War and American Society

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Instructor   Jerry Alan Sayers

E-mail:        School:  sayersd@jcschools.org
               Home:    dusty@sayersnet.com

Course Web Page:    http://www.sayersnet.com/history

Objective: The purpose of this course is to examine the history of the United States from 1877 to the present in so that students may appreciate their heritage, understand their world, and be prepared to be successful citizens as adults.


    1.    Quizzes, homework, and class work count as a daily grade.
    2.    Tests and projects count as two daily grades.
    3.    The final exam will count as 15% of the course grade.

Extra credit will not be assigned to improve a grade. 

Work is late if it is not ready to be handed in at the beginning of class (unless otherwise instructed).  Late work will receive a penalty of 5 points per day, and must be submitted within five days of the due date.  Missed tests must be made up within three days of a student’s return to school. Tests may require a full class period, so always be present on test days! 

This course involves watching movies.  Some are documentaries or educational films; others were produced by Hollywood.  Some will be shown in clips and others in their entirety.  These movies are not shown for entertainment.  They are meant to illustrate and supplement lectures and other assignments and to spark discussion.  Paying attention to them is an assignment as important as paying attention to any other part of class or completing any other work.

1.Be in assigned seat when bell rings.
2.Have class materials ready and personal put away when bell rings.
3.Only speak with permission.
4.Be respectful of others.
5.Turn in work on time.
6.Keep the room tidy.
7.Only leave the room with a hall pass.
8.Quid pro quo  

2010 Fall Session
In case of inclement weather, lecture and test dates may move back one day for each day missed.  This syllabus is somewhat flexible and will be adjusted over the course of the semester, but if you do not hear otherwise, assume that quizzes and tests will fall on the dates listed.  Further quizzes and projects may be announced throughout the semester.

AUG 4     Welcome

AUG 5     Election Day (NO SCHOOL)

AUG 6     Introduction


AUG 9     Terminology

AUG 10    Colonial Wars

AUG 11    The French and Indian War

AUG 12    The Last of the Mohicans

AUG 13    The Last of the Mohicans *


AUG 16    Mr Pitt's War (Terminology Quiz)  

AUG 17    The Shot Heard Round the World    Test 1 (Take Home):  Colonial Wars due 

AUG 18    The Invasion of Canada and the Liberation of Boston 

AUG 19    Long Island *

AUG 20    Crossing the Delaware


AUG 23    Saratoga 

AUG 24    The Times that Try Men’s Souls

AUG 25    The War Turns South 

AUG 26    The Overmountain Men 

AUG 27    The World Turned Upside Down


AUG 30    The Patriot

AUG 31    The Patriot

SEP  1    Test 2:  The American Revolution

SEP  2    The Barbary Wars

SEP  3    The War of 1812  



SEP  7    The War of 1812  

SEP  8    The War of 1812 *

SEP  9    The Seminole Wars *

SEP 10    The War for Texan Independence * 


SEP 13    Remember the Alamo!

SEP 14    Remember the Alamo!

SEP 15    The Mexican War  *

SEP 16    The Mexican War  *

SEP 17    NO SCHOOL    


SEP 20    Test 3:  The Wars of Manifest Destiny

SEP 21    Fort Sumter and First Manassas (Bull Run)

SEP 22    Shiloh and the Peninsular Campaign

SEP 23    Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville

SEP 24    Gettysburg


SEP 27    The High Tide of the Confederacy

SEP 28    The 54th Massachusetts

SEP 29    Chickamauga and Chattanooga

SEP 30    Marching Through Georgia

OCT  1    Grant in Virginia


OCT  4    Appomattox

OCT  5    Test 4:  The War between the States

OCT  6    How the West was Won

OCT  7    The Spanish American War

OCT  8    The Philippine Insurrection and the Punitive Expedition






OCT 18    The Great War

OCT 19    Alvin York

OCT 20    The Lost Battalion

OCT 21    The Treaty of Versailles

OCT 22    Test 5:  The Wars of Imperialism and the Great War


OCT 25    Blitzkrieg *

OCT 26    Blitzkrieg *

OCT 27    A Date Which Will Live in Infamy *

OCT 28    Operation TORCH *

OCT 29    The Invasion of Italy *


NOV  1    The Invasion of Italy *


NOV  3    Patton

NOV  4    The Eastern Front *

NOV  5    D-Day *


NOV  8    Airborne Training

NOV  9    The 101st Airborne

NOV 10    The 101st Airborne on D-Day

NOV 11    Operation MARKET GARDEN *

NOV 12    Operation MARKET GARDEN *


NOV 15    The Battle of the Bulge *

NOV 16    The Battle of the Bulge *

NOV 17    Crossing the Rhine

NOV 18    Crossing the Rhine

NOV 19    Victory in Europe


NOV 22    Victory in Europe

NOV 23    Striking Back against Japan *





NOV 29    Island Hopping *

NOV 30    Island Hopping *

DEC  1    Victory over Japan *

DEC  2    Test 6:  World War II

DEC  3    The Korean War *


DEC  6    The War in Vietnam *

DEC  7    Tet *

DEC  8    Primary Sources from the Vietnam War

DEC  9    The Cold War

DEC 10    Desert Storm


DEC 13    The War on Terror

DEC 14    Test 7:  America as a Superpower

DEC 15    Review






This page last updated 6 November, 2010.