History 121

United States since Reconstruction • Fall 2017

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 scheduled quizzes are listed in bold. Scheduled films will be viewed in class. You can find further information about the exams, quizzes, and grading here.

If you prefer a PDF copy of the syllabus, you can access it here. 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 –– Introductions

  • Aug. 23: Why Even Study History?
    • Becoming America, chap. 16

Week 2 –– Industrializing America

  • Aug. 28: Emancipation and Reconstruction
  • Aug. 30: The Terrible Seventies
    • Becoming America, chap. 17
    • Hoxie, Taking Back to Civilization (begin)

Week 3 –– The Contested West

  • Sep. 4: NO CLASS; Labor Day
  • Sep. 6: Manifest Destiny and the West
    • Becoming America, chap. 18
    • Hoxie, Taking Back to Civilization (finish)

Week 4 –– Modernity and its Challenges; QUIZ 1

  • Sep. 11: Land of Speed and Success
  • Sep. 13: Era of Upheaval
    • Becoming America, chap. 19
    • August Spies on Armed Revolt (iLearn)
    • QUIZ 1: DUE FRI SEP 15, 5pm (iLearn)

Week 5 –– Democracy and Citizenship

  • Sep 18: Southern Redemption and Jim Crow
  • Sep. 20: Coming to America
    • Becoming America, chap. 20
    • Booker T. Washington, "Atlanta Compromise" (iLearn)
    • Ida B. Wells, "A Red Record" (iLearn)

Week 6 –– New American Empire; QUIZ 2

  • Sep. 25: New Imperialism
  • Sep. 27: World War I
    • Becoming America, chap. 21
    • QUIZ 2: DUE FRI SEP 29, 5pm (iLearn)

Week 7 –– Before Normalcy

  • Oct. 2: 1919
  • Oct. 4: MIDTERM EXAM
    • Becoming America, chap. 22

Week 8 –– Boom to Bust

  • Oct. 9: The Roaring 20s
  • Oct. 11: The Great Depression
    • Becoming America, chap. 23

Week 9 –– The Age of Big Government

  • Oct. 16: New Deal and Modern Liberalism
  • Oct. 18: War and Wartime Society
    • Becoming America, chap. 24-25
    • Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (begin)

Week 10 –– Facing the Post-War World; QUIZ 3

  • Oct. 23: FILM: Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter
  • Oct. 25: Atomic Society and Nuremberg
    • Becoming America, chap. 26
    • Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (continue)
    • QUIZ 3: DUE FRI OCT 27, 5pm (iLearn)

Week 11 –– The Cold War at Home and Abroad

Week 12 –– The Coming of the Sixties

Week 13 –– LBJ's America; QUIZ 4

Week 14 –– THANKSGIVING BREAK; No classes Nov 20 - 24

Week 15 –– The Rising Tide of Conservatism

Week 16 –– The End of the "American Century"

Week 17 –– America and the Global Future; TAKE-HOME MIDTERM DUE

FINAL EXAM: MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 10:45a-1:15p

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