Baltimore & The Bay: The Origins and Progress of Baltimore Maryland from 1607 to the Present.


The objectives of this course are to examine how a major American City came to be situated on the banks of the Patapsco (Boles) River, assess the most important factors related to its pattern of growth and decline since its founding, and explore its impact on the environmental history of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
All students are required to read and analyze two books, excerpts from articles, and sample document packets, as well as submit one book review and to participate in class discussions of the reading.  In some instances, discussions may be held on line.  In addition, graduates students are expected to prepare one research paper approximately 20-25 pages in length (including footnotes), due in final form at the end of the semester.


All students are required to purchase the revised edition of Sherry H. Olson, Baltimore (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997),  and Suzanne  Ellery Greene Chapelle, Baltimore. An Illustrated History (2000)which is available in the bookstore. Because much of the reading material for this course is out of print and/or is protected by copyright, electronic copies are supplied for personal use only on the WEB at In order to access these files you will need a user name and password which will be given out in class. Use of the user name and password constitutes acceptance of the personal/educational use guidelines of copyrighted material, exonerating the instructor from any concerns regarding violation of copyright..

This course is intended to be an introduction to the resources and tools for writing and presenting history on the World Wide Web. Students are expected to make effective use of basic web editing tools.  Written assignments  are to be presented in draft and final form linked off assigned work areas on the instructor's web site. Any discussion notes and work in progress should be submitted to the instructor via the web site, or in lieu of the web site being inaccessible, by EMAIL.  It is assumed that all students have EMAIL accounts. Any required  discussion notes assignments are to be submitted to the instructor by 10 a.m. on the day of class either on the web site, or if the web site should be inaccessible, at Draft outlines of any assigned  research papers should be to the instructor by the third week of class. Up to 10 points will be deducted from final grades for late assignments. The policy is three late and you are out the full 10 points in the calculation of the final grade. All assignments should be submitted in HTML or RTF format (an export function of Word and WordPerfect).  If that should prove too technically difficult, arrangements can be made to submit assignments in any word processing format as long as this is agreed upon in advance with the instructor.


As noted on the schedule, discussion notes for each reading assignment are due by 10 a.m. on the day of class.  They are to consist of  a summary of the reading (note taking format is fine) and questions raised by the reading.  Critical comments about the reading are welcome.  Discussion notes are to be posted on the student's web sites or if access to the site proves difficult, as an attachment to an email to the instructor.


All students are to submit one book review as noted on the Schedule.  The book review should follow the format and style of any standard academic book review (refer to the American Historical Review, The Journal of American History, The Journal of Southern History, The William and Mary Quarterly, or the New York Review of  Books for  examples.

RESEARCH PAPER (Graduate Students only)

All graduate students are to submit a webbed, 20-25 page research paper on an assigned topic at the end of the semester,  with a draft outline and proposed sources due according to the schedule. Depending upon class size and the class schedule, oral presentations of papers may be required in advance of submitting the final version.  All papers should be properly footnoted and contain a bibliography of sources consulted.

The syllabus and most reading materials are available on the web. The latter will be accessible by password and are intended for the personal reference use of registered students. Copying or further distribution in any form of this material is at the risk of the student and constitutes violation of copyright on the part of the user.


Roster for Arts & Sciences, MLA Program


School of Professional Studies in Business and Education

MLA program, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences: see syllabus and assignments on

Each of the discussion outlines  will be worth up to 4 points each for graduate students and up to 8 points each for undergraduates, and are due on the web site or in my EMAIL mailbox by 10 a.m. the day of the discussion of the reading assignment as noted on the schedule.

The book review is worth up to 20 points.

The final paper  (graduate students only) will be worth up to 44 points of which up to ten points will be based upon the oral presentation as noted on the schedule. Points will be deducted for late assignments as explained in the introduction.

Class participation is worth up to 8 points and includes any group discussion during the final exam period that may be scheduled.

A=90-100 points; B=80-89 points; C=70-79 points; D=60-69 points; F= anything less than 60 points.

NOTE: The direct quoting of someone else's work (anything more than a phrase or two) without using quotation marks and citing the specific source of the quote (author, title, edition, and page) will not be tolerated and will result in an automatic 'F' on the assignment. Adopting an author's point of view is not considered plagiarism as long as the source is identified by some form of annotation of your text (i.e. footnotes, Turabian short form; note on sources at the end of your essay or review, or some other format approved in advance by the instructor). 

©Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse (instructor)
State Archivist

Office Hours:
  by appointment in person,  interactively through email at any time, and via chat room (when available-see schedule)
Phone: (w) 410-260-6401

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Last update: 29 August 2001