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.
Kennedy, David M., Lizabeth Cohen, and Thomas A. Bailey. The American Pageant, 14h edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2010.
Course Learning Outcomes
The student will develop a firm factual grasp of the basic information of American history, including significant individuals, events, and concepts.
The student will be able to describe the basic tools of the historian’s craft and to distinguish between primary and secondary sources.
The student will be able to compare and contrast the Presidential and Congressional Reconstruction plans.
The student will be able to identify the characteristics of Southern society at the end of Reconstruction. (including economic, political, racial, and cultural)
The student will identify the Compromise of 1877 and state its impact on the South.
The student will familiarize himself with the scandals associated with the Gilded Age.
The student will justify the use of the term’ Gilded Age’ to describe this era of history.
The student will describe and critique the changing government policy toward the Native Americans.
The student will compare and contrast the settlement patterns of the mining, cattle, and farming bonanzas.
The student will summarize the key issues of the “democratization” of the West.
The student will identify successes and failures of the labor unions as the United States moved into the Second Industrial Revolution.
The student will argue that the railroad industry was the key to the growth of other industries.
The student will investigate and determine which description of the industrialist is more valid: “Captain of Industry” or ”Robber Baron.”
The student will evaluate the response of the national government to problems resulting from the growth of big business.
The student will describe the lure of the city to both immigrants and farm workers.
The student will appraise the growing demands of reform movements to address the problems of an urban society.
The student will map the changing demographic patterns in the second half of the 19th century.
The student will identify causes of the increased interest in imperialism in the 1870s and will evaluate the United States as an imperialist nation.
The student will identify the characteristics of the Progressive Movement.
The student will compare and contrast the foreign policies of Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson.
Written book reviews/analysis of political cartoons
Recommended web sites for students
Evaluation and Assessment
Procedures for the Assessment of Student Learning
Written Book reviews/analysis papers
Oral presentations (individual and/or group)
Grades will be given based upon A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%, and F=below 60%.
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.
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