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A Survey of U.S. History from Reconstruction to the Present Problems and Interpretations
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Required text : Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman, Edward J. Blum, Jon Gjerde.  Major Problems in American History Volume II: Since 1865, Documents and Essays, Third Edition.  Wadsworth, Cengage Learning:  Boston, MA.

Other required readings : Mark Twain, The Gilded Age (excerpts); Alfred Mahon, The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783 (excerpts); Rudyard Kipling, The White Man’s Burden, Wilson’s 14 Points, Upton Sinclair, The Jungle (excerpts), H. L. Mencken, “The Scopes’ Monkey Trial,” FDR’s first inaugural address, John Hersey, Hiroshima, George Kennan, “The Long Telegram,” Paul Nitze, “National Security Council Document # 68," Allen Ginsburg, “Howl,” Martin Luther King, “Letter from the Birmingham Jail,” Michael Herr, Dispatches (excerpts).  All of these readings are available on-line except for Dispatches.  The instructor will determine whether to proceed with this reading.

Additional readings: Students will be assigned additional readings in American history from primary sources located via a variety of web sites. The instructor will assign these readings weekly. The student will be responsible for these readings for both class discussions and exams.


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Instructions & Grading Scale:

Expectations & standards: Grades are based on student performance. Grades are earned & not given. To receive a higher grade, a student must demonstrate proficiency in the material. For different students, gaining that proficiency requires different levels of work, because not all students have the same aptitude for history. An “A” student will display superior performance in course work. A “B” student will display above average performance in course work. A “C” student will display average performance in course work. A “D” student will exhibit minimum requirements for the course. An “F” student will not meet the requirements of the course.

Two exams: Each exam will count between 200-300 points (depending on semester). These exams are not cumulative. Each will be comprised of a combination of short answer and true/false. To successfully answer the identifications, students will have to think critically. Your memory will be of little use in this course. Students will learn to think critically by applying the following criteria to historical events: a) how is this event characterized?  b) what is this event’s historical significance?  c) what is this event’s historical context? Numerous examples will explain how to apply these criteria to exam questions. The purpose of this testing method is to encourage students to think critically about course materials instead of merely memorizing and regurgitating ostensible facts at test time.

Grading Scale:

A: 900 – 1000    B: 800 – 899    C: 700 – 799   

D: 600 – 699     F:  below 600


Assignments & Exams:

Four map quizzes: 200 pts  (4 quizzes x 50 pts)

Oral presentation: 100 pts

Two exams: 400 pts  (2 exams x 200 points)

Reflection & Participation: 100 pts

Papers & Reviews: 200 pts


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