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HIST2123: U.S. History Before 1877

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Let's find out!
Between the founding of the United States and the end of the Civil War, there were 16 Presidents. Name them. (No use of Google or other search engines)
What do you know?
And I once was young
Who am I?
Welcome to U.S. History Before 1877
No one really likes them
Bottled water and light snacks are allowed
Some Stinkin' Rules
History has many directions
This is a survey class covering original native culture through the Civil War
What is this class about?
HIST2123: U.S. History Before 1877
Arkansas State University Mid-South

Fall 2016 - Mark McClellan, Instructor
This is not good
1. Don't come to class
How to Fail This Class
How You Will Be Graded
Your Decision
Four Exams @ 100 pts. each = 400
And next time, the story begins....
Your first impression is....
And...
You never get a second chance to make a...
First Impression
Why are you here?
1. History is interesting
2. History is boring, but not as boring as other subjects
3. Someone told me I should take this class
4. I have to take it
5. It fit my schedule
6. Why not?
What do you hope to accomplish?
1. Make an A
2. Actually learn some stuff and make an A
3. Do as little as possible and make a B
4. Fail this class
5. I have zero ambition and don't care
@asumshistory
asumshistory
6. I have already texted my friends or posted that I hate school
How many of you use Twitter?
If so, take out your phone now and follow
@asumshistory

How many of you use Instagram?
If so, take out your phone and find
asumshistory

If you do neither, you will be able to access the same information in
CampusCruiser

Let's test this: Send a post in Twitter tagging me with the hashtag #FirstDayASUMS
Or post a photo on Instagram of something representative of the first day of class with #FirstDayASUMS

Name the original 13 colonies.
The author of the Declaration of Independence was?
How many Native Americans (approximately) lived in the Americas at the time of European arrival?
Name the southern states that seceded from the United States to form the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.
First 16 Presidents
1. George Washington
2. John Adams
3. Thomas Jefferson
4. James Madison
5. James Monroe
6. John Quincy Adams
7. Andrew Jackson
8. Martin Van Buren
9. William Henry Harrison
10. John Tyler
11. James K. Polk
12. Zachary Taylor
13. Millard Fillmore
14. Franklin Pierce
15. James Buchanan
16. Abraham Lincoln
Original 13 Colonies
1. New Hampshire
2. Massachusetts Bay
3. Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
4. Connecticut
5. New York
6. New Jersey
7. Pennsylvania
8. Delaware
9. Maryland
10. Virginia
11. North Carolina
12. South Carolina
13. Georgia
Author of the Declaration of Independence....
Thomas Jefferson
Number of Native Americans....
No number known, but estimates generally fall between 7-15 million
States of the Confederacy:
1. South Carolina
2. Mississippi
3. Florida
4. Alabama
5. Georgia
6. Louisiana
7. Texas
8. Virginia
9. Arkansas
10. North Carolina
11. Tennessee
Of the first 16 Presidents, how many of them were assassinated?
The answer is....
1(Abraham Lincoln)
Of the first 16 Presidents, how many of them survived an assassination attempt?
The answer is....
1 (Andrew Jackson)
Of the first 16 Presidents, how many of them never married?
The answer is....
1 (James Buchanan)
Of the first 16 Presidents, how many of them, at one time, owned slaves?
The answer is....
10
Mark McClellan
B.A., Journalism (Auburn University)
M.A., History (University of Memphis)
Born in Alabama and have lived additionally in Louisiana, North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee
Consider Bremen, Georgia, to be my hometown
I have been working since I was 11 years old.
Among the jobs I've had in my life...
Grass Cutter, Janitor, Newspaper Reporter, Security Guard, College Sports Information Director, Writer, Radio DJ, Radio Sports Play-by-Play Announcer, College Scholarship Director...
I am the youngest of three children.
Married to Deirdre for nine years
One son: Preston - Director of Digital Media for the PGA Tour
Two stepchildren: Zach, a neurosurgeon in Jackson, Miss., and Zoe who is currently in medical school
Where we go and what we cover is largely up to you
How would you define history?
Describe history in one word
Let's look at some examples...
Facts are facts. How they are interpreted can vary widely.
Discovery of the Americas....
2. Don't turn in many of your assignments on time
3. Don't study for exams
4. Don't read the material and don't participate in class
However, if you would like to be unique and different than most people...
Then graduate from college. Less than 35% of people in Arkansas have done that.
One Dreaded Oral Presentation = 100
12 learning assessments @25 pts. each = 300
Four Writing Assignments @50 pts. each = 200
Attendance is not required. However, for concurrent students, it is reported to your high school and they don't like it when you don't show up.
Respect the opinion of others even though you may disagree.
Cell phones are allowed to be out only at designated times
What are those designated times?
We have two 2-minute phone breaks during class
Write and speak coherently, please.
History is not pretty. It is not neat. It is often ugly.
But it is one heck of a story.
Assignments are due on the designated date.
Late assignments are accepted up to one week
past the due date at a maximum of 50% credit.
After one week, assignments are no longer accepted.
Five Kinds of Students in History
1. The ones who don't care or who think it's not cool to be interested
-These students usually fail the course
2. The ones who think every class they take is boring and awful and the biggest waste of time ever
-These students don't have a learning problem. They have an attitude problem and will usually make no higher than a C.
3. The ones who think they know history, but ...
And ...

4. The ones who think they know a lot about history and are eager to share that knowledge, but...
And then there are the rest of you...
900-1000
A
800-899
B
700-799
C
600-699
D
0-599
F
YES!!!
OK
MEH
OH HELL NO
How many of you tend

to procrastinate?
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