U.S. HISTORY/ 1865-Present
102 BEL, MTWRF: 2-315
OFFICE HOURS: MWF:
1-150 or by appointment
Feel free to stop by my office at other times to see if I am available.
Special meetings can also
be arranged by appointment.
The course will provide a survey of American History from the
period following the Civil War to the present day.
Emphasis will be placed on the political,
economic, cultural, societal, and intellectual progressions of the United States, and how they
have shaped the American nation and its people.
Subjects to be discussed in class include
Reconstruction and the New South; the Gilded Age; Imperialism; the Rise of Big Business, the
emergence of modern America, World War I, the 20’s and interwar years, background causes of
World War II; World War II; the Cold War, suburbanization; the 60’s, Vietnam, Watergate,
America after the fall of Communism, the 80’s, the 90’s and the War on Terror. You are
responsible for obtaining your grades, course documents and updates via the Blackboard
Students must activate their university email accounts before they are able to enter
You will be asked to submit your garnet username and password to enter the
and select AMH 2020-01.
GORDON RULE REQUIREMENT:
Your two writing assignments will help meet this 3000-word requirement.
However, to receive
a passing grade on the Gordon Rule Component you must average a “C-” or higher for all the
combined papers (essay, review, and quizzes).
In other words, if you do not pass the Gordon
Rule Requirement you cannot receive a letter grade higher than a D+ for the course, regardless
of how well you did on the tests.
Students will develop an understanding of the historical process, and be introduced to the
basic principles of historical interpretation.
Students will become familiar with the major events and themes in American History from
the end of the Civil War to the Election of 2004.
Students will read and analyze primary documents
Students will learn realize history is more than just dates and names, but an interesting and
constantly changing field.
Three tests (100 points each)
One written assignments (100 points)