This course evolves. Its syllabus may change significantly from semester to semester.
Hst 417/517: The Era of the American Revolution, 1760-1800
Dr. Owen Stephen Ireland, 146 FOB 395-5627
Or by Appointment
HST 417 is a
course. It requires you to research and write a major paper of 20-25 pages. Its prerequisites are Hst 211 AND Hst 390. [ Or equivalents]
I need to see a copy of your 390 paper by Friday.
Required Texts: NONE Recommended: Hacker, Diana. A Pocket Style Manual.
Major Paper: 20-25 pages 25%
Preliminary Drafts 25%
Define area and preliminary bibliography 5% Due week two
Outline and Bib 5% Due week three
Five page draft 5% Due week six
Ten page draft 5% Due week eleven
Oral presentation 5% Due week fourteen
Final Exam 25%
YOU MUST ATTEND REGULARLY. I DEPEND ON YOUR PRESENCE AND YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS. IF YOU NOW KNOW THAT YOUR OTHER OBLIGATIONS WILL INTERFER WITH YOUR ATTENDANCE, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER TAKEING ANOTHER COUSE THIS SEMESTER AND COME BACK WHEN YOU CAN MAKE THE TIME COMMITMENT.
1. SEVENTEEN ESSAYS ON VARIOUS INTERPRETATONS AND PERSPECTIVES ON THE REVOLUTION [H-1 THRU H-17] Angel
2. TEN ESSAYS ON WOMEN IN THE ERA OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION [W-1 THRU W-10] Angel
3. SIX WRITING ASSIGNMENTS
12. 9/22 H-6- Macdonell “Popular Mobilization and Political Culture.”
13. 9/24 W-4- Nash, “Rethinking Republican Motherhood.”
14. 9/26 H-7 Macdonell. “World Turned “Topsy-Turvey.”
15. 9/29 W-5- Zagarrie, “Morals, Manners and the Republican Mother.”
16. 10/1 No reading assignment
17. 10/3 FIVE PAGE PAPER : PAPER at class time and ELECTROINC at 8 am.
18. 10/6 H-8 Comments on wood
19. 10/8 W-6- Kierner
20. 10/10 H-9 Wood responds
21. 10/15 W-7- Bodle
22. 10/17 H-10 Alexander
23. 10/20 H-11 Morgan on Nash and Lynd
24. 10/22 W-8-Ireland “Esther DeBerdt Reed”
25. 10/24 H-12- Ireland “Crux”
26. 10/27 H-13- Beard 
27. 10/29 W-9-Bolch, “ Changing Conceptions of Sex and Romance in Eighteenth Century America.”
28. 10/31 H-14- [Hofstsadter on Beard??]
29. 11/3 NO READING ASSIGNMENT
30. 11/5 NO READING ASSIGNMENT
31. 11/7 TEN PAGE PAPER. PAPER at class time plus ELECTRONIC 8(eight) AM
32. 11/10 W-10-Klepp, “Revolutionary Bodies
33. 11/12 H-15 Cheng, “American Historical Writers and the Loyalists
34. 11/14 H-16 Conway, “From Fellow Nationals to Foreigners.”
35. 11/17 H-17 [Knott, “Sensibility.”]
36. 11/19 DETERMINE SEQUENCE FOR ABSTRACTS
37. 11/21 FINAL EXAMINATION
38. 11/24 WRITTEN ABSTRACTS DUE: Electronic. 8(eight) AM
In class, ORAL ABSTRACTS in class. Three or four as time permits. Those presenting their oral abstracts today MUST also bring paper copies, one for me and one for each member of the class.
39. 12/1 ORAL ABSTRCTS 
40. 12/3 ORAL ABSTRCTS 
41. 12/5 ORAL ABSTRCTS [n]
12/8 EXAM WEEK- FINAL PAPER DUR ON THE DAY OF THE FINAL EXAM 8 (eight) AM ELECTRONIC ONLY
12/19 I WILL RETURN YOUR PAPERS WITH MY COMMENTS ELECTRONICALLY VIA ANGEL.
. Due on day of final exam: eight  AM. [no penalties for early submission]
Twenty to twenty-five pages: Electronic ONLY . FORM-- Hacker.
In the last week of the semester, each of you will present to the class an abstract of your paper: thesis, the argument and evidence, and significance. [250-500 words]. Three to five minute presentation, five to eight minutes for questions and discussion. Electronic copies of your abstract must be distributed to the class in advance, i.e., on November 24.
TOTAL POINTS FOR RESEARCH AND WRITING= 50 OUT OF 100
You may choose one of the topics below or develop one of your own. If you develop your own, you need to convince me that: 1. you have not researched and are not now researching this topic for credit in another course, 2. the topic is worthy of the time and energy I expect you to devote to it, and 3. you can find the resources necessary to complete it in a timely fashion.
Research Exercise: Swimming Up Stream
Your now have your first preliminary bibliography. It should include:
Plagiarism Please be Careful.
I will feel free to give you a quiz any day we have a reading assignment. For each essay we read, you should come to class prepared to identify the thesis [25 words], summarize the main points in the argument the author offers in defense of that thesis, evaluate the thesis in light of that argument, and explore ways in which this article relates to most of what we have already read.
You must be here in order to participate. Therefore, more than three unexcused absences will drastically reduce your participation grade. In the same light, you must say something in class in order to earn full participation points.
History major Michael Zagari has been accepted into the Duquesne University School of Law this coming fall on a full academic scholarship! During his time at Brockport, Mike has played on the NCAA men’s ice hockey team and has won the Jack Crandall and Robert Griswold History Department Awards.
History major Gabrielle Brannigan received a scholarship to enter the MA program in Social Studies and Special Education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.
Dr. Takashi Nishiyama has published a book, Engineering War and Peace in Modern Japan, 1868-1964 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).
The department will host the NEH Workshop, Rochester Reform Trail, for K-12 teachers in July 2015.
The Malik Lecture will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 7 pm at the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage.
The Robert Marcus Lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 7:30 pm in the lecture hall (room 104) of the Liberal Arts Building.