Effective Term: Spring 2016 his 142hc history of the United States II: Honors Credit Hours: 00 Lecture Periods

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Effective Term: Spring 2016
HIS 142HC History of the United States II: Honors
Credit Hours: 3.00 Lecture Periods: 3.00 Lab Periods:

Survey of the major developments in American history from Era of Reconstruction to the present. Includes the era of Reconstruction, the emergence of modern America, the Early 20th Century, and America as a world power. Includes the social, intellectual, and political aspects of contemporary American life. Also includes additional Honors content.

Information: Must qualify for Honors program. Instructor or advisor/counselor approval may be required before registering for this course. Honors Content may include: Intensive research using the highest standards and best practices for the discipline, and a significant number/variety of readings of both primary and secondary sources. Also may include a high-quality, peer reviewed paper or project in a format appropriate for the discipline with research presented in class or to a wider audience.
Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the American society from the Era of Reconstruction to the emergence of modern America.

  2. Discuss the social and political movements of the 20th century.

  3. Explore the concept of America as a world power.


  1. The Era of Reconstruction

    1. The nation at the end of the Civil War

    2. Presidential reconstruction

    3. Congressional reconstruction

    4. The South reacts

    5. The New South to 1900

  2. The Emergence of Modern America

    1. The West, 1865-1900

      1. Railroads and farms

      2. The Indians

    2. A New Economy

      1. Immigration

      2. Urbanization

      3. Industrialization

      4. Unionization

  3. The Early 20th Century

    1. The Progressive Era

    2. Prohibition

    3. Women in American life

    4. The Roaring Twenties

      1. Technological changes

      2. The Ku Klux Klan

    5. The Great Depression

      1. The New Deal

      2. Social Security

  4. America as a World Power

    1. The Great War

    2. Era between the wars

    3. The Second World War: from isolation to global war

    4. New Frontiers: Politics and change to the 1960’s

    5. Rebellion and reaction in the 1960’s and 1970’s

    6. Republican conservatism

    7. The start of the New Millennium: cultural politics and Middle East unrest

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