HIS 315L • United States Since 1865
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
This course will introduce students to the history of the United States from the end of the Civil War through the late twentieth century. We will consider three key themes: first, impact of industrialization, immigration and urbanization in American life; second, the expansion of state power and the growing influence of the federal government; and third, the ways in which various social groups struggled to gain power and assert their rights. Readings and discussion will help students develop ways of thinking critically about the American past. Papers written for take-home examinations will enable students to improve their skills in formulating arguments and presenting their ideas coherently and persuasively. HIS 315L and 316L may not both be counted. Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American history.
Discussion and Quizzes 10% Most Fridays will consist of class discussion of readings. Students are expected to participate fully in such discussions. Unannounced quizzes may be given. Take-Home Exams 90% (each exam 30%) All exams will be take home. Each exam will consist of one essay of approximately five pages. Students will receive the topics and questions to address in the essays one week before the exams are due.
Ellen F. Fitzpatrick, ed. Muckraking: Three Landmark Articles. Richard Wright, Black Boy. Philip Caputo, A Rumor of War. Course Packet of Reading Materials.