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HIST157 HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES since 1865 Fall 2008 (0201-0212) (M/W 12-12:50PM, Key 0106) CORE Social or Political History (SH) Course. Instructor: Dr. Howard Smead Office: 3101 Taliaferro Hall Phone: 405-0874 Hours: M/W 11-12pm, 1-2pm e-mail: [email protected] TAs: Brenton Anderson [email protected] David Holte [email protected] Peter Libero [email protected] Alan Brinkley, THE UNFINISHED NATION , vo l. 2, 5 th ed. (978-0-07-330702-2) Jacob Riis, HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVES ( 0-312-11700-0) http://www.yale.edu/amstud/inforev/riis/title.html Timothy Egan , THE WORST HARD TIME ( 978-0-61877347-3) Howard Smead , BLOOD JUSTICE: The Lynching of Mack Charles Parker (0-19-505429-6) Primary source readings assigned by your TA “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. If anything holds the key to understanding warfare, famine, and social crises, it’s the analysis and understanding of history. It’s not a recitation of facts. It’s the sum total of the human experience – a dramatic, never-ending, entirely uncensored adventure.” – George Santayana “We have the purpose of preventing bigots and ignoramuses from controlling the education of the United States and that is all.” Clarence Darrow “Science is a magnificent material force, but it is not a teacher of morals … it adds no moral restraints to protect society … Some of its unproved hypotheses rob [society of its moral] compass and thus endangers humanity.” – William Jennings Bryan This course surveys the political, social and cultural history of America from the end of the Civil War to the present. We pay particular attention to the forces that have shaped modern-day America, the changing role of the federal government in the lives of American citizens, and the impact of racial and ethnic minorities upon our history. We
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