History 81-History of Working People in the United States I

Spring, 2013, Section #0747, 9:35-11 a.m. TTh-NEA-128

Dr. Ellen Joiner, NEA-181, Office Phone:  310-233-4582

e-mail:  joinere@lahc.edu

Office hours:  8-9:30, 12:45-1:15p.m., TTh or by appointment

Study materials at www.myetudes.org

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 Course Summary: 

ďWeíve taught about the Carnegies and the Fords, and all of those millionaires, but not what working people do.Ē Dolores Huerta, co-founder UFW

This course studies the history of American labor from the colonial era through Reconstruction.  Colonial development, revolution, the early republic, the ante-bellum period, the Civil War and Reconstruction are viewed through the eyes of Americaís multicultural working people.  Emphasis is also placed upon the defining role of the American Constitution and its impact upon labor.

 History 81 Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

1)  Define historical methodology and sources in the context of U.S. labor history.

2)  Formulate a chronology of the American colonial era.

3)  Compare the ideological and economic motives of Spanish, French, Dutch, and English colonization in the Western Hemisphere.  Clarify the impact of these motives on native and African peoples.

4)  Identify the economic and political institutions of colonial America and explain working peoplesí adaptations to these institutions in various social and physical environments.

5)  Analyze social classes and their stance toward the American Revolution.

6)  Assess the impact of independence and government-building on working people through primary documents (Declaration of Independence, Articles and Confederation, and the Constitution).

7) Trace the development of American sectionalism between the free labor North and slave labor South and clarify the governmental efforts to resolve this divide.

8)  Evaluate class development in the ante-bellum period comparing the experiences, of industrialists, merchants, planters, and professionals with those of skilled workers, laborers, farmers, slaves, and Native Americans.

9)  Summarize the causes of the Civil War and compare the warís impact on the North, South, and West.

10) Appraise the transformation of labor relations in the North and South in the Reconstruction era.

 Required Books:

            Roy Rosenzweig, et.al., Who Built America? Working People and the Nationís History, vol. 1, 3rd ed., Boston: Bedford/St. Martinís, 2008.

            The textbook is available in the Harbor College Bookstore.  Copies are also on reserve in the Harbor College Library.  Students should also purchase 3 multiple choice-essay forms for the examinations.


1)      Attendance: Regular and prompt attendance in class is required.  Students not in class when the roll is taken will be counted absent.  More than two unexcused absences could result in a lowering of the grade or a studentís being dropped from the class.  It is important to eliminate as many distractions as possible and to create a class environment in which every student can learn. Please bring your textbook to class each day, mute your cell phones, and do not text in class.

2)      Instructor Conference: In the first six weeks of the class all students are required to attend a short conference with the instructor to discuss individual progress in the course.  The conference may be scheduled during instructor office hours or at another more convenient time. (10 pts.)

3)       Etudes Textbook Tools: http://myetudes.org  In the first week of the class you should purchase the textbook. If you need help paying for books and other college expenses, call the Financial Aid Office at 310-233-4320 in the Student Services/ Administration Building-AD125or contact http:www.lahc.edu/finaid Also go to www.ellenjoiner.com and listen to Analyzing Primary Sources at Week 1 on the schedule. If you are unable to purchase the text during the first week use the book that is on reserve in the Library. After looking through the text and listening to Analyzing Primary Sources, take the Textbook Tools quiz at Etudes to familiarize yourself with the organization of the text and to insure that you know how to use it effectively in the course.  To access Etudes go to myetudes.org.   User ID is the first two letters of your first name + the first two letters of your last name + the last 5 numbers of your student ID number.  Password is month and day of birth (two digits each). Please be sure to use lower case.

4)      Etudes Modules: Each chapter of Who Built America? has an accompanying Module that lists important identifications and terms for the chapter. The Modules work as a study guide to help you read through the text and to help you prepare for the exams. No written work is required for the Modules.

5)      Etudes Practice Tests: Each chapter in your text has an accompanying practice test to help you review the material that you have been assigned.  After completing your reading assignment you should complete the multiple choice test at Etudes and submit it.  The practice tests are not timed so you can take as much time as you need.  Your test scores will count toward your final point total and your final grade so it is important that you complete the tests each week and on time.

6)      Examinations:  Exams will be administered in class.  The exams will be based on text reading, class discussion, vocabulary, and chronology.  The three exams will be a combination of matching, true/false, and chronology. (50 pts/exam)

7)      Essays: Four 3-page essays that evaluate assigned primary sources are also required for the class. Each essay submission must include an outline, thesis statement, the essay, and a works cited page (Chicago Style). All total each essay will be at least five pages of material (one page outline, three page essay, one page work cited). Essay assignments must be handed in to turnitin.com on the due date.  Late essays will automatically lose five points. (40 pts. each)

8)      Learning Disability: If you have a learning disability please let me know immediately so that you may receive appropriate assistance to help you succeed in the course.


Your grade in History 81 will be based on the points earned from the Textbook Tools quiz, the instructor conference, the Etudes practice tests, examinations, and essays.  The total points will be calculated on a percentage basis of the total number of possible points.  90% of total points will be an A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%=D.


Class Schedule:

WK 1

Feb. 5 


Feb. 7  


 Introduction to Hist.  81 Analyzing a Primary Source

Nuts and Bolts of Hist.  81





PART I-Colonization and Revolution, 1492-1815



Feb. 12


Feb. 14





Three Worlds             







p. 6-20.


c. 1: A Most Horrible Scene, 30-31.

Their Extraordinary Great Labour, 45.

Now They Were as They Had Been, 54.


Feb. 19


Feb. 21

Southern Servitude & Slavery


Southern Slave Societies                                   

p. 62-80: To Be in England, 71.                              


c. 2: Advertisements for Slaves, 92; A Bloody Tragedy, 94; Barns Being Burned, 95.    


Feb. 26



Feb. 28


Family Labor in the North



Rural & Urban Societies                                               


p. 110-127: The 7th of the month, 117.


c. 3: Oak Tree Stumps, 129; Forty Shillings Reward, 145.

PS-1 due


March 5



March 7


Roads to Rebellion                            


Imperial Conflict                                



p.160-180: Have Not Your Purses, 171; Another Race, 177

c.4: In Praise of Liberty, 185; Let Every Man do his Duty, 191; Remember the Ladies, 201.

WK 6

March 12



March 14





 Forming A Nation                                             


p. 210-227: A Natural & Inalienable, 220; A Determined Resolution, 221.

c. 5: They Will Swallow Up All of Us, 243.


March 19


PART II- Free Labor and Slavery, 1790-1850


March 21



Exam I (c. 1-5)





Southern Slavery                                








p. 265-299: We Werenít Allowed, 290; The Bargain Was Agreed, 297.

PS-2 due


March 26



March 28


 The White South



Northern Society                                


 c.6: Let No Man of Us, 310; The Colored Man Has No Redress, 314.


p. 324-341: Harriet Nobleís Life, 333.

Spring Recess

No class



April 9




 April 11


Wage Labor               




 Northern Growth                               



c. 7: No One Ever Hurried, 344; The Natural Tie, 346; This Monopoly Should Be, 353; Cannot Be a Slave, 356.


c. 8: Wretched Indeed, 388; Can This Be the Sabbath?, 405; Nativist & Immigrant Arguments, 408;The Money Power, 413; Repeated Injuries and Usurpations,416


April 16


April 18


Slavery Expansion     


Slavery & the Western Frontier                                  


p. 427-444: So Cheapened the White, 443.

c. 9: Guarded from Want, 453; I Plead the Cause of White, 468.

PS-3 due


April 23


PART III-War, Reconstruction, and Labor, 1848-1877


April 25


Exam 2 (c. 6-9)






Western Settlement                            








p. 427-444


April 30


May 2


Slavery Compromises


The Labor Question                           



p. 499-516


c. 10: An Empty Pocket, 519; You Have Been Brave Enough, 525.


May 7



May 9


Nation Divided



Wartime Realities





p. 533-552: Harriet Tubman Helps Slaves, 548.


c. 11: I Have Never Conceived, 555; A Poor Man, 565; Go Fight for the Negroes, 574; Women & Children, 575.

PS-4 due


May 14




 May 16


Building Free Lives               




Reconstructing the Nation


588-600: There Was Never Any Pay, 593; Itís Slavery Over Again, 596.



c. 12: We Are Willing to Take, 603.

WK 15

May 21



 May 23


Expanding West        



 Americaís Industrial Cycles                                               


p 632-647: Every Lick We Strike, 637; This Was to Be Our Land, 642.


c. 13: Eight Hours & No Surrender!, 657; Narrow & Unjust, 661; Less Than $.25 a Day, 663.


May 30 Thursday 10:30-12:30


Final Exam (c.7-13)





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