Jacksonian America – HIUS 316

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

American history from the rise of the Jackson through the Mexican war; emphasis will be on the market revolution and how it shaped politics, society and the economy during the era.


HIUS 221 or 223


HIUS 316 connects the experience of the American Revolution and the American Civil War. The course covers political, constitutional, economic, military, religious, and social aspects of American history between the end of the War of 1812 and the beginning of the Civil War; it thus serves as a bridge in the student’s understanding of these two critical events.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify major figures and events in Jacksonian America (1815 through 1848).
  2. Explain how political, constitutional, economic, military, diplomatic, religious and cultural factors influenced the course of national history during Jacksonian America (1815 through 1848).
  3. Demonstrate college-level competencies in reading comprehension, documentary analysis, research, and historical writing on the Jacksonian America period (1815 through 1848).
  4. Evaluate interpretative and historiographical approaches to Jacksonian America (1815 through 1848).
  5. Apply biblical principles to the problems and issues of the Jacksonian America period (1815 through 1848).

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 250–300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150–200 words.

Your Home in History Project

The student will write a research-based paper in current Turabian format which explores the developments in a specific region during the Jacksonian Era and relates this region to a specific course theme.

  • Topic Proposal
    • The student will identify a region to research for the project, preferably one with a personal connection to the student. They should also discuss options for which course theme (provided in the instructions) might relate to their regional history. The proposal should include one scholarly source that could assist in understanding the developments within the region during the period.
  • Annotated Bibliography
    • The student will identify one course theme to apply to their region. They will provide an annotated bibliography with two primary sources and four secondary sources relating to the region and/or course theme. At least one of the secondary sources must be a book and one must be a scholarly article. Three of the secondary sources may NOT be websites.
  • Final
    • The final research paper must be 6–8 pages and must contain 8 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. The paper must be in current Turabian format and incorporate 2 primary and 6 secondary sources. It must address the Jacksonian Era history of the chosen region and demonstrate how one course theme manifested here in specific ways.

Quizzes (7)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the modules/weeks in which it is assigned. Each quiz will: be open-book/open-notes; contain 20 multiple-choice, true/false questions and 1 essay question; and have a 1-hour time limit.

Empire Upon The Trails Documentary Assessment

This quiz assesses comprehension and analysis of the “Empire Upon the Trails” documentary. It is open-notes and contains 6 essay questions with a 40 minute time limit. Questions for the quiz will be taken directly from the instructions/queries document listed in course content.

Final Exam

There will be a Final Exam, which will be cumulative. The exam will be open book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice questions and 2 essay questions, and have a 2-hour time limit.