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History 114, History 115, and History 109 Online

Welcome to History 114 (Comparative History of the Early Americas), History 115 (Comparative History of the Modern Americas), and History 109 (Modern American History) Online.

These courses will be conducted entirely in Blackboard (our web management system).  There will be no on campus orientation, no campus meetings, nor on campus exams.   All assignments, discussions and exams will take place through Blackboard.

The full instructions for each course including your books, the readings, topics, assignments, and due dates will be on your syllabus.  I will email that to you the day before classes begin and post them here as well.

Here is your book information for each class so that you can go ahead and get good deals on your books before we begin our course:

The books listed below are required reading for this course and are available for purchase at the Grossmont College bookstore.  You should also check online used book dealers such as,,,,, or just make sure to get the right edition.

Required books as of Spring 2016 (I have copies of all on 3 hour reserve at the library):

Required books for History 114 Online:

1)  Kicza, John.  Resilient Cultures:  America’s Native Peoples Confront European Colonization, 1500-1800.  Pearson, 2013.  We’re using the 2nd edition, not the first. ISBN: 0-205-69358-X

2)  Lepore, Jill.  Encounters in the New World:  A History in Documents.  Oxford University Press, 2000.   (ISBN: 0-10-515491-6)

 3) Benjamin, Thomas, Timothy Hall, and David Rutherford, eds. The Atlantic World in the Age of Empire.  New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2001.  (ISBN: 0-618-06135-5)

Required books for History 115 Online:

1)  Chasteen, John Charles.  Born in Blood and Fire:  A Concise History of Latin America  (WW. Norton and Company, 2011).  This is the 3rd edition.  Paperback ISBN: 978-0-393-91154-1

2)  James A. Wood, ed. Problems in Modern Latin American History: Sources and Interpretations. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.  This is the 4th edition.  ISBN: 978-1-4422-1860-4.

Required books for History 109 Online:

1) Our textbook with primary sources: Schaller, Michael, et al, American Horizons, U.S. History in a Global Context, Volume II, Since 1865, With Sources (Oxford University Press, 2016).  Paperback ISBN: 978-0-19-938936-0. (This one should be ~$55.95 if purchased new).  Feel free to shop around for the best deals, but we do need this revised 2016 edition that includes our very important primary sources.

Those of you that have already enrolled, you can login to Blackboard the night before classes begin at:

Username is the same as WebAdvisor: firstname.lastname

password: your birthday (mmddyy) (you can always change this through WebAdvisor)

COURSE SYLLABI (I will email you the most current version)

If you have any other questions, or need to contact me regarding your course please E-MAIL me.  Otherwise, I'll be in touch via email (make sure WebAdvisor has your correct email) and will email you the syllabus before your class begins.

Last Updated: 12/18/2015
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