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De Anza College 19th Century American History Paper



Not required but recommended, any general us history text book.

American Promise

Give Me Liberty by Foner

Dictionary of American History

any .edu source


“But of all the views of this law none is more important, none more legitimate, than that of rendering the people the safe, as they are the ultimate, guardians of their own liberty. For this purpose the reading in the first stage, where they will receive their whole education, is proposed, as has been said, to be chiefly historical. History by apprising them of the past will enable them to judge of the future; it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views.

Thomas Jefferson, 1787

“Notes on the State of Virginia”

Liberty is freedom

Materials needed for this course,

Howard Zinn, “a people’s history”

this book is available for free at the web site



The book can also be purchased if you prefer to have a hard copy.

How will we be using this book this fall?

Once you have found your passages from the reading, write a 500 word response to the chapter.

What did you get from the reading? What questions came to mind from the reading? What did you like or dislike in the reading?

Primary source – any source from the time under study.

Secondary sources – text books, Zinn,

Course description

History 17 B provides a broad sweep of the history of the United States. We will be covering a wide range of events, but we can not do it all. We will be having conversations on specific issues that have shaped the American experience.

We will talk about events from the 19th. We will discuss topics such as the Constitution, challenges to the Constitution, Civil War, Slavery; these are a just a few examples of the topics for consideration this semester.

Classroom procedure

Part of your grade will be based upon participation in our discussions. You will be expected to bring to class a 500 word essay in your words in which you provide comment and reflection, questions and answers, concerns and your own thoughts in reaction to the assigned reading for that night.

Five papers equals 100 points

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