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History 111 - United States History I (U.S. History to Reconstruction) - Gustavo Jimenez

Course:United States History I (U.S. History to Reconstruction)
Professor:Gustavo Jimenez
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week



Welcome! My name is Professor Gustavo Jimenez and this class for Fall 2021 session will be Online-Live! You will be required to attend class on the required time meetings and attendance will be taken. The class meetings will be recorded for use in this class for those that are not able to make it and it is your responsibility to make sure you view the missed class. 

Course Description

This class surveys American history, from the Pre-Columbian era through Reconstruction, emphasizing the political, cultural, economic, and social history of the United States. Our focus will be to look at the diverse events, people, and topics that have shaped American history. We will begin the class by looking at Native American societies, move to the colonization of east coast, focus on the foundations of the Constitution, and explore the issue of enslavement that ultimately engulfed this nation in a civil war. 

What to Expect in this Course

Since this course is an Online-Live it affords us the opportunity to split each class period into two parts. The first part of each class will focus on a lecture topic. The second part of the class will be made up of further discussion and/or documentary/film screenings that will add visual and audio component to the class. 

You should also expect a multidisciplinary approach to American History. Not only we will focus on political and economic approach but we will also emphasize social and cultural contributions made by all groups to the building and founding of this nation. 

Types of Assessments

Assessments will include, but not be limited to: Exams, quizzes, primary source assignments, and a research based class project.

Textbook Information

The two textbooks for this class are required: 

  1. Give Me Liberty!, Brief, Volume 1, 6th Edition by Eric Foner
  2. American Slavery by Peter Kolchin

Both books can be purchased/rented from the COC Bookstore. In addition, both books are available as e-books at most online retailers to purchase and rent. 

Previous editions of Give Me Liberty! can be purchased/rented, as long as you get Volume 1. 

Readings for the first week will be provided on Canvas for those unable to purchase/rent the book at the start of class. 

Other Relevant Course Information


Zoom link for class lectures will be emailed the weekend before class begins. 

Since this is Online-Live class, it is important for you to make an effort to attend each class meeting. Treat this as a traditional, on-campus class if you can, meaning that if you miss a class you are most likely missing important information. However, I understand that at times, a missed class or two is expected. This is one of the main reasons that I will be recording each lecture. For those that miss class, you will need to view the recording to catch up with the rest of the class. 

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

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Last updated: 08/05/2021 Sub#: 461