Perspectives on History, Fall 2005


Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 8-9:20

Professor Woll

awoll@camden or 225-6671

Student emails for this class 

Assigned books:


Davidson and Lytle, After the Fact, The Art of Historical Detection

Benjamin, A Student’s Guide to History 

Miller, Donald, City of the Century, The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America

Our archive for this course:

September 1


Begin reading City of the Century


September 6-8

(6)  Studying Primary Sources: 

Go here, and do the student lesson

Do items 1-5 at the bottom of the page--You do not have to do the "Mindwalk" Activity unless you wish to

(8)  After the Fact, 1, 2

September 13-15

(13)  Guest Lecture, Professor Jane Siegel

Please read the article above and survey the archive:


(15)  "Getting Prepared:  How to Write a Research Paper"-- begin reading Benjamin, A Student's Guide to History,  Chs. 1-3

September 20-22

(20)  Finding the thesis--assigned articles from archive.

(22) Library Sessions – I

 Your research paper assignment for the course
Proposal due on October 4

Continue reading Benjamin, 4-6

September 27-29

(27)  After the Fact, 2, 3, 4

(29)  Library Session II--using the Internet

History on the Web:  Thoughts and Considerations 
See:   The Chicago Fire
and Martha Ballard's Diary Online

October 4-6

(4)  After the Fact, 5, 6

 Proposal due

(6) After the Fact, 7, 8

Prepare bibliography (see assignment) for submission on October 13.  Follow the assignment carefully or you will be asked to rewrite your work.


October 11-13

(11)  Complete remaining After the Fact chapters.

(13)  No class.  Submit bibliographies by email.  


October 18-20

(18)  "Organizing the paper"

(20)  Take home question on City of the Century will be distributed.  It will be due on October 27 in class.

October 25-27

(25)  Planning for the rest of the semester

(27)  In class test on After the Fact and general historical reasoning.  Please hand in  your take home essay on "City of the Century"


November 1-3

(1 & 3)Individual Appointments with students


November 8-10

(8)  Individual Appointments with students

Outlines due:  Please email or hand-in

(10)  "Preparing the Draft"


November 15-17    

If you would like me to evaluate a first draft of your work, hand it in on the morning of the 15th.  I will provide general suggestions which you can incorporate in your final version due on December 13

How to format your paper Chicago Style?


November 22

Actually a Wednesday!—No class this Thanksgiving week

December 6-8

Meetings by appointment December 6-8.  Papers are due in class on December 13 at 8:00 am.  Penalties will be given for late papers [see below]


December 13

Papers due in class



1. Two tests:  October 27 (take home + in-class)--  100 points each

3. Class Participation (Quality)  100 Points

4. Final  Paper (December 13)   200 Points

Includes in total:

a.  Proposal (October 4)  (25 points on acceptance)

b.  Bibliography (October 13) (25 points)

c.  Outline  (November 8) (25 points)

d.  Footnote Format on Final Paper (25 points)

Each item (a-d) must be successfully completed to receive a grade on the paper (and, consequently, a grade in the course).  If an item is not completed successfully, a 'R' grade (rewrite) will be given until the task is completed.

5. Attendance and Preparation*  100 Points

*  For every three absences   -10
*  For every three late arrivals   - 5
*  Lack of preparation for class discussion  - 5
*  Work handed in late    -10   (for each 24 hours)


A working bibliography is due in class on October 11.  This is designed to allow me to make suggestions on the progress of your work.

The working bibliography should be divided into four parts:

I.    Books that explore the context of the issue you are discussing.  (at least 10)

II.   Journal articles that consider the topic you are discussing.  (10)

III.  Primary sources you will consult in the researching of your paper (10)

IV.  Other relevant Web sites (5)

Do not panic because of the numbers above!   This exercise is designed to help you begin your research.  You may not necessarily read --or even use--all the works cited.  Yet, consulting them will help you begin your research process.

For information on proper bibliographic form, consult Benjamin, A Student's Guide to History