HIS112 Fall 2010 ._1

HIS112 Fall 2010 ._1 - History 112: United States History...

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History 112: United States History since 1865 University of South Carolina, Fall 2010 Professor: Dr. Emily K. Brock Teaching Assistants: Lee Durbetaki Ramon Jackson Colin Crumpton Lecture time: 12:20-1:10 MW Lecture place: Gambrell 153 My email: brockek@mailbox.sc.edu My office hours: M 2:30-3:30, W 1:30-3pm or by appointment My office location: 126 Gambrell Hall Farm abandoned to the dust bowl of the 1930s, Oklahoma This course surveys the history of the United States, from the aftermath of the Civil War to the dawn of the 21 st century. America has always been a diverse nation; even before the first contact with European explorers the continent was host to Indian tribes with widely different ways of life. With waves of newcomers from Europe, Africa, and Asia, the diversity of the American people has grown ever greater. As it grew, the American nation saw intense struggle: the struggle for survival, the struggle for community, the struggle for respect, the struggle for security. Some of these struggles have erupted into extreme violence, while others have been primarily political, cultural, or economic in nature. The paradox and the strength of the American nation has been that this diversity and struggle has bound the nation together rather than tearing it asunder— as the motto states, E Pluribus Unum , “out of many, one.” In this course you will encounter the development of American society through the lenses of culture, politics, and economics. We will focus on some of the most important and evocative events in American history, and trace how their impact is still felt today. Our goal for the course is not simply to learn the bare facts of American history but to examine the historical record, analyze the information and discuss its meaning. This course will let you develop your skills in writing, intellectual discussion, and critical reading. By the end of this class you will be comfortable analyzing historical texts both in class discussion and in your writing. You will also be able to draw connections between different eras, understanding how American culture, ideas and ways of life have changed and endured as time passes. Learning Outcomes Define and summarize the main events, developments, and themes of post-Civil War American history. Evaluate and compare significant themes, issues, or eras in post-Civil War American history. Demonstrate basic skills in the comprehension and analysis of selected sources and their relevance in the context of historical knowledge. Convey a sound historical argument drawing on primary and/or secondary sources. Reading for this course:
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Textbook: John Mack Faragher, Mari Jo Buhle, Daniel Czitrom, and Susan H. Armitage : Out of Many: A History of the American People (Pearson; sixth edition, volume two) Recommended. This title is available in several editions and in either one or two volumes. If you buy this book somewhere other than the campus bookstore, be sure you are getting the correct version. This
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