HIS 315L • United States Since 1865
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The United States has maintained one of the longest-running republics in modern history, but our democracy has also been subject to severe tests or challenges. For the years since 1865, many of these challenges may be organized in terms of the following three themes: the industrialization of the U.S. economy; the tremendous growth of the federal government and the power of the president; and efforts by different groups of Americans to secure the same rights that other citizens have enjoyed, such as the right to vote. Please note that this course includes class discussions. For both lectures and class discussions, students will assess a variety of historical materials, such as hearings, legislation, photographs, cartoons, biographies, and songs.
Proposed Grading: Students will take three essay tests. The first two tests each count 35 percent of a students grade, the last test counts 30 percent.
Possible Readings: Textbook: NATION OF NATIONS, 3rd edition, volume 2 (since 1865), abridged version. Additional readings: Michael P. Johnson, READING THE AMERICAN PAST: SELECTED HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS, Volume 2, second edition Russell Baker, GROWING UP Thomas Bell, OUT OF THIS FURNACE Anne Moody, COMING OF AGE IN MISSISSIPPI