pp. 259-280; Major Problems Chapter 5 pp. 156-163, 169-181 and Chapter 8 pp. 274-280, 294-302. 1. Meeting - 8 The Frontier legacy. Readings: Limerick Chapter 10 and Major Problems Chapters 1 and 15
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