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Mount San Antonio College - History 1

Dr. Leleua Loupe Office Hours: T/th 7-8AM 26B - 2481B
Leleualoupe@hotmail.com Contact: 951-990-1853
** I will only respond to e-mails from the above account. I will not respond to e-mails on the campus e-mail.

United States History 1: Memorial History of America
8:30 - 9:25 T/Th Section CRN# 20481 Meets in Room 26A - 1831
9:45-11:10 Section CRN# 20490 Meets in Room 26D-2421
11:30-12:55 Section

CRN# 20495

Meets in room 11-2105

Course Description

This course is an overview of American history beginning with an introduction to the diverse cultures of pre-contact America and ending in the Twenty first century. Social, political, economic developments will be emphasized and students will confront subjects that deal with race, class and gender relations throughout American history. We will also examine the historiography of major historical events and issues, historical accuracy and myth making in American Popular history.

Goals and Objectives:
  1. To follow directions, be accountable and responsible for learning the information shared in class including reading assignments, audio and visual resources.
  2. To understand critically the historical development of American institutions and values and their impact on the individual and collective lives of Americans.
  3. Recognize the significance of cultural, intellectual, ethical, economic, and political struggles that have shaped American society over time.
  4. Understand critically the historical development of American institutions and values and their impact on the individual and collective lives of Americans.
  5. Recognize the significance of the interactionof ethnic and other social groups to the historicaldevelopment of American society, institutions, and values within contexts of accommodation and resistance.
  6. Understand critically how government under the Constitution of the United States has shaped American society.
  7. Critically situate changes in American society within the context of global events.
  8. Analyze primary source materials, engage in critical and constructive discussions, and communicate effectively in writing.
Required Texts:
  1. Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States
  2. http://www.historyisaweapon.com/zinnapeopleshistory.html
  3. Red Eagle, Phillip H. Red Earth: A Vietnam Warrior’s Journey Salt Publishing, 2007
  4. Loewen, James, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Text Books Got Wrong
  5. Video Links
Course Requirements:
Midterm 30%
Final Exam 30%
Participation &
30% Discussion
RedEagle 10%


Click to download the Participation Rubric
Basic writing mechanics
Critical Thinking and Reading Guide

Participation and Exam Preparation
I expect you to do the work necessary to master the content of the class of which includes knowledge shared through reading assignments, lectures, discussion and films. I suggest you keep a journal in which, at the very least, you answer the question prompts and identify the key words listed on each power point. If you would like to earn an A in the class do include notes on the films and reading assignments, of which I usually have study guides available that will indicate specific information on which you may be tested.  If you would like me to take a look at your note taking I can make suggestions about how to improve your methods of mastering the material and therefore your performance on the exams. Note that participation is a fourth of your grade. Take notes and be prepared to discuss content for each class period.

learning and practicing how to read critically and take notes is critical in mastering the material and doing well in this class. Download the Critical Reading, Thinking and Writing Guide for reference. Keep a Journal of your note taking that you can turn into me for suggestions about how to improve your note taking and examination preparation. click to download Journal rubric

What to expect in Lecture:

A combination of lecture, video and discussion. Exam questions will be derived from lectures predominately and several from videos and chapters discussed in class. You may utilize any of the study guides that I provide to better prepare.

Common Types of Disruptive Classroom Behavior that you may be penalized for:
  1. Grandstanding: Use the classroom for themselves by monopolizing class discussion, speaking protractedly and bombastically on favorite subjects with no regard to relevancy to the discussion.
  2. Sleeping in Class: While passively disruptive, it sends a message to the other students about the quality of the class or teaching. It is disrespectful to the instructor and the other students
  3. Prolonged Chattering: Small cliques of 2-3 students who engage in private conversations or pass notes to each other.
  4. Excessive Lateness: Students who not only come in late, but make an entrance speaking to friends, walking in front of the professor, arranging their belongings.
  5. Noisy Electric Devices: Beepers and pagers going off in class or students talking on the telephone during the class.
  6. Disputing the Instructor’s Authority or Expertise: Students may be disappointed or frustrated over a grade and may debunk or devalue the instructor’s judgment, authority, and expertise. This may take the form of comments in the class or memos to department chair or dean.
If you display any of the above behavior I may ask you to leave the class for the day, week, or permanently or deduct points or value from your final grade. Make-up Policy:

Unless you have pre-arranged an alternative test with me NO MAKE UP EXAMS will be allowed after exams have been taken by the class unless PRE-ARRANGED with me. Do Not Ask.

Academic Dishonesty:

All students are expected to do the work for this course with honesty and integrity. To do otherwise is to break one’s implicit contract with the instructors or with one’s fellow and sister students. Accordingly, anyone who cheats on an examination in any way or who submits work that is not wholly his or her own work will fail this course in its entirety.

Classroom Management:

ELECTRONICS ARE PROHIBITED. If I find a student using any kind of electronic device you will be asked to leave for the day, upon a third classroom removal I will ask the Dean to intervene. IF YOU DO NOT ATTEND CLASS and COMPLETE ASSIGNED COURSE WORK, YOU WILL NOT PASS. I will drop students from class for excessive absences.

All quizzes and exams will be based on all materials shared in class.

Reading and Writing Assignments:

I expect students to complete readings and any related assignments, BEFORE the class for which I list them. Be prepared to discuss each class reading assignment in class.

Grading Papers/Exams:

I will respond to e-mails during office hours and grade papers once a week, I require a 2 week turn-around time to return papers back to you or post grades given my workload. I may respond more frequently and get your papers back to you sooner but you can expect me to be available and respond to your inquiries as explained above.

Class Schedule:

Week 1  
QuizIntroduction to Class
Theme: Pre-contact America
Lecture: Peopling of America & People of the Water
Video: More Than Bows and Arrows
Video Worksheet: More Than Bows and Arrows Worksheet
Discussion: Loewen, "The True Importance of Christopher Columbus" Study Guide
Zinn, “Indians, Columbus and Human Progress”; Pre-contact America & Spider Woman
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Week 2  
QuizTheme: European Contact
Lecture: “Explorers, Conquistadors and Saviors” part I
Video: The Canary Effect
/ The First Settlement
Discussion: Loewen, "The True Importance of Christopher Columbus" Study Guide
Zinn, “Indians, Columbus and Human Progress”
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Week 3  
Theme: European Contact
Lecture: “Explorers, Conquistadors and Saviors” Part II
Video: We Shall Remain Series - After the Mayflower
Video Worksheet: After the Mayflower Worksheet
Discussion: Loewen, “The Truth About the First Thanksgiving”
Loewen, “Red Eyes” Study Guide
Week 4  
QuizTheme: Colonial American Expansion
Lecture: Colonial America and Racial Slavery
Narrated Powerpoint Part I
Narrated Powerpoint Part II
Video Worksheet: Terrible Transformation
Discussion: Zinn, "Drawing the Color Line"
Zinn, "People of Mean and Vile Condition” Study Guides/factors worksheet
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Week 5  
QuizTheme: Revolutionary America
Lecture: Towards Revolution
Video Worksheet: Midwives Tale
African in the Americas
Discussion: Zinn, “Tyranny is Tyranny” and “A Kind of Revolution”
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Week 6  
QuizTheme: Post Revolution and Expansion
Lecture: The New Republic
Video: Westward Expansion
Tecumsehs Vision
Video Worksheet: Tecumseh's Vision Worksheet
Discussion: Zinn, “The Intimately Oppressed”
“As Long as the Grass Grows and River Runs"
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Week 7  
QuizTheme: Industrial and Market Revolution
Lecture: The Market Revolution
Revolt and Reform
Video: One woman One Vote Part I/History of Sex
Trail of Tears
Discussion: Zinn, “Robber Barons and Rebels
Loewen, “Gone with the Wind: The Invisibility of Racism in American History Textbooks"
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Week 8  
QuizTheme: Antebellum South and Gold Rush California
Lecture: Slavery in the South and California
California Gold Rush and Statehood
Gold Rush Narrated
Discussion: Zinn, “We Take Nothing by Conquest Thank God”
Loewen, “The Invisibility of Anti-racism in American History Textbooks”
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Midterm (wk 8)
Bring the completed #882 scantron with name, day and class time to class on Thursday. I will be available by email or phone on tuesdaybut not in class.
Week 9  
Quiz Theme: The Abandonment of Reconstruction
Lecture: Road to Secession
Video: Birth of a Nation/Africans in the Americas
/Slavery by Another Name
Video Worksheet: Africans in the Americas v. 4 worksheet
Discussion: Zinn, “Slavery without Submission, Emancipation without Freedom”
Zinn, “The Other Civil War”
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Week 10  
QuizTheme: Post Reconstruction/ American Imperialism abroad
Lecture: Quest For Empire
Video: Savage Acts
Discussion: Zinn, “Empire and the People”
Zinn, “The Socialist Challenge”
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Week 11 November 3rd & 5th
QuizTheme: Wilson and the Great War & Great Depression
Lecture: The Great War at Home and Abroad
Video Worksheet: The Great War Clips, Armenian Genocide
Discussion: Zinn, “Self Help in Hard Times”
“War is the Health of the State”
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Week 12 November 10th & 12th
QuizTheme: World War II at Home and Abroad
Lecture: War at Home and Abroad & The Cold War
Video: Zoot Suit Riots/ Fidel the Untold Story
Discussion: Zinn, A Peoples War?
Loewen, "Handicapped by History: The Process of Hero Making"
Loewen, "Land of Opportunity"
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Week 13 For Tuesday, November 17th, you will conduct online assignments and will not meet in class. Complete the available worksheets to turn in on Thursday and notes on the film you will watch on tuesday.
QuizTheme: Post WWII and the Rise of Civil Rights
Lecture: US Civil Rights
Video/CD: Citizen King/ Bobby Seale and the Black Panther Party
Discussion: Zinn, “Or Does it Explode?” Loewen, “Watching Big Brother”
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Week 14 For Tuesday, November24th, we will not meet in class. View all parts of Winter Soldier vietnam and take notes to turn in the following week. Also turn in the worksheet on Loewens chapter that is assigned
QuizTheme: Vietnam
Lecture: Vietnam
Video: Winter Soldier Vietnam Part I
Watch all parts of the film and take notes on the themes
Discussion: Loewen, "Vietnam." (no worksheet, take notes)
Red Eagle, Phillip H. Red Earth: A Vietnam Warrior's Journey due (turn in the following week also)
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Week 15 December 1st & 3rd

Theme: The Reagan Revolution
Lecture: The Consolidating the Revolution/ Clinton
Audio/Video: “Crisis in America” Letter to the President” & Chris Hedges/Terrorism: Theirs & Ours
Discussion: Zinn, “Are the 70s Under Control”
Zinn, “Carter-Reagan-Bush”

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Week 16

December 8th & 10th

Final Examination Exam

Bring Scantron 882

8AM class - 8:30 - 10 AM Tuesday December 8th/ 1PM class - Tuesday 10:30 AM - 12PM

9:45 class - 8:30 - 10AM Thursday December 10th