Not too easy. Not too difficult.
You learn a lot, but the presentations are not very flashy or sometimes engaging. The course gets better as you realize how the history you're learning about connects to the present. Professor Dewey does a great job of relating those things, particularly after the Progressive Era (~1910s). My majority of my classmates did not enjoy the professor. I guess they were too offput by the lecture style (slides, talking) and it was hard to see people participate when Dewey asked questions for her ocassional reviews. The professor was very nice and knowledgeable, it was impressive to talk to her with related questions after class. Also the professor graded very easily, which is appropriate for a survey general education class, although the assignments were challenging and helped you learn.
I liked learning about how foreign policy from the 1910s and even rhetoric sounds a lot like today (We used primary sources from this companion book to our textbook. It was like $20 total for both books to rent them, they're the only books you need to buy), the growth of big government and the new deal and the relationship of the republican party with the religious right. I also liked a civil rights video we watched were we really captured some of the frustration of African Americans.
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Advice for students:
Please do not make the same mistake I did and forget to take notes on your final essay question throughout the course, which is not completed timed or in class. Get a google docs document and right short sentences, topics or summaries about important statistics, events and put the page number right next to them. You can use both the main textbook and the primary source book and any outside sources. You will need those precious page numbers when you have to cite in your final paper. If you forget to take notes expect to go through the index like an imbecile for 3 whole days for one 5 to 7 page paper. Team up with a friend or classmate and get that extra credit assignment visit to the Nixon Library out of the way, I did not go because I didn't know it was opened saturday and sunday too ($6 admission I think, maybe with a student id). Try not to read the chapters in one sitting because they are 50 pages long! It's very draining.