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  • Governors State University College of Arts and Sciences
    Division of Liberal Arts
    HIST 545, Fall 2011, 3 Credits
    Professor David Hamilton Golland
    Office Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1:00-4:00

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    Online Course Guide

    Description & Objectives: (Top)
    An advanced survey of the traditional interpretations of African slavery in America and an attempt to assess them in the light of contemporary studies.

    No prerequisites required.

    This course is designed to examine not only plantation slavery, but the lesser known aspects of the subject. Moreover, this course provides an opportunity to view this institution from the slaves? perspective and to examine the ways in which they responded to their conditions.

    Please note: due to low enrollment, this course will be taught as a tutorial. As a result, we will not be meeting as a class. Students will be expected to meet with Prof. Golland during his office hours or at specific times arranged in advance.

    Expected Student Outcomes: (Top)
    In this course, students will:Assessment:
    Be able to reason causes and consequences of major historical events in American history and offer critical thinking interpretations.Annotated bibliography
    Understand the rhetorical arguments that enslaved and/or free black employed to argue against enslavement, and understand the role that religious and political movements of the 18th and 19th centuries had on Americans; express critical reading and critical thinking skills; describe the conditions faced by enslaved people in North America; analyze the effects of the Middle Passage on the historical development of the United States; better comprehend the geographic history of slavery in the United States; and explain the impact of enslavement on black families.Text and film questions; participation
    Use Modern Language Association (MLA) citation style accurately and consistently.Plagiarism quiz
    Research historians used in 10 required video viewings, and analyze primary source documents.Library activity
    Become familiar with the critique of primary sources by other authors.Book review

    Required Texts, with minimum and maximum prices at Amazon.Com as of June 29, 2011: (Top)
    Betty Wood, The Origins of American Slavery: Freedom and Bondage in the English Colonies (NY: Hill & Wang, 1997)$0.50$13.37
    Edmund Morgan, American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia (NY: W.W. Norton & Co., 1975)$3.00$12.89
    Ira Berlin, Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America (Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press, 1998)$5.0724.36
    Robert Fogel, Without Consent or Contract: The Rise and Fall of American Slavery (NY: W.W. Norton & Co., 1989)$2.31$14.48
    James Oakes, Slavery and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Old South (NY: Vintage Books, 1990)$3.59$14.95
    James McPherson, For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War (NY: Oxford University Press, 1997)$4.40$11.57
    Eric Foner, A Short History of Reconstruction, 1863-1877 (NY: harper & Row, 1990)$1.05$10.19
    Total Cost$19.92$101.81

    Required films: (Top)
  • Africans in America: America's Journey through Slavery, 1998, Parts 1-4, available Netflix
  • Roots of Resistance: American Experience, 1990, available Netflix
  • John Brown's Holy War: American Experience, 2000, available at Amazon.Com from $4.10 to $22.49
  • Slavery and the Making of America, 2004, Parts 1-4, available Netflix

    Course Components: (Top)
    There are six components to this course:
    ComponentGraduate WeightUndergraduate Weight
    Text Questions10%10%
    Plagiarism Quiz5%5%
    Library Activity25%30%
    Annotated Bibliography25%25%
    Book Review10%10% (extra credit)

    Explanation of Course Components:

    Text and Film Questions. Each Tuesday by Noon, each student must e-mail Professor Golland two questions based on the text and/or film assignment for that week. The questions should be the starting point for discussion, and should not be about the text or film per se but should be stimulated by the assignment--a genuine quest for further knowledge inspired by the homework. Professor Golland will compile all of the questions and distribute them to the other students in the class.

    Plagiarism Quiz. This brief quiz will be based on "Avoiding Plagiarism," which can be found below. Students must take the quiz at the University of Indiana School of Education Plagiarism Test Site. Successful completion of the test will result in a certificate, which you should print, complete and sign, and leave in my faculty mailbox (in the CAS office) by Noon on September 28 (or hand it to me earlier).

    Participation. Each student is expected to meet with Professor Golland at least once per week (except for Thanksgiving week) for 20 to 30 minutes and be prepared to actively engage in discussion of the assigned text/film. Professor Golland's office hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1:00 to 4:00. In addition, he will be available on a limited basis--by appointment only--in the evenings or on other weekdays. His office is E2586 (E2543 after construction). Two or more students, or even all the students in the class, may choose to work together and meet with Professor Golland together.

    The Library Activity is the equivalent of a midterm exam. It is due on Wednesday, October 26, at Noon. There are two sections to this assignment. The first section is about historians. The second section is about slave narratives. For the first section, graduate students choose six of the historians who appear in the assigned films for the course (undergraduates choose three), then write a minimum of 100 words each on the importance of each historian's work to the scholarship on American slavery. The historians from whom you can choose are Bobby Donaldson, W. Scott Poole, Bernard E. Powers, Jr., Graham Russell Gao Hodges, Thomas J. David, James Oliver Horton, Peter H. Wood, Ira Berlin, Jennifer L. Morgan, James Oakes, J. Douglas Deal, Daniel C. Littlefield, Norrece T. Jones, Jr., Mia Bay, Nell Irvin Painter, Andrew Billingsley, Jean Fagin Yellin, Jennifer L. Morgan, Leslie M. Harris, John K. Thorton, and Deborah Gray White. For the second section, graduate students choose six slave narratives (undergraduates choose three) found in American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology. Then answer the following questions, with a minimum of 500 words: 1. Which five narratives did you choose, and why? 2. What new insights did each of these narratives give you on life as an American slave?

    The Annotated bibliography comprises the first component of the final exam for graduate students and the entire final exam for undergraduates. It is due Tuesday, November 29, at Noon. The annotated bibliography must include a paragraph on each of the course's books. Each paragraph must begin with standard bibliographical information (author or editor's name, title, location of publication, publisher name, year published, and number of pages) as well as a brief synopsis of the book. In other words, write a citation and a brief explanation for each book. Please note: failure to submit the annotated bibliography by the deadline will be the equivalent of being absent from the final exam, and will result in a grade of "Incomplete" for the class if the student would otherwise pass the course, and a grade of "F" if the student otherwise would not pass the course.

    The Book Review comprises the second component of the final exam for graduate students; it is extra credit for undergraduates. it is due Thursday, December 1, at Noon. Students may review any one of the required books for the course. Reviews should be 2-3 pages in length and briefly explain the purpose and scope of the work, note the work's strengths and weaknesses, and discuss the importance of the work to the field. Students may choose to read this example of a scholarly historical review. Please note: graduate students failing to submit the review by the deadline will be the equivalent of being absent from the final exam, and will result in a grade of "Incomplete" for the class if the student would otherwise pass the course, and a grade of "F" if the student otherwise would not pass the course.

    The mathematical scores will strictly translate into letter grades as follows:
    90 or higher: A
    80 or higher: B
    70 or higher: C
    60 or higher: D
    Less than 60: F

    Note: all students will receive the exact grade they have earned, and grades will NOT be rounded up. For example, a student with a mathematical score of 89.999 will receive a B; a student with a mathematical score of 59.999 will receive an F.

    Schedule of Assignments: (Top)
    Remember that text/film questions are due every Tuesday at Noon.
    Due DateReadWatch
    August 30Betty Wood, allAfricans in America, Part 1
    September 6Edmund Morgan, Book IAfricans in America, Part 2
    September 13Morgan, Book IIAfricans in America, Part 3
    September 20Morgan, Books III and IVAfricans in America, Part 4
    September 27Ira Berlin, Part I 
    October 4Berlin, Part II 
    October 11Berlin, Part IIIRoots of Resistance
    October 18Robert Fogel, Part ISlavery and the Making of America, Part 1
    October 25Fogel, Part IISlavery and the Making of America, Part 2
    November 1James Oakes, all 
    November 8James McPherson, allJohn Brown's Holy War
    November 15Eric Foner, all 
    November 29 Slavery and the Making of America, Parts 3-4

    Other Important Dates: (Top)
    September 28Plagiarism quiz certificate due Noon today.
    October 26Library Activity Due Noon today.
    October 31Last day to withdraw without penalty
    November 29Annotated bibliography due Noon today.
    December 1Book review due Noon today.

    Avoiding Plagiarism by Good Paraphrasing, Quoting and Documentation (Top)
    From Prof. Timothy C. Gsell
    Give credit to your sources, because they deserve it. Many students inadvertently plagiarize the intellectual work of others, and run the risk of receiving an F. It is easy to plagiarize, especially with all the information on the web! Simply fail to give credit where credit is due, and you are a plagiarist. That is all there is to it. But how can one know when credit is due, you ask? Read this carefully:

    Document your source if you paraphrase or quote. Failure to do so is an act of plagiarism, even if it is innocent. It is easy to plagiarize even though one does not intend to steal another?s work. Therefore, it is very important to understand the essentials of paraphrasing and quoting discussed below.

    If in doubt, consult a handbook on good writing or contact me. I strongly recommend this if your are not sure about documenting written material. The following quotes are from the Prentice-Hall Handbook for Writers, 10th edition. Chapter 45 (The Research Paper). But there are other good handbooks with similar words of wisdom:
  • A paraphrase is a restatement of the source material in your own words, syntax, and style but preserving the tone of the original?. and of approximately the same length (not as summary). A paraphrase uses the original author?s idea and presents it in your own language. Since in paraphrasing you borrowing someone?s thoughts, you must document the source when you use the paraphrase in your paper (page 470).
  • A direct quotation records exactly the words of the original source (as well as the exact punctuation and even any spelling errors). Like summaries and paraphrases, direct quotations require citations in your paper crediting the source from which you copied them. In general, use direct quotations only for particularly telling phrases or for information that must be rendered exactly as you found it (page 470).
  • Plagiarism consists of passing off ideas, opinions, conclusions, facts, words (intellectual property) of another as your own. Plagiarism is dishonest and carries penalties not only in academic environments but in all professions, as well as copyright law (page 470).
  • Long word-for-word quotations are rarely appropriate to a paper or particularly to a lab report. Use of all or most of a single sentence or an apt figure of speech without acknowledgment from another source is also dishonest and considered plagiarism (page 470).
  • Even if you acknowledge the source in a citation, you are still plagiarizing when you incorporate in your work faultily paraphrased or summarized material from another author in which you follow almost exactly the original?s sentence patterns and phrasing. Paraphrasing and summarizing require that you fully digest an author?s ideas and interpretations and restate them in your own words. It is not enough simply to modify the original author?s sentences slightly, to change a word here and there (page 472).
  • A research report or paper loaded with quotations or consisting of long quotations stitched loosely together with brief comments will almost always be an unsatisfactory paper (page 474).
  • Make use of paraphrases and summaries instead of quotations in most cases where sources are cited. Frequently, the point can be made better in your own words, with proper citations, than in the words of the original (page 474)

    Take the plagiarism quiz now!

    Wikipedia Research Policy, by Prof. Alan Liu (Top)
    Click HERE for the article.

    Writing Center (Top)
    In that writing assignments are weighted heavily in this class, students are encouraged, but not required to attend the Writing Center for assistance in completing the writing assignments. In- depth individual assistance with research papers or any other writing for classes is available through the Writing Center. For one-on-one help, please call 708.534.4508 to make an appointment. On-site tutoring is available by appointment only. The Writing Center desk in the Library offers students the opportunity to ask questions dealing with the research assignments. Click on www.govst.edu/owl to find writing help at home. You may submit a copy of your paper for revision suggestions, obtain information about virtual appointments, and find sources for help with research writing as well as sources for general writing help, including grammar resources.

    Counseling Center (Top)
    The Counseling Center of the Academic Resource Center at Governors State University (GSU) has a staff of experienced professionals who provide a variety of counseling services for GSU undergraduate and graduate students. The counselors support and adhere to the professional, ethical, and legal standards as described by the American Psychological Association, as well as other professional organizations. Our mission is to contribute to the overall quality of campus life for students, and to support the academic endeavors of our students. The Counseling Center is located in the Academic Resource Center, B1215. Office hours are Monday?Thursday 8:30 a.m.?7 p.m. and Fridays 8:30 a.m.?5 p.m. For personal counseling, contact Katherine Helm, 708.235.7334. For academic counseling, call 708.534.4508.

    Services for Students with Disabilities: (Top)
    GSU is committed to providing all students equal access to all university programs and facilities. Students who have a documented physical, psychological, or learning disability and need academic accommodations, must register with Access Services for Students with Disabilities (ASSD). Please contact the Coordinator of ASSD in Room B1201 in person; by e-mail, assd@govst.edu; or by calling 708.235.3968. If you are already registered, please contact your instructor privately regarding your academic accommodations.

    Contact Information: (Top)
    Professor David Hamilton Golland
    Division of Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Sciences
    Governors State University
    Office Location: E2586 (E2543 after construction)
    E-mail: dgolland@govst.edu

    Links: (Top)
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    Photo Credit: "Am I not a Man and a Brother?" Exhibit: Stanford University; Online Location: http://www.stanford.edu/class/history29s/

    Content Credit: Much of the content of this syllabus has been adapted--and some sections pulled verbatim--from Elizabeth Johnson, Ph.D., "HIST545 VA Course Syllabus," available at the GSU website.

    Disclaimer: None of the above shall be construed to supercede GSU policy or local, state, or federal laws. Any instructions or information on this website found to be in violation of said policies or laws can and should be ignored.

    Last Updated 16 December 2011 (DHG)