Master Syllabus
U.S. History 2341
Old South

The purpose of the History Department is threefold. First we provide excellent instruction in the discipline of history. Second, we provide each student with six semester hours of U.S. History instruction to meet the requirements of the Texas Education Code (51.303). Third, we provide history majors with fifteen semester hours of history instruction to prepare them to successfully pursue a bachelor's or higher degree in history at a four-year college or university.


Course Description: A survey of the political, economic, social, and constitutional events in the American South to 1861.

Course Textbook: Clement Eaton, The Old South (3rd Ed.)

Course Rationale: This course offers the student the opportunity to examine in depth the American South from 1607 to 1861.  It provides interested students the ability to fulfill the Legislative Requirement in U.S. History with an alternative to the survey courses and provides an elective for History majors and other transfer curriculum students.

Program-Level Student Learning Outcomes: upon completion of the A.A. degree in History students will be able to:

1. Use critical thinking in the analysis of historical facts
2. Demonstrate civic awareness in the appraisal of historical contexts
3. Demonstrate cultural awareness in the assessment of historical situations

Course-Level Student Learning Outcomes: upon completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Use critical thinking in the analysis of historical facts
2. Demonstrate civic awareness in the appraisal of historical contexts
3. Demonstrate cultural awareness in the assessment of historical situations

Common Course Objectives: After completing HIST 2341 The Old South, the student should be able to:

1. Describe the geography of the American South in terms of regions and features.

2. Explain the motivations, character, and successes of the early settlers in the southern colonies.

3. Describe the major economic conditions in each of the early southern colonies.

4. Explain the social & cultural background of early southern settlers.

5. Describe the basic institutions of early colonial government & explain how this influenced the political thinking of the settlers.

6. Identify the British attempts to control the American southern economy and how this influenced the political thinking of the
settlers.

7. Describe the military, political, and social impact of the American Revolution on the American South.

8. Describe the role of southern leaders in the formation of the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution.

9. Explain the impact of Washington & Jefferson on the new government.

10. Describe the French & Spanish Creole society in the South.

11. Describe the role of the South  and its leaders in the War of 1812.

12. Explain the role of the plantation in the southern economy & society.

13. Describe the rise of slavery in the 18th & 19th century South.

14. Describe the position & influence of the yeomen farmers in the South.

15. Describe the role of Jackson in southern history through 1837.

16. Explain the rise & decline of the Whigs in the South.

17. Describe the rise of southern sectionalism & the role played by Calhoun.

18. Describe the Americanization of Texas prior to 1846.

19. Describe the state of education, the arts, & architecture in the 19th century South.

20. Explain how the events of the 1850ís encouraged sectionalism in the South.

21. Explain how the election of 1860 drove eleven southern states to secession.

Syllabi requirements are found HERE.



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