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HIS 202

United States History II

3 Semester Credit Hours A

3 Contact Hours

  1. Course Description

This course surveys the social and political history of the United States from Reconstruction to the present, emphasizing economics, social development and the role of the United States in world affairs.

  1. Prerequisite: None

  1. Course textbook

Kennedy, David M., Lizabeth Cohen, and Thomas A. Bailey. The American Pageant, 14h edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2010.

  1. Course Learning Outcomes

    1. The student will develop a firm factual grasp of the basic information of American history, including significant individuals, events, and concepts.

    2. The student will be able to describe the basic tools of the historian’s craft and to distinguish between primary and secondary sources.

    3. The student will be able to compare and contrast the Presidential and Congressional Reconstruction plans.

    4. The student will be able to identify the characteristics of Southern society at the end of Reconstruction. (including economic, political, racial, and cultural)

    5. The student will identify the Compromise of 1877 and state its impact on the South.

    6. The student will familiarize himself with the scandals associated with the Gilded Age.

    7. The student will justify the use of the term’ Gilded Age’ to describe this era of history.

    8. The student will describe and critique the changing government policy toward the Native Americans.

    9. The student will compare and contrast the settlement patterns of the mining, cattle, and farming bonanzas.

    10. The student will summarize the key issues of the “democratization” of the West.

    11. The student will identify successes and failures of the labor unions as the United States moved into the Second Industrial Revolution.

    12. The student will argue that the railroad industry was the key to the growth of other industries.

    13. The student will investigate and determine which description of the industrialist is more valid: “Captain of Industry” or ”Robber Baron.”

    14. The student will evaluate the response of the national government to problems resulting from the growth of big business.

    15. The student will describe the lure of the city to both immigrants and farm workers.

    16. The student will appraise the growing demands of reform movements to address the problems of an urban society.

    17. The student will map the changing demographic patterns in the second half of the 19th century.

    18. The student will identify causes of the increased interest in imperialism in the 1870s and will evaluate the United States as an imperialist nation.

    19. The student will identify the characteristics of the Progressive Movement.

    20. The student will compare and contrast the foreign policies of Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson.

    21. The student will examine examples of literature, revealing the disillusionment of the Twenties.

    22. The student will evaluate the causes of the Great Depression.

    23. The student will determine and justify the success or failure of the New Deal.

    24. The student will trace the steps leading to World War II and assess the United States’ involvement in that conflict.

    25. The student will evaluate American foreign policies of the Cold War Era, paying attention the significant “hot spots.”

    26. The student will evaluate the progress in the area of civil rights in the administrations of Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson.

    27. The student will identify major domestic and foreign policies of the Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, G. W. Bush, and Obama administrations.

  1. Outline of Course Topics

    1. Reconstruction

      1. Presidential verses Congressional Reconstruction

      2. Reconstructing Southern Society

        1. Black Codes and Jim Crow

        2. Republican rule in the South

        3. The Southern economy

        4. Compromise of 1877 ends Reconstruction

        5. The legacy of Reconstruction

    2. The West and the City

      1. Subjugation of the Plains Indian

      2. The mining frontier

      3. The day of the cowboy

      4. Farming empire

        1. sodbusters

        2. Homestead Act

      5. Remaking Indian Life

    3. Business and Politics in the Gilded Age

      1. Old industries transformed, new industries born

        1. An empire on rails

        2. From completion to consolidation: Carnegie and Rockefeller

        3. Social Darwinism

      2. America’s workers: The Labor Movement

      3. Farmers Revolt

      4. The rise of the Populist

    4. The United States Looks Outward

      1. The Roots of Expansion and Empire Building

      2. War with Spain

      3. Acquisition of an Empire

        1. Guerrilla Warfare in the Philippines

        2. Governing the Empire

      4. Open-door politics

    5. The Progressive Era

      1. The Changing Face of Industrialism

      2. Society’s Masses

        1. Women and children at work

        2. Tenement living

        3. The New Immigration

      3. The Social-Justice Movement

      4. The Progressive Presidents: Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson

    6. The Nation at War

      1. Wilson’s Crusade for Democracy

      2. War abroad and on the home-front

      3. A compromised peace: The Treaty of Versailles

      4. The United States “returns to normalcy”

    7. American Life in the “Roaring Twenties”

      1. 1. Politics of the Twenties: Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover

      2. City Life in the Jazz Age

        1. Women and the family

        2. The automobile age

        3. Music and Literature

      3. The Rural Counterattack

        1. Prohibition

        2. The Fundamentalist Challenge

        3. The Ku Klux Klan

        4. The Red Scare and Immigration restriction

    8. The Roosevelt New Deal

      1. The Great Depression

        1. The Great Crash

        2. Causes and effects of the depression

      2. Fighting the Depression

        1. Hoover and Voluntarism

        2. The Emergence of Roosevelt

        3. The Hundred Days

        4. Roosevelt: Recovery, Relief, and Reform

      3. Impact of the New Deal

        1. Rise of Organized Labor

        2. Women at Work

        3. Impact on minorities

      4. End of the New Deal

        1. Election of 1936

        2. The Supreme Court Fight

        3. New Deal in decline

    9. America and the World, 1921-1945

      1. Isolationism

        1. The Lure of Pacifism and Neutrality

        2. War in Europe

      2. Roosevelt’s early foreign policies

      3. The Aggressors

      4. The Road to War

        1. From Neutrality to Undeclared war

        2. Showdown in the Pacific

      5. Turning the tide against the Axis

        1. Wartime partnerships

        2. Halting the German Blitz

        3. Checking Japan in the Pacific

      6. The Home Front

        1. The Arsenal of Democracy

        2. A Nation on the Move

        3. Win-the-War Politics

      7. Victory

        1. War Aims and Diplomacy

        2. Triumph and Tragedy in the Pacific

    10. Cold War Politics

      1. The Cold War Begins

        1. The division of Europe

        2. The Atomic Dilemma

      2. Containment

        1. The Truman Doctrine

        2. The Marshall Plan

        3. The Berlin Blockade

      3. The Cold War Expands: The Korean Conflict

      4. Truman’s domestic policies

    11. The Eisenhower Era

      1. The menace of McCarthyism

      2. The seeds of the civil rights movement: Brown v Board of Education

      3. The space race and other contests with the Soviet Union

    12. The Stormy Sixties

      1. Intensification of the Cold War

        1. Crisis over Berlin

        2. Containment in Southeast Asia

        3. Cuban Missile Crisis

      2. Kennedy’s New Frontier at home

      3. Johnson’s Great Society

        1. The civil rights revolution explodes

        2. Vietnam War escalates

        3. Years of turmoil: protest groups

    13. Nixon’s Administration: A Crisis in Confidence

      1. In search of Detente`

      2. Ending the Vietnam War

      3. Election of 1972 and Watergate

      4. Energy and the Economy

    14. The Ford Interlude and the Election of Carter

      1. Carter’s Diplomatic Successes

      2. Energy Crisis and Inflation

      3. The Iranian hostage situation

    15. Resurgence of Conservatism, 1980-1996

      1. Reagan in Power

        1. Reaganomics

        2. Challenging the “Evil Empire

        3. The Iran-Contra scandal

        4. Social issues of Reagan Administration

      2. The election of George Bush

        1. The end of the Cold War

        2. The Persian Gulf War, 1991

        3. Bush’s Battles at Home

    16. The Democratic Revival: The Election of Clinton

      1. Economic recovery

      2. The President versus Congress

      3. Global tensions in the Post-Cold War Era

    17. The New Millennium

      1. The Disputed Election of 2000

      2. Bush’s Domestic Agenda

      3. Terrorism: Attack and Counterattack

      4. The New American Empire

    18. The 2008 Election and the Presidency of Barack Hussein Obama

  1. Methods of Instruction

    1. Lectures

    2. Class Discussion

    3. Reading Assignments

    4. Written book reviews/analysis of political cartoons

    5. Research assignments

    6. Recommended web sites for students

  1. Evaluation and Assessment

Procedures for the Assessment of Student Learning

    1. Written exams

    2. Written/oral quizzes

    3. Written Book reviews/analysis papers

    4. Oral presentations (individual and/or group)

    5. Class participation

    6. Research assignments

    7. Homework

    8. Grades will be given based upon A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%, and F=below 60%.

  1. Attendance

Students are expected to attend all classes for which they are registered. Students who are unable to attend class regularly, regardless of the reason or circumstance, should withdraw from that class before poor attendance interferes with the student’s ability to achieve the objectives required in the course. Withdrawal from class can affect eligibility for federal financial aid.

  1. Statement of Discrimination/Harassment

NACC and the Alabama State Board of Education are committed to providing both employment and educational environment free of harassment or discrimination related to an individual’s race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, or disability. Such harassment is a violation of State Board of Education policy. Any policy or behavior that constitutes harassment or discrimination will not be tolerated.

  1. Statement of Adherence to ADA Guidelines

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 state that qualified student with disabilities who meet the essential Functions and academic requirements are entitled to reasonable accommodations. It is the student’s responsibility to provide appropriate disability documentation to the College.

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