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Instructor: Timothy LombardoOffice Phone: (765) 496-1672Office: REC 401Office Hours: M W 10:00 – 11:00, and by appt.Email:[email protected]History 152-2United States History since 1877Fall 2009MWF 11:30 – 12:20, UNIV 117Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry.– F. Scott Fitzgerald,The Great Gatsby, 1925.COURSE INTRODUCTION:Welcome to History 152! This course is anintroductionto modern American History. Timeconstraints make it impossible to cover everything that happened in the United States from the latenineteenth century to the present. Instead, this course will focus on the important themes, the vital issues,and the social movements that made modern America over the past 130 years. While politics, politicians,and public figures will remain an important part of what we cover in this course, the main focus will beon the daily lives and struggles of ordinary people and the actions of small groups of activists, whathistorians call “history from the bottom up.” We will approach these topics through a mixture of lecturepresentations, text book and primary source readings, film clips, photography, music, and a few in-classdiscussions throughout the course of the semester. Overall, and perhaps most importantly, we willemphasize that history is not simply an array of names and dates confined to the past. History is whatmakes us who we are, and what makes our society what it is today.By the end of this semester you are expected to have a better understanding of the history of theUnited States from 1877 to the present. You will be exposed to a variety of primary sources fromdifferent eras, and you are expected to learn to use and think about them critically. In the exams andwritten assignments, you are expected to identify, think, and write clearly about important aspects ofAmerican history covered in this course.ASSIGNED TEXT AND READINGS:Mary Beth Norton, et. al.,A People and a Nation: A History of the United States, Volume II: Since1865, 8thedition, Cengage Advantage EditionWeekly Blackboard DocumentsIn an effort to keep costs down I have chosen embed internet hyperlinks to primary documents inthis syllabus, rather than require you to buy another book or a course packet. You will needaccess to this course’s Blackboard site in order read these documents and complete all of theassignments. If you have any trouble accessing these documents or your Blackboard account, youneed to let me know immediately. All references to “Documents” in the Course Schedule refer tothe documents on Blackboard.REQUIREMENTS, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND ADVICE:Attendance and Behavior:You are expected to come to class prepared, willing to actively learn, andtake part in class discussion should it arise.A word to the wise: Take Notes! I will post each PowerPointfor the class lectures on Blackboard. But the PowerPoint, will not provide enough pertinent informationfor you to understand the material. Unless you have made arrangements with me beforehand, I will notprovide you with notes should you miss a class.

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