HIS s315L • United States Since 1865
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with major developments and changes in the United States since the Civil War. Several important themes give shape to the course. We will examine the ongoing struggle of multiple groups to expand their democratic rights including people of color, immigrants, women and the working class. We will explore how this development interplayed with the growth of the U.S. Government and the expansion of the U.S. into global affairs. The ultimate goal of the course is to give students a better understanding of our country today by exploring how the history of the past 135 years has shaped the U.S.
Grades will be based on two in class exams. Each exam will be worth 50% of your final grade. Make-up exams will be given only in cases of verifiable emergency. The final exam may not be taken early, regardless of your summer travel plans.
Required Reading (Tentative): OUT OF MANY by John Mack Faragher, et al THE JUNGLE by Upton Sinclair FAST FOOD NATION by Eric Schlosser