Was Slavery Worth the Price of War?

After a quick overview of the main battles of the Civil War, we talked about slavery. Slavery is an emotionally charged subject. It's easy to discuss it from a detached, political or economic standpoint, but the brutality, degradation, and fear involved in that system...

The Crisis of Union

FIVE president bios today! FIVE! Fifteen down, one to go until we complete them all for the semester! 2A and 3A voted for a lecture of Presentation #15, while 4A opted to discuss self-government. All three classes need notes for Presentation #15 in class on Wednesday,...

Mexican American War and Bastiat, Part 2

My TAs spent much of the last two weeks grading Essay #6. I gave them back during class. If you question the grade you received, please talk to me about it. In addition, we spent a sizable period reviewing corrections on your research papers. They are due by 4 pm on...

Review Game and Bastiat

Here is the link to the game we played in class today. You may need to set up your own account to access it. It would be a great way to review for the final in a few weeks. Classes also discussed...

Industrial Revolution

All three classes took 15 minutes of self-government time to iron out a few issues. I gave notes on Martin Van Buren and we discussed the question, "How did man's constant need for change improve society 1800-1850?" Five questions were assigned for Booklet #12 (these...

Jacksonian Democracy

Students learned some tough lessons about PDF and .doc format in submitting their rough drafts. If you have any more questions about this, please contact me. Classes peer edited Essay #6, and they will be returned to you in class on Monday. If you haven't taken this...

Essays, Timelines, and Tocqueville

Essay #6 is done! I'm glad that's over, are you? If you missed class, I drew a timeline on the board and filled it with events from 1800-1826. Get these notes from someone. Unfortunately, we only had a few minutes to discuss the writings of Alexis de Tocqueville. I...

Nationalism and Sectionalism

Bad news. Next essay test is Wednesday. Good news. We reviewed all you need to know in class today. In addition, I'm holding three help sessions: Tuesday before school, Tuesday during lunch, and Wednesday before school. Those who received below 15 on the last test can...

Louisiana Purchase and War of 1812

Most important information from class on Wednesday: One of your homework assignments is to register on Look in the sidebar and you will see a button that will take you directly to their homepage. Create an account, then click on enroll in a class. Our...

Essay #5 and Signing the Constitution

Essay #5 is in the bag. Done. If you missed class today, come talk to me and get it taken as soon as you can. The later you wait, the harder it will be to remember the material we've covered. After the essay test, students signed their Constitutions (thanks,...



Dual Enrollment registration information is available at the link below. Registration and payment are also listed on Rio Salado’s website.

Here’s the link to the Rio Salado site.



Reliable daily access to the Internet at home is required for this course. In class each day, scholars must bring the following:

  •  Readings for Scholars of American History booklet
  • Composition notebook, college or quad ruled, 100 pages
  • Loose-leaf notebook paper
  • Sticky notes, lined 4″x6″
  • Pocket copy of U.S. Constitution
  • Highlighter
  • Pen or pencil



More information on this semester’s research project coming soon.



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About Mrs. Denton

I’m Jenny Denton. I grew up in southern Idaho—a land of sagebrush, constant wind, and farmland as far as the eye can see. I can tell the difference among fields of alfalfa, green beans, and potatoes, but it’s not a skill that comes in handy very often. After graduating from Twin Falls High School (go Bruins!), I attended BYU (go Cougs!), where I learned that I love history—the history of just about anything. My degree is in history with a minor in humanities, and college taught me that EVERYTHING has a history. I was lucky enough to study the history of art, architecture, culture, government, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religion, science, technology, war, and the world.

For 25 years, I was a full-time mom of seven rambunctious kids, currently ranging in age from 26 to 7, and now I’m Gran to seven little monkeys of the next Denton generation. Four years ago I decided I wasn’t too old for school, and I graduated in 2015 from ASU (go Devils!) with my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. It sounds weird, but I love learning new things, researching new ideas, and synthesizing my thoughts through writing. Even weirder, I’m thrilled to return to the classroom (go Heroes!) to share my love of American History with you.