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HIST1302 PART 1: Online Self-Study Section
Covering Events from 1865 through 1900

Due to the fact that the number of in-class hours (3 per week) provided to teach HIST1302 have not increased since the early 1970s and due also to the fact that several decades of "new" history have been made since that time, I have found it necessary to introduce a self-taught section in order to cover the entire time period this course requires (from 1865 to the present-day).


IMPORTANT!!!

This section entails a fair amount of outside class study time. Do not make the mistake of leaving it until the last moment to complete! Students should start working on this during the first month of the semester in order to complete it by the end of the semester!

Although all assignments as well as the exam associated with this section may be completed at any time during the semester, all requirements (see items 3, 6, and 10 below) MUST be completed by the deadline date given in the course syllabus/calendar.


Here is a step-by-step procedure for completing this section of the course: (NOTE: There are 10 steps; be sure to scroll all the way down to see all ten.)

  1. Download/print ARE1 Questions. NECESSARY

  2. Complete ARE1 by referring to the appropriate links. NECESSARY

  3. Answer the ARE1 questions online (eCampus for Richland students/Canvas for Collin students) by the deadline given in the course syllabus/calendar. REQUIRED

  4. Download/print MAPEX1 Questions. NECESSARY

  5. Complete MAPEX1 by referring to the appropriate links. NECESSARY

  6. Answer the MAPEX1 questions online (eCampus for Richland students/Canvas for Collin students) by the deadline given in the course syllabus/calendar. REQUIRED

  7. Study the PART 1 PowerPoint Presentations online (PDF) NECESSARY

  8. Read that portion of your textbook that covers the years 1865 through 1900. (NOT REQUIRED BUT STRONGLY RECOMMENDED)

  9. Take EXAM 1 by the deadline date given in the course syllabus/calendar. Richland College students, take EXAM5 on eCampus; Collin College students take EXAM5 on Canvas REQUIRED


  10. READING for HIST1302, Part One

    Section One: The Close of the Nineteenth Century (1865-1900)

    Additional Reading Exercise 1 (ARE1)
    See Course Calendar for Due Date

    Background Information: Following the publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species (1859) and The Descent of Man (1871), people called "Freethinkers" began arguing that religions were anachronistic man-made inventions which had no place in modern society. In the United States the "Freethought" movement included luminaries such as orator Robert G. Ingersoll, inventor Thomas Edison, botanist Luther Burbank, civil rights advocate W.E.B. Dubois, trial lawyer Clarence Darrow, and women's rights activists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Banding together in "Liberal Leagues," these self-identified "Infidels" also demanded stricter interpretation of the First Amendment's separation of church and state. Not surprisingly, religious leaders and organizations took the opposite view, particularly supporters of the so-called "Christian Amendment" movement, which sought to bring about a closer relationship between Christianity and the federal government. Simultaneously, many Protestant Christians joined with the anti-theists to oppose public funding for sectarian schools, particularly those operated by the Roman Catholic Church. All this activity raised serious questions about the meaning and extent of the First Amendment not only as regards the freedoms of religion, of speech and of the press but also what role government should or should not take in religious matters, questions which remain unsettled today.

    The purpose of this assignment is to provide the student with an opportunity to learn about and explore these controversies, to analyze them, to form opinions about them, and to recognize their relevance in the social discourse of not only the late nineteenth century but also the present day.

    • Catholic World "The School Question" (April 1870)

    • Charles Darwin The Descent of Man (1871)
      IMPORTANT NOTE: This link has been set to open to the first page you will need to answer the question(s). If necessary, you may use your mouse to drag the pointing finger icon at the bottom of the webpage to another page you want to view, or you may flip through the pages using the arrow keys on the bottom right hand side of the page.

    • Proceedings of the National Convention to Secure the Religious Amendment of the Constitution of the United States (1873)
      IMPORTANT NOTE: This link has been set to open to the first page you will need to answer the question(s). If necessary, you may use your mouse to drag the pointing finger icon at the bottom of the webpage to another page you want to view, or you may flip through the pages using the arrow keys on the bottom right hand side of the page.

    • President Ulysses S. Grant's Seventh Annual Message to Congress (December 7, 1875)

    • The Pew Research Foundation "The Blaine Game: Controversy Over the Blaine Amendments and Public Funding of Religion" (2008 in reference to 1875)

    • Equal Rights in Religion: Report of the Centennial Congress of Liberals (1876)
      IMPORTANT NOTE: This link has been set to open to the first page you will need to answer the question(s). If necessary, you may use your mouse to drag the pointing finger icon at the bottom of the webpage to another page you want to view, or you may flip through the pages using the arrow keys on the bottom right hand side of the page.

    • Robert Patterson Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith (1876)
      IMPORTANT NOTE: This link has been set to open to the first page you will need to answer the question(s). If necessary, you may use your mouse to drag the pointing finger icon at the bottom of the webpage to another page you want to view, or you may flip through the pages using the arrow keys on the bottom right hand side of the page.

    • The Index (November 20, 1877)

    • Rev. Henry Ward Beecher Evolution and Religion: Eight Sermons (1885)
      IMPORTANT NOTE: This link has been set to open to the first page you will need to answer the question(s). If necessary, you may use your mouse to drag the pointing finger icon at the bottom of the webpage to another page you want to view, or you may flip through the pages using the arrow keys on the bottom right hand side of the page.

    • The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin (1887)
      IMPORTANT NOTE: This link has been set to open to the first page you will need to answer the question(s). If necessary, you may use your mouse to drag the pointing finger icon at the bottom of the webpage to another page you want to view, or you may flip through the pages using the arrow keys on the bottom right hand side of the page.

    • Robert Green Ingersoll "Why am I an Agnostic?" (National Review, December 1, 1889)

    • Elizabeth Cady Stanton The Woman's Bible (1898)

    • Robert Green Ingersoll Trial of C.B. Reynolds for Blasphemy (1899)

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    Maps for HIST1302, Part One

    Download/Print MAP EXERCISE 1
    See Course Calendar for Due Date

    Click on each map to see a larger image.

    Alaska Purchase, 1867

    Alaska Purchase, 1867
    (Source: Library of Congress)

    Great Sioux Reservation, 1868

    Great Sioux Reservation, 1868
    (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

    Chinese Population, 1872

    Chinese Population, 1872
    (Source: Library of Congress)

    Foreign Born Population, 1880

    Foreign Born Population, 1880
    (Source: Library of Congress)

    'Colored' Population, 1880

    "Colored" Population, 1880
    (Source: Library of Congress)

    Government Land Grants to Railroads, through 1880

    Government Land Grants to Railroads, through 1880
    (Source: Library of Congress)

    Political Parties, through 1884

    Political Parties, through 1884
    (Source: Library of Congress)

    'How the Public Domain has been squandered,' 1884

    "How the Public Domain has been squandered," 1884
    (Source: Library of Congress)

    Railroad Systems of the United States, 1890

    Railroad Systems of the United States, 1890
    (Source: Library of Congress)

    New York City tenements, 1890

    New York City tenements, 1890
    (Source: Library of Congress)
    NOTE: North is to the right on this map!

    Indian and Oklahoma Territory, 1892

    Indian and Oklahoma Territory, 1892
    (Source: Library of Congress)

    Indian and Oklahoma Territory, 1894

    Indian and Oklahoma Territory, 1894
    (Source: Library of Congress)

    Hawaiian Islands 1898

    Hawaiian Islands 1898
    (Source: Dr. Butler's Book Collection)

    Philippine Islands 1899

    Philippine Islands 1899
    (Source: Dr. Butler's Book Collection)

    War with Spain, 1898

    War with Spain, 1898
    (Source: Library of Congress)

    European Immigration, 1900

    European Immigration, 1900
    (Source: Dr. Butler's Book Collection)

    Homestead, PA in 1902

    Bird's Eye View of Homestead, Pennsylvania (1902)
    (Source: Library of Congress)

    1880 Presidential Election

    1880 Presidential Election
    (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

    1884 Presidential Election

    1884 Presidential Election
    (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

    1888 Presidential Election

    1888 Presidential Election
    (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

    1892 Presidential Election

    1892 Presidential Election
    (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

    1896 Presidential Election

    1896 Presidential Election
    (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

    1900 Presidential Election

    1900 Presidential Election
    (Source: Wikimedia Commons)


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