Course Summary: This class will survey the
history of the United States from Reconstruction (1865-1877) to the
present. The lectures, class discussions, and written assignments will
study America’s political, economic, and social development. The class
also includes research, organization, and analysis of historical
1. Formulate a basic chronology of the
political, economic and social developments of the United States from
1877 to the present.
2. Compare and contrast the role of major
ethnic and racial groups (African, European, Asian, Latin American, and
Native American) in the American labor force, politics, and society.
3. Evaluate the influence of
industrialization, immigration, and urbanization on American society as
well as the corresponding conservative and liberal responses.
4. Critically analyze historical data that is
pertinent to regional, urban/rural, gender, and status groups.
5. Locate and identify geographical sites
within the United States and the world and assess their importance for
U.S. domestic growth and America’s strategic foreign involvements.
Identify, evaluate, and summarize in essay
form the significance of key events in the United States and the role of
historical interpretation in their portrayal and understanding.
7. Locate primary and secondary sources in the
Library and on the Internet and examine, assess, and organize sources
into a logical argument.
. Paul Boyer, et.al. The Enduring Vision A History of the American People,
concise 6th ed., vol. 2, New York: Wadsworth
Cengage Learning, 2010. ISBN # 0547222785
This book is available in
the Harbor College Bookstore or on-line. Copies are also on
reserve in the Harbor College Library. If you have a
learning disability please identify yourself to me via a
Lecture, and Practice Test assignments: Each week
students should check the Assignments, Tests, and Surveys section of the Etudes site
You will not be able to access this site until the first day of
class. On the first day this site will instruct you about
logging into Etudes (
the Assignments, Tests, and Surveys the assignment will generally send you to that
week's Module for the key questions and terms of the chapter.
The assignment will also ask you to read assigned pages or
chapters in the text, listen to a recorded Powerpoint lecture at
www.ellenjoiner.com and complete a practice quiz to check your
understanding of the material. These weekly quizzes will be
submitted to separate yahoo address. Each of the weekly practice
quizzes is worth 10 pts. Throughout the course, several short
on-line assignments will also be required along with
participation in eight of the fourteen discussion topics that will
be posted on the Etudes discussion board. Each participation in
a discussion is also worth 10 pts. After completion of the
six required discussion postings you may continue to participate
in the discussions for 2 pts. of extra credit for each week's
Essay assignments will be explained more fully in the Essay
Module and on that specific week's Assignments, Tests and Surveys. There
will be two essays, 4-5 pages in length. Assignments must be
submitted in a Word (.doc) format. Each essay
assignment (outline, thesis statement, and essay) is worth 50 pts.
Exams will be based on class lecture, text reading, and
vocabulary. The exams will be a combination of true/false and
multiple choice. The exams will be taken on-line. They
will also be found at the Assignments, Tests, and Surveys icon. (45 pts/exam)
4) Extra Credit:
Noted in the class schedule are historical fiction films (some
older and some more recent) that may be
viewed for extra-credit. Three films may be viewed and
summarized on the rtf. form located above the Course Schedule at
this site. Extra credit assignments must be completed within the
week they are assigned..(5 pts. credit/film- total of 15 pts.).
Grades will be calculated on
a percentage basis of the total number of possible points. 90%
of total points will be an A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%=D. Lower
than 60% is failing the class.