U.S. HISTORY, 1492 — Present
Instructor Katrina Pierson
Fall 2016 Semester
MWF 9:30–10:50 am
Course Description and Objectives
The purpose of this course is to examine the history of the United States without bias from the liberal media or from liberal academic elites. Through reading and discussion, we will start with American colonial origins and move into the modern day. Coursework for this class will include discussion of topics in class, writing assignments, and tests.
In this course, we will examine the history of the United States and answer the following questions:
How did America’s humble beginnings affect its path to Independence?
How does religion play a part in American society?
How does America’s underdog history affect its standing as the greatest country in the world?
How has liberalism been managed as a threat to American interests?
Schweikart, Larry and Michael Allen. A Patriot’s Guide to the United States: From Columbus’s Great Discovery to America’s Age of Entitlement, Revised Edition. 10th Edition. ISBN: 978-1595231154
Back, Glenn, Kevin Balfe and Hannah Beck. Miracles and Massacres: True and Untold Stories of the Making of America. ISBN: 978-1476771205
Barton, David. The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson. ISBN: 978-1944229023
Course Requirements and Grading Rubric
Students are expected to come to class ready to learn. This means having all of their books and materials available for each class period. Students are expected to participate in classroom discussion and ask questions of the instructor and any guest speakers who may provide information pertinent to the class. Students are expected to put full-effort into the class, which includes reading and understanding all course materials as assigned. The grading rubric is as follows:
Attendance/Participation – 20% – I take attendance in each class. You should be on time and ready to listen to the lecture and participate in any classroom discussion.
Daily Work – 15% – Every so often, I will have small projects or assignments for students to do during class.
Mid-term – 10% – The mid-term will be held on Friday, October 14th and will cover information from weeks 1 through 8. This counts the lectures on Monday, October 10th and Wednesday, October 12th.
Group Project – 15% – This project covers the Bill of Rights. The class will be divided into 10 groups of 2-3 students apiece and each will be assigned an amendment from the Bill of Rights. This assignment is to identify the need for the amendment and the purpose of the amendment. Further, each group will assess the amendment and identify its effect on American history, from the Bill of Rights to today. Group projects will be assigned on September 16th and are due on October 28th.
Essay – 15% – Each student will be responsible for the composition of an essay examining the negative effects political and social liberalism have had in the American workplace. This essay will include effects on labor laws, the “rights” of workers, and the economy. Essays are due on Monday, November 21st.
Final Exam – 25% – The final exam will cover information from weeks 9 through 15. It will be held on Friday, December 9th.
Week 1: August 22 – 26
The New World (1492 – 1763)
America’s beginnings, from it’s discovery by Christopher Columbus to the establishment of the 13 colonies. The effects of the French-Indian War. The beginning of the mistreatment Americans suffered by the British Crown.
Week 2: August 29 – September 2
The Rights of the Colonist (1765 – 1775)
King George III starts abusing the Americans through taxation. The seeds of our golorious revolution are sewn.
Week 3: September 5 – 9
Labor Day (No Classes)
The Revolutionary War (1775 – 1783)
Americans begin fighting off their British oppressors, winning gloriously through their own force of will. The British surrender and American becomes its own nation.
Week 4: September 12 – 16
The Constitution and the New Government (1787 – 1800)
The Americans establish their government, one of God and of freedom. Controversy surrounding the role of government leads to the Bill of Rights.
Group project assignment: Examination of Amendments to the Constitution.
Week 5: September 19 – 23
The Jefferson Era and The British Return (1800 – 1815)
The Jefferson Administration. The British return and are once again beaten by American willpower and prowess.
Week 6: September 26 – 30
God and Manifest Destiny (1805 – 1850)
America begins to fully realize its religious origins during the Second Great Awakening. America moves west and deals with the hostile savagery of the frontier.
Week 7: October 3 – 7
The North and the South (1850 – 1860)
The issue of slavery is blown out of proportion by those challenging the status quo, leading to the splitting of the perfect union.
Week 8: October 10 – 14
The Civil War and Lincoln’s Assassination (1860 – 1865)
Big government tries to impose its will on the Southern colonies, who bravely fight back. President Abraham Lincoln is assassinated, paving the way for President Andrew Johnson.
Week 9: October 17 – 21
Reconstruction (1865 – 1877)
After the Civil War, the American government continues keeping their boots on the necks of the Southern states. Activist judges change the Constitution. The beginnings of the Ku Klux Klan and their ties to the Democrats.
Week 10: October 24 – 28
Communists, Anarchist, and other Threats (1870 – 1920)
Americans perverted by socialist and communist ideologies threaten the rights of business owners. Unions pop up, promoting dangerous ideology as “worker’s rights.” Anarchists resort to violence to challenge government oppression. Progressivism participates in American elections, further inflaming the conflict between workers and their bosses.
Turn in group projects
Week 11: October 31 – November 4
World War I and the Great Depression (1915 – 1940)
America comes to the world’s aid in World War I. The economy collapses, leading to the Great Depression. Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected President and decides socialism is the way to fix the economy with The New Deal.
Week 12: November 7 – 11
World War II and the Cold War (1942 – 1989)
America enters World War II and wins in both Europe and Asia. Russia and America begin their “Cold War.” Americans prosper. The Korean War and the Vietnam War cause controversy. President Ronald Reagan finally bests the Commies.
Week 13: November 14 – 18
9/11 and the War on Terrorism (2001 – 2008)
President George W. Bush begin the War on Terrorism. Reality sets in for Americans spoiled by the Clinton Administration. The government starts attacking American’s religious rights, gun rights, and autonomy.
Week 14: November 21 – 25
Turn in essays
Week 15: November 28 – December 2
The Obama Administration: A Portrait of Failure (2008 – Present)
The treasonous immigrant, Barack Hussein Obama, becomes President of the United States and begins poisoning America with the aid of Hillary Clinton and other liberals. Obamacare is a socialist threat. Obama forces gay marriage on the public. Obama isn’t an American citizen.
Guest lecture by Jerome Corsi on Obama’s citizenship.
Trump’s America: Making America Great Again (note: the outcome of the 2016 election will have an outcome on this lecture)
Week 16: December 5 – 9
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