Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I would recommend this course to any history junkie out there. I loved this course more than i expected when i first started the course. The thing that i wish i did know before i took the course is the kind of thought process i needed to have meanwhile taking the course. The kind of mindset one needs to have while taking the course is that there are a series of events that occur around the time in different parts of the United States, sometimes at the same time. With that being said, it is useful to have a timeline or chart with the events and years to keep organization. My favorite part personally about the course is the time period from the gilded age to the new era 1920's. My professor was able to relate the material to today's generation. It was fascinating to see how i can actually relate to history, something our society does not really reflect in until its spoken about. I can testify that after that course, I was actually able to remember many historical facts and people, such as the impact Andrew Carnegie had in the railroad and business world or the multiple causes that led to the American Revolution and the Civil war. Although some may say that history is boring, i do recommend the course. I also recommend reflecting and relating to the information, making connections to history in order to enjoy it.
The highlights of this course were the time period between the gilded age and the 1920's New Era. During the gilded age, there was a lot of corruption and monopolies that made a revolutionary impact to the business world today, today business are much more controlled in order to prevent such monopolies. I also learned that JP Morgan, one of the wealthiest people of that time, bailed the government, which then led to secretive business trades and loose regulation to the business that he owned. The gilded age was also a time when party machines existed. Part machines was a group of politicians that would bribe the immigrants coming in with food and shelter for a vote. As for the New Era, i found this quite interesting only because the things we use today such as deodorant, the kinds of clothing women wear, the suburban neighborhoods we see often, the "ideal" family, and many more ideas, were started in this era. This was also a time when technology was really starting to be a big hit. Although the "rich people" were the ones the afford it eventually it rapidly spread to the middle class. All of this information, i will admit was remembered because of the jokes i have heard in class that my teacher would make, but it was also the kinds of connections.
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What I would say is to ask your teacher for a timeline of events or a chart with the events and years. This will allow you to organize your thoughts while there is lecture. Organization is key when it comes to thoroughly understanding the course. Another thing is to know the causes and effects of the events too. Knowing significant people will also allow you to remember eras as well.