THE EMERGENCE OF MODERN AMERICA, 1877-1919History 445 Prof. Daniel LetwinFall 2014Off: 409 WeaverT/Tr 1-2:15OH: Weds. 10-noon107 Sackettand by appt.Ph: 863-0417E-mail: [email protected]Overview of CourseThis course examines major issues and developments in American society from the endof Reconstruction through World War I. Among the topics to be covered are: the conquest and reshaping of the West; industrialization and the social and ideological tensions it engendered; the growth of the city and the mass influx of immigrants; the development of the American working class and the labor movement; the evolution of middle-class culture; the commercialization of agriculture and the Populist challenge; the rise of Jim Crow and African-American response; the emergence of American imperial power; changing concepts of gender and the revival of feminism; the advent of Progressive regulation and reform; and, consensus and conflict in the World War I-era. Along the way, we will be exploring how historians have interpreted and debated these topics. Class meetings involve a mix of lecture and discussion, with an emphasis on the latter. In-class participation will be a significant part of your overall performance. Written assignments will take two forms: 1) twice-weekly written commentaries, and 2) an 8-10 page research paper. Analysis of key themes in the readings will be central to all aspects of your work for the course. TextsLeon Fink, ed., Major Problems in the Gilded Age and ProgressiveEra: Documents andEssays (2ndedition)David McCullough, The Johnstown Flood: The Incredible Story Behind One of the Most Devastating “Natural Disasters” America Has Ever KnownKate Chopin, The AwakeningDavid Von Drehle, Triangle: The Fire That Changed AmericaGrading BreakdownAttendance and participation......................................25%Twice-weekly commentaries......................................50%One research paper (2,000-2,500 words)...................25%Class Attendance and ParticipationAn attendance sign-up sheet will be circulated each class. If you have a legitimate reason for missing class, please let me know. As sessions will revolve largely around discussion, please bring the text of the day’s reading to class.Academic IntegrityYour enrolling in this course implies a commitment to academic integrity. Plagiarism -- the deliberate representation of someone else’s words or ideas as your own -- may result in a grade of “F” for the course, or more severe penalties where warranted. For more on Penn State’s academic integrity policy, see Senate Policy 49-20 “Academic Honesty” at: .