History 121

United States since Reconstruction • Spring 2018

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 –– How Free Is Free?

  • Jan 22: Introductions: Why Even Study History?
  • Jan 24: Emancipation and Reconstruction
  • Jan 26: Reconstruction in Memory*
    • Give Me Liberty, chap. 15 (Reconstruction)

Week 2 –– Industrializing America

  • Jan 29: Transcontinental Railroad and Nationalism
  • Jan 31: The Terrible Seventies
  • Feb 2: Manifest Destiny and the West*
    • Give Me Liberty, chap. 16 (Gilded Age)
    • Ida B. Wells, Southern Horrors... (begin)

Week 3 –– Gilded Age

  • Feb 5: Land of Speed and Desire
  • Feb 7: Myths of Success
  • Feb 9: Era of Upheaval*
    • August Spies on Armed Revolt (iLearn)
    • Ida B. Wells, Southern Horrors... (continue)

Week 4 –– Democracy and Its Limits; QUIZ 1

  • Feb 12: Southern Redemption and Jim Crow
  • Feb 14: FILM – Unforgiveable Blackness, PART I
  • Feb 16: Strategies of Black Uplift*
    • Give Me Liberty, chap. 17 (Freedom's Boundaries)
    • Ida B. Wells, Southern Horrors... (finish)
    • Booker T. Washington, "Atlanta Compromise" (iLearn)
    • W.E.B. DuBois, “Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others” (iLearn)
    • QUIZ 1: DUE FRI FEB 16, 5pm (iLearn)

Week 5 –– Age of Reform

  • Feb 19: New Imperialism
  • Feb 21: New Immigrants and Progressivism
  • Feb 23: NO CLASS
    • Give Me Liberty, chap. 18 (Progressive Era)

Week 6 –– War and Turmoil

  • Feb 26: NO CLASS
  • Feb 28: World War I
  • Mar 2: 1919
    • Give Me Liberty, chap. 19 (World War I)

Week 7 –– Boom Times and Hard Times; QUIZ 2

  • Mar 5: The Roaring 20s
  • Mar 7: The Great Depression
  • Mar 9: New Deal and Modern Liberalism
    • Give Me Liberty, chap. 20-21 (20s to Great Depression; New Deal)
    • QUIZ 2: DUE FRI MAR 9, 5pm (iLearn)

Week 8 –– MIDTERM

  • Mar 12: Midterm Review
  • Mar 14: MIDTERM
  • Mar 16: NO CLASS

Week 9 –– SPRING BREAK; No classes Mar 19 - 23

Week 10 –– The "Good War"

  • Mar 26: World War II Mobilization
  • Mar 28: Race Relations in Wartime
  • Mar 30: NO CLASS; Cesar Chavez Holiday
    • Give Me Liberty, chap. 22 (World War I)
    • Tim O'Brien, The Things We Carried (begin)

Week 11 –– Facing the Post-War World

  • Apr 2: GIs and the War Front
  • Apr 4: Atomic Society
  • Apr 6: Containment and the Cold War
    • Give Me Liberty, chap. 23 (Cold War)
    • Tim O'Brien, The Things We Carried (continue)
    • Frieda Miller, “What’s Become of Rosie the Riveter?” (iLearn)

Week 12 –– Fifties Frontier; QUIZ 3

  • Apr 9: Suburbs and Cities
  • Apr 11: Family Togetherness
  • Apr 13: Rock, Rebels, and Radicals
    • Give Me Liberty, chap. 24 (Affluent Society)
    • Tim O'Brien, The Things We Carried (continue)
    • Betty Friedan, “The Problem That Has No Name” (iLearn)
    • QUIZ 3: DUE FRI APR 13, 5pm (iLearn)

Week 13 –– The Coming of the Sixties

Week 14 –– LBJ's America

  • Apr 23: Vietnam, LBJ’s War
  • Apr 25: FILM - Hearts And Minds
  • Apr 27: About The Things They Carried*
    • Give Me Liberty, chap. 26 (Conservatism)
    • Tim O'Brien, The Things We Carried (finish)

Week 15 –– The Rising Tide of Conservatism; QUIZ 4

  • Apr 30: Nixon and the End of Modern Liberalism
  • May 2: Reagan Revolution
  • May 4: The New Economy
    • Give Me Liberty, chap. 27 (End Twentieth Century)
    • Phyllis Schlafly, “What’s Wrong With Equal Rights for Women” (iLearn)
    • QUIZ 4: DUE FRI MAY 4, 5pm (iLearn)

Week 16 –– The End of the "American Century"; FINAL ESSAYS DUE

  • May 7: Globalization and Technology
  • May 9: The War on Terror
  • May 11: The Obama Years; FINAL ESSAY DUE IN CLASS
    • Give Me Liberty, chap. 28 (New Century)
    • Moustafa Bayoumi, “How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?” (iLearn)

Week 17 –– Conclusions

  • May 14: Final Exam Review

FINAL EXAM: MONDAY, MAY 21, 1:30 - 4p

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