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History 152-1 United States since 1877 Fall 2008 MWF 10:30–11:20, EE 129 Instructor : Darren Dochuk, Ph.D. Office : University Hall, 125 Office Hours : Wed, 1:00-3:00 PM Office Phone : 49-47684 Email [email protected] TA:   Mary Barford Office:   REC 410 Hours:  Wed 12:45-2:45 E:  [email protected] TA:  John Ellis Office:  411 Hours:  M/W 11:30-12:30 E:  [email protected] TA:  Carla Glosson Office:  410 Hours:  Wed 12:00-2:00 E:  [email protected] Course Description : This course surveys the expanse of social, political, economic, and cultural forces that shaped the  development of the United States in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. To this end, this course  not only attempts to draw attention to the broad trends and key figures of these times but to examine their  impact on ordinary Americans.  Topics to be covered in this course include western expansion,  modernization and industrialization, World Wars I and II, the Great Depression and the New Deal, the  Cold War at home, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, and the rise of conservative America.  Questions asked and debated during class and in our readings will include: What social, cultural, and  political realities define “America”? What does it mean to be “modern” in America? Was (and is)  America “exceptional” in its encounter with modernity? And most importantly, what does it mean to  embrace democracy and freedom in America? How has the American experiment with liberty been both a  constructive and contested one?    Exploring the notion, possibilities, and limitations of “liberty” in modern America is the first objective of  this course.  Our second objective is learning how to think like historians. The vast majority of you will  not pursue history as a career, but historians have a unique way of approaching problems that should be  beneficial to you, whatever your field or discipline.  For this reason, we will spend some time on the  processes of interpreting and writing history.  In this course you will read the works of historians first  hand, and then practice historical analysis by interpreting “primary” and “secondary” source materials on  your own.  Assigned Texts :
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Eric Foner,  Give Me Liberty: An American History, Vol. 2  (Seagull Edition; W.W. Norton and Company,  2006) ISBN 393927849 James W. Davidson and Mark H. Lytle, 
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