History 121

United States since Reconstruction • Spring 2019

Police confront beachgoers about their skimpy swimsuits, Chicago, 1922

Lecture Schedule and Due Dates

Below you'll find an outline of our semester.

We will be reading two books, a textbook, and several selections on iLearn. I've listed suggested reading goals for each week to help you pace yourself, so do plan accordingly. The exams and Source Reflections are listed in bold. You can find further information about the exams, reflections, and grading here.

If you prefer a PDF copy of the syllabus, you can access it via iLearn. But please note that the details are subject to change. You're advised to bookmark this page and check it frequently for updates.


Schedule

Week 1 –– Making Modern America

Week 2 –– Nationalism and the West; REFLECTION 1

Week 3 –– Gilded Age

Week 4 –– Democracy and Its Limits; REFLECTION 2

  • Feb 18: Reconstruction, Southern Redemption, and Jim Crow
  • Feb 20: Strategies of Black Uplift

Week 5 –– Age of Reform

Week 6 –– Empire and War; REFLECTION 3

Week 7 –– Boom Times and Hard Times

Week 8 –– MIDTERM

  • Mar 18: Midterm Review
  • Mar 20: MIDTERM

Week 9 –– SPRING BREAK; NO CLASS Mar 25 - Mar 31

Week 10 –– The "Good War"

Week 11 –– Facing the Post-War World; REFLECTION 4

Week 12 –– Fifties Frontier

Week 13 –– The Coming of the Sixties; REFLECTION 5

Week 14 –– Radical Sixties

Week 15 –– The Rising Tide of Conservatism; REFLECTION 6

Week 16 –– The End of the "American Century"; REFLECTION 6

FINAL EXAM: MONDAY, MAY 20, 1:00 - 3:15p, HSS 317

A couple cuddles on a ride at Coney Island amusement park, ca. 1940