• Sectionalism, Civil War & Reconstruction One Semester Five Credits                 Mr. Largo

    Course Description

    Welcome to the study of American history from 1836 to 1900. This period was one of the most crucial for our country as it saw the Civil War and the emergence of the United States as a major world powerOur semester will begin with an overview of the institution of slavery covering the social, political and economic aspects of what southerners liked to call their peculiar institution.We will then move into the war with Mexico, the Civil War and Reconstruction. The westward expansion of the nation will be discussed as will the war with Spain and its attendant impact on our role in the world. We will conclude our semester with the foundations for World War I

    Course Objectives

    To examine the origins and development of slavery.

    To analyze the impact of slavery on westward expansion.

    To critically examine the causes of the Civil War.

    To study the impact of the Civil War on African Americans.

    To analyze the impact of the Civil War on the South as well as its legacies today.

    To study how the industrialization brought about by the Civil War helped shape modern America. 

    To examine the social reform movements of the era.

    To analyze the factors that contributed to the rise of America as a world power 

    Course Requirements and Expectations

    This course will be taught, for the most part, through a lecture format. However, you will be expected to participate in a number of ways throughout the semester. Among those expectation are to

    Listen during the portion of the class when either the instructor or another student is talking.

    Critically view video material.

    Respect the rights of others.

    Be prepared for many exams, quizzes and other types of projects.

    Be prepared to make oral presentations to class.

    Be prepared to work independently, as well as in groups, on various projects.

    Be responsible for getting all written projects turned in on the day that they are due.

    A ten percent (10%) deduction will be made from the final grade for each day an assignment is late. If more points are taken form a paper due to lateness than the paper is worth, the surplus deduction will be subtracted from accumulated points. be on time to class. Arriving ten minutes after the tardy bell has rung will constitute an absence

    Be prepared to read materials distributed throughout the semester.

    Always be prepared to be tested over these readings.

    Be prepared to work in class on the topic of the day. This will entail having a pen or pencil, paper and any reading materials required for the day. You should not expect to borrow materials from your classmates. If you are unable to obtain a pen, pencil or paper, contact me and I will be glad to provide loaners. As we may conclude the semester with a comprehensive final exam, it would be an excellent idea to have some sort of binder for holding your notes and other class materials


    The following items should be borne in mind throughout the semester to ensure your academic success

    Exams and quizzes will be announced far enough in advance to give you plenty of time to prepare for them.

    Retakes: In the unlikely event that you score below a 60% on and exam or quiz, you may retake the assessment. In order to qualify for the retake you must [a] complete the Retake Ticket for the unit [b] schedule a time to go over the Retake Ticket with me and [C] complete the exam/quiz retake on your own time. You will be given the better of the grades on the assessment.

    Make-up work is your responsibility. If you are gone only the day of the test or quiz, plan to take the assessment the next day, when you return to class. This is the only time you will be allowed to utilize class time to complete the work. If you choose not to take the make-up at that time, you will have to come in before or after school, during an open hour to complete the work. If at all possible, complete all make up work within a week. The longer you wait to complete the work, the more likely it will be that your memory will fade.  

    The following grading scale will be used to determine grades for the semester

    • 90 - 100 =
    • 80 - 89 =
    • 70 - 79 =
    • 60 - 69
    • 59 and below =

    Your average will be available on Infinite Campus as well as on your paper when we go over the assessment in class

    If you need help at any time throughout the semester, please feel free to contact me. I am here early in the morning and am also available after school. I will be more than happy to assist you in any way that I can. Should you need to communicate with me outside of the school day, my school e-mail address is: glargo@sbbearcats.net 

    Have a great semester