The Mason Children, 1670 (; Asher Durand, "The Beaches," (1845); CH Grabhill, Lakota Village 1891, "The Great Hostile Camp, an expansive vista of the Lakota tribal village on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota," GraphicaArtis/Getty Images/; Lowell Mill Museum/

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Essay Question will be up this afternoon!

*Exam Study Guide is Up, and ppts Emailed (to your csun email)

Films to watch while reading Text--how do films on the same topic tell diferent stories with the same evidence?

Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience (2017)- Full Video 57 min/ "Films on Demand," Oviatt Library Databases

Rebels: America—The Story of Us (2010) - Full Video (43:47)/ "Films on Demand," Oviatt Library Databases

The Story We Tell: Race—The Power of an Illusion (2003) - Full Video (57:08)/ "Films on Demand," Oviatt Library Databases

Africa's Great Civilizations—Part 5: The Atlantic Age (2017) - Full Video (52:31)/ "Films on Demand," Oviatt Library Databases

Sugar: Addicted to Pleasure (2012 BBC) - Full Video (47:58)/ )/ "Films on Demand," Oviatt Library Databases (also, tobacco, opium, whiskey)

Ken Burns, vol. 1 "The People" / ( Youtube)

New York A Documentary History Vol 1/

Class Purpose and Goals:

Welcome to the Upper Division Survey of U.S. History, from European Settlement through the Civil War. This course is a topical survey of U.S. economic, social, and political history. Your task is to comprehend and to find patterns in the broad sweep of our past, and as with most introductory courses, you will be challenged by the work required. Toward a general understanding of American history up through the Civil War, serious students should work on four significant goals:

1-knowledge of the significant events, people, and trends;

2-an understanding of major interpretations and different perspectives;

3-the development of your own opinions, and an awareness of the way in which you yourself interpret history. Do you find the economy to be the most defining of changes and continuities in the American past, or politics? On the other hand, is the American past best characterized by social changes from the bottom up, or by the ways in which mass culture is constructed in the twentieth century? I urge you to consider your own approach to the past, to be aware of your own interpretation, and to understand why you think some events, people, institutions, or movements are more important than others;

4-and a love for reading well-written and engaging books.

The best way to accomplish these goals is to spend thoughtful time with lectures, readings, and assignments, and then to ask your own questions and to outline answers. You will be asked to use class lectures and readings to interpret a variety of documents and events in order to develop your own ideas based on historical accounts and other kinds of evidence.

From Native to colonized North America and the establishment of the United States, followed by sectional rivalries and the Civil War, this land has been at the center of intense and violent power struggles. Native North America: A short Introduction, edited by Theda Perdue and Michael Green, provides a brief, well-written view of Native Americans, both before and after the European invasion. We will be reading the first four chapters, and their is a digital copy on reserve (so you don't need to buy it). Mary Beth Norton's Separated By Sex gives us a view of women's experiences in the "Colonial and Atlantic World," and uses biography to bring us into their lives and experiences. Allan Taylor's The Internal Enemy is an incredible story that both reveals the violence of the colonial world and the challenges of piecing together history when there are scant primary sources available. Gary Gallagher and Joan Waugh's The American War gives us a concise view of the Civil War and remind us that "it remains impossible to grasp the larger sweep of U.S. history without coming to terms with the American war."

Canvas: I ONLY use Canvas for the TURNITIN LINK on written assignments. I DO NOT USE the grading feature, the email, nor any other part of this online platform. Again, I only use it for the Turnitin Plagiarism program, and when you open our class "tile," as they call it, the links will be easily visible since usually information is difficult for any one class-full of studens to access in the same way. Any additional reading, along with power points, will be password protected on my webpage-syllabus. On our schedule page, I have linked additional websites where appropriate.

Regarding Class: Be respectful of your instructor and of others in class, please turn off all electronic contraptions. You may use lap tops for note taking, but please, no multi-tasking, looking up topics on the wiki, reading, emailing, doing other homework, etc. Also, do not sit in the center of the classroom, then in the middle of the hour get up, leave, and return. If you are expecting some kind of emergency, just let me know before class and sit by the door. Use class as a wonderful opportunity to focus your thoughts in a contemporary world that seems to demand the opposite.

Computers: Some people say that taking hand notes is much better for remembering than using computers. In any case, please do not come to class to watch movies or email. Put in time, and the class will help with reading. Also, of course, no phones.

No Leaving class, coming back, leaving class, returning. . . .please remain in class until the end unless you have an emergency. If you have to leave early, please sit by the door. Thank-you!

No Make-Ups unless you have a documented excuse.

Office Hours. I am on campus much, and I also do advisement for history students. My official Office Hours are MW from to 11 to 12 AM. However, you can find me in my office additionally as listed on my advisement page (Just click "Yamane Advising" on my main Index page @

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not wait until the day before or after work is due. I encourage you to come by to see me with questions, comments, or problems. In a large class, as many of our classes now are, individual meetings help me to know both you and your work better. As a general rule here at CSUN, you should push yourself to attend instructor office hours. You will get more out of your classes, and more out of CSUN.

Attendance. Come to class and please, be on time. You are responsible for what is covered and discussed in class. IF you have to miss class, get notes from another student, look them over, then come by to see me with any questions.

Plagiarism. Using the words of others without proper quotations and citations is not allowed. Any time you "cut and paste" from the web or copy others', you render the assignment useless. Plagiarism does not help you to develop critical thinking and basic writing skills, and it is usually easy for instructors to discern. Why even bother? Reading, writing, then thinking about significance is not easy; it requires time and thoughtfulness. If you put in the time, you will be amazed by your ability write engaging essays. Really.

Also, you may ONLY use class material in your essays--that is, the required books and the additional Moodle readings, as well as class lectures and discussions.

Required Readng:

1-James Henretta et al, America A Concise History V. 1 (9th Edtiion, on Reserve at Oviatt)
2-Mary Beth Norton, Seperated by their Sex (on Reserve at Oviatt)
3-Alan Taylor, The Internal Enemy (on Reserve at Oviatt)
4-Joan Waugh & Gary Gallagher, The American War (on Reserve at Oviatt)