History 152X: United States since 1877
University (UNIV) 219
Eric A. Hall
Recitation (REC) 401
Office Hours: Thursday, 11–1; and By Appointment
Welcome to History 152, a whirlwind tour of the major events and themes in U.S. history from
the end of Reconstruction through the Watergate scandal.
As you might have expected, this
course will cover many of the events you (hopefully) know of: the “Roaring ‘20s,” both World
Wars, the Great Depression, the Cold War, the Vietnam conflict, and the African American Civil
It is my goal, however, to introduce you to topics, people, and themes that
you might be unfamiliar with: a hatchet–wielding Carrie Nation destroying taverns in rural
Kansas as a temperance crusader, Bert the Turtle showing American children how to “duck and
cover” to survive nuclear holocaust, New Jerseyites racing from their homes to save themselves
from a Martian attack, and Captain America, Batman, and Robin heading to Europe to fight
Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.
While examining the major economic, political, and military
developments in the United States and abroad, this course will focus heavily on themes in the
social and cultural areas of American history.
My goal is to encourage critical thought and
discussion about the past and how our history influences the present.
This is not exclusively
“name and date” history.
GRADING and ASSIGNMENTS
Exams – 40%
Your course grade will include
two (2) exams
, a Midterm and a Final, that are each worth 20%
of your final grade.
The exams will ask you to answer four (4) short essay questions and write
one long essay.
You must bring a
BLUE BOOK or GREEN BOOK
with you on exam days.
The Final Exam
If you miss an exam as the result of an illness verified by
a doctor’s note or letter from the Dean of Students’ office, a Purdue–related activity preapproved
by me, or a death in the family, you may take a different version of the exam.
It is your
responsibility to schedule a makeup date and time with me.
Please note that an evening exam for
a legitimate excuse for missing an exam or class.
In order to allow you
sufficient time to read over my written comments on your exam, I do not entertain questions
concerning graded assignments in the first 24 hours following their return to the class.
distribute a study guide in class one week prior to each exam.
Quizzes – 40%