History 102

current syllabus

COURSE OBJECTIVE: To familiarize the student with the rise of modern America from the Reconstruction of the United States to the present. History 102 will examine the rise of modern America topically, looking at major developments, industrialization, rise to world power, World Wars, the Great Depression, the Post-War society, etc. The major themes of History 102 are modernization, the rise of big business and big government, the rise to world power, and the developments for important minority groups, such as black and female Americans.

 STUDENTS OBJECTIVE: To value learning, critical thinking, and the acquisition of a historical perspective over the quest for a grade. To participate in class discussions, critique lectures and ask questions, improve note taking, test taking, and writing techniques.

REQUIRED READINGS: Text: Boyer, The Enduring Vision, vol. 2

                                                Supplemental: Graebner, True Stories… vol. 2.


1. Attendance at all class sessions.

2. Completion of reading assignments, textbook worksheets, and three, one page impressionistic reactions to articles in True Stories.

3. Completion of three examinations: two midterms and a final.

4. Completion of a history project. This can be a review essay, a research paper, or an oral, visual, or musical presentation. See handout.

COURSE GRADING: The tests will include and essay and a number of short answer identifications of people, places, things or events. The essay will come from a series of study questions given out one week prior to the examinations. The tests are graded using a 100 points system resulting in a letter grade. No curve is employed. Each midterm is valued at 20 percent of the course grade and the final exam is graded at 50 percent of the course grade. The final 10 percent of the course grade is made up of the worksheets, summary, and the history project. [NOTE: Make-up exams will be allowed only for those students contacting me prior to test. The day of the final exam is the last day that any make-up material will be accepted.]

LECTURE TOPIC                                                                        READING

Introduction, Reconstruction.                                                 Boyer, chapter 16.

The Gilded Age: End of Frontier.                                               Boyer, chapter 17.

The Gilded Age: Industrialization.                                               Boyer, chapter 18.

The Gilded Age: Immigrants, Cities and Politics.                        Boyer, chapters 19-21.

The Progressive Era.                                                                  Boyer, chapter 22.

Rise to World Power.                                                             Boyer, chapter 21.

World War I.                                                                           Boyer, chapter 23.

The Twenties.                                                                           Boyer, chapter 24.

The Great Depression.                                                      Boyer, chapters 25-26.

World War II.                                                                          Boyer, chapter 26.

The Post-War Society: Affluence                                              Boyer, chapter 29.

The Post-War Society: Anxiety and Anxiety.                        Boyer, chapters 27,29-30.

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