History 8 Summer 2010 - HISTORY 8 UNITED STATES SINCE...

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HISTORY 8: UNITED STATES SINCE RECONSTRUCTION Las Positas College Summer Term 2010 Dr. Stuart McElderry Office: 2411-K Office Hours: TBA Phone:  (925) 424-1298 Email:  [email protected]   Online Info: www.laspositascollege.edu/onlinelearning/blackboard.php . COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course offers a general survey of United States history from  Reconstruction through the end of the 20th century.  It will introduce students to the major political,  economic, social, intellectual, and geographic developments in American history. COURSE OBJECTIVES:  This course is designed to help students think about some important questions.  How did the United States develop the way that it did? How have ideas, politics and government,  technology, the economy, social change, and other factors shaped the American experience? By the end of  the term, I hope that you can answer these questions with confidence and from a base of real knowledge.  But, perhaps even more importantly, I hope that you will leave this class with a new appreciation for  history and the pursuit of knowledge more generally.  REQUIRED READING:  The two books, listed below, can be purchased in the campus bookstore.  All  reading assignments are designed to supplement lectures, discussions, and other course material. See class  calendar for reading schedule.  1. Boyer et. al.,  The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People, Volume  Two: from 1865,  concise 6th edition. 2. Howard Zinn,  A People's History of the United States, 1492 to the Present. COURSE ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADES: Course grades will be determined by the following: 1. Reading Quizzes (12 of them each worth 10 points).   Quizzes will test comprehension of  the material found in Zinn  A People's History .  Quizzes are taken on Blackboard and are available 48  hours prior to the day Zinn chapters are due (see class calendar).   Make up policy for missed quizzes If a student misses a quiz for any reason he/she may make up  ½  the points (5) in the following manner:  submit a one-page, typed chapter synopsis (describing the main points of the chapter and citing 
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