American History Lecture Improvements
Could say more about the search for the "Northwest Passage."
Clara Barton's contributions should be explained.
Too many students exaggerated the contributions of Abraham Lincoln between 1840 and 1860.
One of the early homework assignments had a redundancy in it, or enabled students to give the same answer twice.
Lecture 7 explained a phonograph as a "record player," but it is not clear that teenagers in 2008 are any more familiar with a record player as they are with a phonograph.
Adams' undeclared naval war with France could be explained more fully.
The quote of Thomas Edison's teacher should be to "addled", and the explanation should be afterward about what that term means.
These phrases should be in the key term list:
- taxation without representation
- separation of powers
- checks and balances
- dual sovereigns (mention how the Constitution establishes federal and state sovereignty)
Should be an entry in the event list on the Constitution itself.
Should explain the deadly influenza that hit during World War I.
Trivia: Could have mentioned the quirky middle name of Harry Truman: "S" (without a period).
John Winthrop's "City on a Hill" should be emphasized more.
Will need to pull out the class-specific dates, such as the notice of change in the final exam; the reference to the recent or upcoming election; and perhaps a few others.
The "draft" could be defined and explained, as many students are not familiar with it.
Could include turning point in Reagan's campaign in 1980 when he blustered, "I paid for this mike!"
The final homework (#13) elicited an overemphasis on the 20s; An early homework (#1 or #2) elicited too much redundancy.
Could mention the Battle of Cowpens using this link
Need to include Reagan's phrase, "trust, but verify."
Should have mentioned Elvis Presley and his impact on culture.