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Summer 2016 Syllabus for HIST-D017A-63Z
HIST-D017A-63Z - David Howard-Pitney
Hist DO 17A-63Z: US History, Colonial to Early National Era
Call Number: 31544
Term: Winter 2014
4 units
De Anza College Online Education Center • LC 107 • Phone: 408-864-8969 • FAX: 408-864-8245 •
United States civilzation to early National Era. A survey of the social, cultural, political, economic, and intellectual development of the Colonial Era with emphasis on the era of the American Revolution, the development of the Constitution, and the role of the major ethnic, social, and gender groups in the American experience.
Instructor Information: David Howard-Pitney
Professor of History at De Anza since 1990. PhD & MA, University of Minnesota. Books: "Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, and the Civil Rights Struggle" and "The African-American Jeremiad".

Phone: 408-864-8559
Office Location: F21-q
Office Hours: In Summer, by Appointment only. Call or email me to arrange an on-campus meeting.
ADVISORY: Eligibility for EWRT 1A or ESL 5 strongly advised.

l) Be prepared to spend 10 or more hours per week to use and study course materials. Read and study the text and other assigned reading and materials as required.

2) Take the required course Online Orientation on the Distance Learning Center website by no later than Jan. 12.

3) This course section is offered ONLY through the "HistoryClass" online format; it Is NOT On CATALYST. All exams and graded work will be taken online in HistoryClass. Students must purchase access to HistoryClass. Read below in this Syllabus under "Textbook" heading the instructions on the different ways to obtain access to HistoryClass and the assigned books.
[Bookstore: Phone: 408-864-8455]
Purchase the following items at Either the De Anza College Bookstore Or on the HistoryClass web site:

1. Roark, et al., "The American Promise," 5th Edition, Volume A hard or Vol. I electronic).

2. "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Written by Himself." Note, this book is ONLY available at the college bookstore-- it CANNOT be purchased through the HistoryClass web site.

3. Buy Access to and register on "HistoryClass," the course's required online format. All assignments and graded work will be made and done on HistoryClass. There are two ways to buy access to HistoryClass AND two ways to purchase the "American Promise" textbook. You can either purchase an access card, bundled with The American Promise Volume A, through the DeAnza bookstore or you can purchase access to HistoryClass directly online.(HistoryClass includes an electronic version of The American Promise, Volume I, so if you don't purchase a print copy at the bookstore, you will still have access to The American Promise online). If you wish to have a new hard textbook along with HistoryClass, buying the bundle at the bookstore is most cost effective; if you wish to just use the e-book version of our textbook thru Histoyclass, then buying access directly online costs the least.

Click the URL below to get started or follow the directions below.

EITHER: 1. Go to and click on the link to REGISTER YOUR CODE.

2. Scroll down to select HistoryClass for The American Promise, Volume I (Note: the hardcopy textbook is labeled Volume A and your HistoryClass Access Card and the online site will list Volume I- this is inconsistent but, don't worry, you will register for the correct class) and click on the link to REGISTER YOUR CODE. The registration screen will appear.

3. Click REGISTER your Code. The registration screen will appear.

4. Enter your Activation Code, name, and e-mail address, which will serve as your HistoryClass
username. You won't be able to change your e-mail address after you register, so pick one that will be valid for the duration of the course.

5. Create a password and password hint. The password must be at least 4 characters long and should be something memorable.

6. Register for a specific class by selecting your school location (state/province) from the drop-down menu at the bottom of the screen. Subsequent drop-down menus allow you to choose your institution and course title/instructor.

7. Finally, click NEXT at the bottom of the screen, confirm your account information, and click CREATE ACCOUNT to complete the registration process.

OR: 1. Go to and click on the link to PURCHASE ACCESS TODAY.

2. Scroll down to select your version of HistoryClass, select your Volume from the drop-down menu, and click on the link to PURCHASE. The purchase screen will appear. Select your institution's state/province, your institution name, and the course title/instructor from the drop-down menus.

3. Enter an e-mail address and password. You won't be able to change your e-mail address after you register, so pick one that will be valid for the duration of the course. Likewise, the password must be at least 4 characters long and should be something memorable.

4. Provide payment information, including your name as it appears on your credit card, your credit
card number and expiration date, and billing address.

5. Click NEXT.

6. After confirming your information, click on PLACE YOUR ORDER.
7. Once the system has accepted your payment, a thank you screen will confirm your name, e-mail address, username, and password.

8. You will also receive a confirmation e-mail.

Go to to login to your HistoryClass course.
1. Enter your e-mail address and password.
2. Click Login.

If you have trouble with a log-in ID or password, contact technical support: 1-800-936-6899 or via e-mail at

Media Availability
Media Availability
Internet Access Required
Written Assignments
Written Assignments
There is an Essay of approximately 1,000 words, based on the book "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Written, by Himself" Due on March 20 (see HistoryClass Essay Assignment for details). On each Exam, there is an essay section of approximately 500 words. There are several Discussion Board postings of about 250 words each.
Extra Credit
One's History 17A course grade will be raised by 1/3 of a letter grade for getting a C, by 2/3 of a grade for a B, and one full letter grade for receiving an A, in any ONE of the following 2-unit, CSU-transfer courses.

HIST-054X-95: Special Topics: Significant Californians, "Architects of the Arts and Entertainment Industries in Silicon Valley" 2 units With instructor Crystal Hupp Description: Silicon Valley is certainly known for its technological innovations, but rarely attracts much attention for its diverse arts and entertainment history. This course will emphasize the works and achievements of specific Californians who helped develop Silicon Valley?s arts and entertainment venues and industries and explore how these individuals nurtured the needs of a diverse population of people in this ever growing valley. From San Jose?s first theater opening to the present museums, festivals and nightlife found in the valley, each venture has a story with significant people giving them life.
Lectures: M 2/3, M 2/24, 6:30-10:20 PM Field Studies: F 2/7, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM and Sat 3/8, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM. Location: CHC

HIST-051X-95: Topics in California Political and Diplomatic History: Gold Rush Politics
INSTRUCTOR: Mary Jo Ignoffo Email: CLASS MEETINGS: Mondays, January 27, 2014 and February 10, 2014 4:00pm to 7:50pm California History Center Classroom FIELD TRIPS: Friday, January 31, 2014 and Saturday, February 8, 2014.
CLASS OBJECTIVE: To examine California's first Constitution drafted in 1849 at a convention in Monterey, with particular attention to the delegates--Californios, New Englanders, Southerners, Chileans, British and German--who gathered to create a new government in California. The proceedings were transcribed in both English and Spanish because not all delegates spoke English. The Constitution that came out of the convention implemented both American and Mexican law, and became the basis of government in California for the next thirty years. This class will also analyze the gathering in San Jose of California's first Legislature of 1849-1850. Why was San Jose chosen as the capital, and how did it lose that status? An additional objective seeks to relate the historic debates at the first convention to similar questions that citizens of California confront today.

HIST-052X-95: Title- Sword and Cross: Spain Settles Alta California. Instructor: Chatham Forbes Units: 2 Room: CHC Days/Times: Lectures: Th 1/23/14, Th 2/6/14, 6:30-10:00 PM Field Studies: Sat 1/25/14, 9:00 AM-5:30 PM - Mission Santa Clara, De Saisset Museum Sat 2/8/14, 9:00 AM-5:30 PM - Mission San Jose, San Jose Living Museum Course Description: The presence of covetous foreign nations in Pacific waters moved Spain in 1769 to settle Alta California, overcoming much hardship to establish, eventually, twenty-one missions and four presidios in the territory.

HIST-053X-95. Course Title: Early Airports and Pioneer Flyers of the Bay Area Instructor: Chatham Forbes Units: 2 Room: CHC Days/Times: Lectures: Th 2/27/14, Th 3/20/14, 6:30 PM-10:00 PM Field Studies: Sat 3/1/14, 9:00 AM -5:30 PM - San Carlos Airport, Hiller Aviation Museum Sat 3/22/14, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM - Oakland Airport, Oakland Airport Museum, Air Traffic Control Center. Course Description: Excellent flying weather and strategic location made California a thriving center of early airports and record-setting pioneer flyers. The class will visit key sites in the history of Bay Area flight

All these courses meet 3 to 4 times; they are not offered online. Only one class may count for extra-credit for Hist 17A. For more info. including meeting dates & times, see College Schedule of Classes.
Final Grade
You may access your final grades through the Star System [408-777-9394 or 650-917-0509], and on the Internet through the College's Portal system [].
Additional Information

Additional Information
Please see HistoryClass web site for additional course information.

Note to Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic accommodations or services in this course, provide (name of Instructor) with a Test Accommodation Verification Form (also known as a TAV form) from Disability Support Services (DSS) or the Educational Diagnostic Center (EDC). Students are expected to give five days notice of the need for accommodations. Students with disabilities can obtain a TAV form from their DSS counselor (864-8753 DSS main number) or EDC advisor (864-8839 EDC main number).
Testing / Grading
There will be 1 Sample Quiz/Exam Questions (on American Promise Chapter 1) for 10 points.

There will be 10 "Learning Curve" assignments on individual textbook chapters, worth 10 points each for 100 points total.

There will be 5 QUIZZES (each on an American Promise chapter) worth 20 points each, for a total of 100 Quiz points.

There will be 3 EXAMS, worth 60 points each, for a total of 180 Exam points. Each Exam will cover only the reading and other course materials assigned for its portion and will not cover material previously covered by an exam; no Exam, including the Final exam is cumulative.

There is an ESSAY for 60 points based on the "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano" book.

There will be 4 Discussion Board Activities, worth a total 35 points.

Please see HistoryClass web site for fuller information on all the graded assignments.
Alternate Exams
There is only ONE make-up allowed for the quarter on any exam, quiz, essay or other graded assignment. Quizzes and exams are available for taking up until their due dates but not afterward. I strongly advise students NOT to delay taking a quiz or exam until just before its due.
Final course letter grades will be assigned on the basis of students total points and overall performance relative to one another (ie, "on a curve").

Grades will be based on students' total points sums. Course letter grades will be assigned by students' performances relative to one another, or essentially "on a curve."
Assignments Schedule

Sample Quiz/Exam on American Promise Chapter 1. I strongly recommended taking it by Jan. 12, but it is absolutely due by no later than Jan. 30.

Learning Curve Assignment 1 (on American Promise Chapter 1) is Due on HistoryClass by Jan. 12; 11:55 PM.

Learning Curve Assignment 2 (on American Promise Chapter 2) is Due on HistoryClass by Jan. 17; 11:55 PM.

Quiz 1 (on American Promise Chapter 2) is Due on HistoryClass by Jan. 18; 11:55 PM.

Learning Curve Assignment 3 (on American Promise Chapter 3) is Due on HistoryClass by Jan. 24; 11:55 PM.

Quiz 2 (on American Promise Chapter 3) is Due by Jan. 25; 11:55 PM.

Learning Curve Assignment 4 is Due on HistoryClass by Jan. 30; 11:55 PM.

EXAM 1 (both Multiple Choice & Essays sections, on American Promise Chapters 1-4), Due by Jan. 31; 11:55 PM.

Learning Curve Assignment 5 is Due on HistoryClass by Feb. 7; 11:55 PM.

Quiz 3 (on American Promise Chapter 5) is Due by Feb. 8; 11:55 PM.

Discussion Board 1, Due by Feb. 12; 11:55 PM.

Learning Curve Assignment 6 is Due on HistoryClass by Feb. 14; 11:55 PM.

Quiz 4 (on American Promise Chapter 6) is Due by Feb. 15; 11:55 PM.

Learning Curve Assignment 7 is Due on HistoryClass by Feb. 21; 11:55 PM.

EXAM 2 (covering American Promise Chap's 5-7), Parts I & II, Due Feb. 21; 11:55 PM.

Discussion Board 2, Due by Feb. 26; 11:55 PM.

Learning Curve Assignment 8 is Due on HistoryClass by Feb. 28; 11:55 PM.

Quiz 5 (on Chapter 8) is Due by March 1; 11:55 PM.

Discussion Board 3 Activity, Due by March 5; 11:55 PM.

Learning Curve Assignment 9 is Due on HistoryClass by March 7; 11:55 PM.

Discussion Board 4 Activity, Due by March 12; 11:55 PM.

Learning Curve Assignment 10 is Due on HistoryClass by March 13 11:55 PM.

ESSAY on Equiano's "Interesting Narrative" Book, Due by March 20; 11:55 PM.

EXAM 3 (NOT a cumulative Final Exam-On Chaps 8-10), Due by Thursday, March 27; 11:55 PM.
Policy on Copying and Cheating:Students who submit the work of others as their own or cheat on exams or other assignments will receive a failing grade in the course and will be reported to college authorities.
De Anza College Bookstore Contact Information
Phone: 408-864-8455
Videostream Information
This course utilizes streaming video which can be accessed via the Catalyst system. Please view the Catalyst website at to login. Please note that you will be unable to login until the first day of class. Be sure you are using your correct username and password - do not use your social security number or international "99" number. If you need help logging in or finding your student ID, please view the short instructional video at: Additional instructions and assistance can be found on the Catalyst website.

Due to licensing restrictions video programs are not available for downloading.

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