HIST 10603-020

Fall 2021


Dr. Gene Allen Smith


America: A Narrative History, vol. 1, 11th ed., George David E. Shi; 

Study Guide;

Website Readings

Class Meeting:

10:00-10:50 MWF, REED 202

Office Hours:

9:00-9:30 & 11-11:30 MWF; & By Appointment!

Contact Info:

RH 222; 817-257-6295; E-mail: g.smith@tcu.edu

Class Info:


Dept. Info:

Major/Minor; Courses


Course Description:
This course is a limited chronicle of the United States. It begins with a discussion of the reasons for European expeditions to the New World and culminates with an examination of the events of Reconstruction. The course surveys political, economic, religious, social, and intellectual changes during the United States' advancement from colony, to fledgling nation, to a country healing from civil war.


Objective of the Course:
The Department of History seeks to educate students in the development of world culture and events and to help students understand historical inquiry so they can think and act as informed and ethical leaders and responsible citizens in a global community.  Through an examination of the major events, personalities, and trends in American history the student should:  A) demonstrate a knowledge of important factual information concerning American history; B) offer analysis of the importance of events; C) identify major trends and developments in various periods and areas within the time span of the course, and explain their major features and lasting impacts; D) evaluate and analyze historical sources and discourse; E) work with primary and secondary sources to support historical interpretation; F) present evidence-based conclusions about issues and problems within the scope of this course; G) understand how the past helps to shape the present and the future; H) develop skills in reading comprehension as well as verbal and written expression of knowledge.

Grading and Examination:
There will be two exams during the semester, plus a non-comprehensive final exam for a total of three exams. Exam 1 & 2 will be 25 multiple-choice (2 points each) questions and the option of one (50 points) or two essays (25 points each) for a total of 100 points. The final exam will be 50 multiple-choice (1 point each) questions and the option of one (50 points) or two essays (25 points each) for a total of 100 points. In addition there will be unannounced pop quizzes throughout the semester. The final grades will be weighted as follows:











Major Historical Trends, Analyze primary and secondary sources


OCT 29



Major Historical Trends, Analyze primary and secondary sources

Last Day to Drop

NOV 11






Analyze primary sources and readings


Wednesday, DEC 15




Major Historical Trends, Analyze primary and secondary sources


FINAL GRADES ARE DETERMINED AS SUCH:  A=100-90; B=89-80; C=79-70; D=69-60; F=59 and below.




Academic Misconduct:

I expect all students to adhere to TCU's code of student conduct, especially as it pertains to academic misconduct.  **Academic Misconduct (Sec. 3.4 from the Student Handbook) –Any act that violates the academic integrity of the institution is considered academic misconduct. The procedures used to resolve suspected acts of academic misconduct are available in the offices of Academic Deans and the Office of Campus Life and are listed in detail in the Undergraduate catalog. Specific examples include, but are not limited to:

·        Cheating: Copying from another student’s test paper, laboratory report, other report, or computer files and listings; using, during any academic exercise, material and/or devices not authorized by the person in charge of the test; collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during a test or laboratory without permission; knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting in its entirety or in part, the contents of a test or other assignment unauthorized for release; substituting for another student or permitting another student to substitute for oneself.

·        Plagiarism: The appropriation, theft, purchase or obtaining by any means another’s work, and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of that work as one’s own offered for credit. Appropriation includes the quoting or paraphrasing of another’s work without giving credit therefore.

·        Collusion: The unauthorized collaboration with another in preparing work offered for credit.


In short, academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.  This includes plagiarism (the act of passing off the work of another as one’s own), copying the exam or paper of another student, and changing a grade, notation or answer on an exam or paper that has already been turned in, graded and returned.  Students found guilty of academic dishonesty will be penalized to the fullest extent possible, which may include a failing grade for the course.


Students are expected to attend ALL scheduled class meetings and remain in class until the instructor dismisses the session.  This means not getting up and walking out unless it is an emergency; so go to the toilet before coming to class.

The attendance policy for this class reads as follows: “Each student in THIS History Department course is entitled to one unexcused absence per hour (3 unexcused cuts for a 3 hour course) without penalty. For each unexcused absence in excess of that number the student is liable to deduction from his/her final grade of one letter grade.” Official school business, with a certified written excuse, is the exception. In other words, COME TO CLASS, BE ON TIME, and TURN OFF all electronic devices!!!


Student Access and Accommodation

Texas Christian University affords students with disabilities reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. To be eligible for disability-related academic accommodations, students are required to register with the TCU Office of Student Access and Accommodation and have their requested accommodations evaluated. If approved for accommodations, students are required to discuss their official TCU Notification of Accommodation with their instructors.  Accommodations are not retroactive and require advance notice to implement. The Office of Student Access and Accommodation is located in The Harrison, Suite 1200. More information on how to apply for accommodations can be found at  https://www.tcu.edu/access-accommodation/  or by calling Student Access and Accommodation at (817) 257-6567.


Audio Recording Notification:

Audio recordings of class lectures may be permitted by the instructor or as an approved disability accommodation through Student Access and Accommodation. Recordings are not to be shared with other students, posted to any online forum, or otherwise disseminated.

Technology Policies

Email:  Only the official TCU student email address will be used for all course notification. It is your responsibility to check your TCU email on a regular basis.


Course Materials:  TCU students are prohibited from sharing any portion of course materials (including videos, PowerPoint slides, assignments, or notes) with others, including on social media, without written permission by the course instructor. Accessing, copying, transporting (to another person or location), modifying, or destroying programs, records, or data belonging to TCU or another user without authorization, whether such data is in transit or storage, is prohibited. The full policy can be found at: https://security.tcu.edu/polproc/usage-policy/.

Violating this policy is considered a violation of Section 3.2.15 of the Student Code of Conduct (this policy may be found in the Student Handbook at https://tcu.codes/code/index/), and may also constitute Academic Misconduct or Disruptive Classroom Behavior (these policies may be found in the undergraduate catalog at https://tcu.smartcatalogiq.com/current/Undergraduate-Catalog/Student-Policies/Academic-Conduct-Policy-Details). TCU encourages student debate and discourse; accordingly, TCU generally interprets and applies its policies, including the policies referenced above, consistent with the values of free expression and First Amendment principles.

Support for TCU Students

Campus Offices

·       Alcohol & Drug Education Center (817-257-7100, Samuelson Hall basement)

·       Brown-Lupton Health Center (817-257-7938 or 817-257-7940)

·       Campus Life (817-257-7926, Sadler Hall 2006)

·       Center for Academic Services (817-257-7486, Sadler Hall 1022)

·       Center for Digital Expression (CDeX) (cdex@tcu.edu, Scharbauer 2003)

·       Counseling & Mental Health Center (817-257-7863, Samuelson Hall basement)

·       Mary Couts Burnett Library (817-257-7117)

·       Office of Religious & Spiritual Life (817-257-7830, Jarvis Hall 1st floor)

·       Student Development Services (817-257-7855, BLUU 2003)

·       Center for Writing (817-257-7221, Reed Hall 419)

·       Transfer Student Center (817-257-7855, BLUU 2003)

·       Veterans Services (817-257-5557, Jarvis Hall 219)

Anti-Discrimination and Title IX Information

Statement on TCU’s Discrimination Policy

TCU is committed to providing a positive learning, living, and working environment free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and retaliation. In support of this commitment, in its policy on Prohibited Discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct and retaliation, TCU has a range of prohibited behaviors, including unlawful discrimination and harassment and related sexual and other misconduct based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, predisposing genetic information, covered veteran status, and any other basis protected by law. The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) is responsible for responding to all reports of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct and retaliation.


Please use the following links to review TCU Policy 1.008 Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Retaliation or to review TCU Policy 1.009 Responding to Reports of Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation.


To make a report, you may call OIE at 817-257-8228, email oie@tcu.edu, visit us at The Harrison, Suite 1800 or click here: Make a Report.

To learn about the Campus Community Response Team (CCRT) and Report a Bias Incident click here: https://inclusion.tcu.edu/campus-community-response-team/

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TCU’s Title IX Coordinator works within OIE. Andrea Vircks-McDew serves as TCU’s Title IX Coordinator. You may call 817-257-8228 to make a report, email oie@tcu.edu or a.vircks@tcu.edu, or make a report here. Additional Title IX resources and information are available at https://www.tcu.edu/institutional-equity/title-ix/index.php.

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ALL TCU employees, except confidential resources, are considered Mandatory Reporters. Mandatory reporters are required to immediately report to OIE any conduct that raises Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct (Title IX or Violence Against Women (VAWA)) or Retaliation. Mandatory reporters cannot promise to refrain from forwarding the information to OIE.

Confidential On-Campus Resources

Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education

www.care.tcu.edu          817-257-5225

Counseling & Mental Health Center

www.counseling.tcu.edu       817-257-7863

Religious & Spiritual Life

www.faith.tcu.edu        817-257-7830

On Campus Resources

TCU Police                          817-257-8400 Non-emergency

www.police.tcu.edu             817-257-7777 Emergency

Emergency Response Information

Please review TCU’s L.E.S.S. is More public safety video to learn about Lockdown, Evacuate, and Seek Shelter procedures. (https://publicsafety.tcu.edu/less-is-more/)

TCU’s Public Safety website provides maps that show our building’s rally point for evacuation and the seek shelter location. (https://publicsafety.tcu.edu/)


In the event of an emergency, call TCU Police Department at 817-257-7777.

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Statement of Disability Services at TCU

Disabilities Statement: Texas Christian University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 regarding students with disabilities. Eligible students seeking accommodations should contact the Coordinator of Student Disabilities Services in the Center for Academic Services located in Sadler Hall, room 1010 or http://www.acs.tcu.edu/disability_services.asp.

Adequate time must be allowed to arrange accommodations and accommodations are not retroactive; therefore, students should contact the Coordinator as soon as possible in the academic term for which they are seeking accommodations.

Further information can be obtained from the Center for Academic Services, TCU Box 297710, Fort Worth, TX 76129, or at (817) 257-6567.

Each eligible student is responsible for presenting relevant, verifiable, professional documentation and/or assessment reports to the Coordinator. Guidelines for documentation may be found at http://www.acs.tcu.edu/disability_documentation.asp.

Students with emergency medical information or needing special arrangements in case a building must be evacuated should discuss this information with their instructor/professor as soon as possible.



FALL 2021

Supplemental Handouts:

(Access and print links and handouts for your reference)

Tentative Daily Schedule:

T=America: A Narrative, Shi

AUG 23


AUG 25

Background to European Exploration

T 1, pp. 4-33 Feudalism

AUG 27

The Conquistadors 

T 1, pp. 33-51; Bartolomé de las Casas




AUG 30

Planting a Colony

T2, pp. 55-72,  1st Virginia Charter; Founding Jamestown


English Agricultural Colonies

T 2, pp. 84-89, 98 Starving Time


A City Upon a Hill

T 2, pp.73-84, Mayflower Compact; English Monarchs








Religion in the Colonies

T 2, Surviving Massachusetts Bay


Foreign/Middle Colonies 

T 2, pp. 84-10; Quakerism





New France & the Wars for Empire

T 4, pp. 158-173; Wars for Empire


A Different America 

T 3; Great Awakening


Red, Black, & White: Colonial Society

pp. 106-110, 134-140 T 3;  Servants & Slaves; Stono Rebellion





The Road to Revolution

T 4, pp. 173-192 Road to Revolution; Mercantilism


Shots Heard Around the World

T 4, pp. 192-207 Battle of Lexington


The War After Independence

T 5; What it means to fight








Required meeting with professor before Exam II to determine student’s class progress

Schedule meeting with the Professor


The Articles of Confederation

T 6, pp. 263-274 Price of Freedom


An Assembly of Demi-Gods 

T 6,pp. 274-289; Safeguard Against Insurrection; Preamble





Constitutional Government at Work

T 6, pp. 289-303; Changes in America


The Federal Era

T 6, pp. 303-313; Hamilton & Jefferson


Ideological Dissension

T 6, pp. 313-321; Alien & Sedition Acts; Matthew Lyon 





OCT 11

The Age of Jefferson

T 7, pp. 325-343; All Republicans … All Federalists

OCT 13

The Jeffersonian Revolution 

T 7, 343-347; Republican Ideology 

OCT 15






OCT 18

War of American Nationalism

T 7, pp. 347-363; Reasoning for War & United We Stand?

OCT 20

An Era of Good Feelings

T 9, pp. 415-422; Where do we Stand?

OCT 22

From Nationalism to Sectionalism

T 9, pp. 422-430; The Doctrine of Two Worlds; Monroe Doctrine




OCT 25

The Hero's Ascendancy

T 9, pp. 430-439; Republican Wife

OCT 27

Jacksonian Democracy

T 10, pp. 443-479; Saving a Nation?

OCT 29







Manifest Destiny

T 13, pp. 577-598; Manifest Destiny


A War of Expansion

T 13, pp. 598-615; Polk’s Motivation for War


Reform in America

T 12; Lowell Girls, Declaration of Sentiments 





Renewal of the Sectional Debate-LAST DAY TO DROP

T 14, pp. 619-634

NOV 10

A House Divided

T 14, pp. 634-643

NOV 12


The 1850s: A Troubling Decade

T 14, pp. 643-659; William Henry Seward on Expansion and Slavery




NOV 15

Slavery: The Cause or Result of Turmoil?

T 11, Nat Turner; “I Will be Heard”

NOV 17

The Beginning of the End

T 15, pp. 663-676; Civil War Resources

NOV 19

An Illusion of Easy Victory

T 15, pp. 676-683




NOV 22



NOV 24



NOV 26






NOV 29

Fight to the Finish

T 15, pp. 683-725


The Healing Begins

T 16, pp. 729-746; Henry William Ravenel


Reconstructing a Nation

T 16, pp. 746-757; Reconstruction #1





“Era of Good Stealings

T 16, pp. 757-770; Reconstruction #2


The Compromise of 1877

T 16, pp. 770-773



DEC 15 (Wednesday)


(Wednesday)  8:00-10:30