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
Formulate a basic chronology of the
political, economic and social developments of the United States from
1877 to the present.
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.
Evaluate the influence of
industrialization, immigration, and urbanization on American society as
well as the corresponding conservative and liberal responses.
Critically analyze historical data that is
pertinent to regional, urban/rural, gender, and status groups.
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.
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 5th ed., vol. 2, New York: Houghton
This book is available in
the Harbor College Bookstore. Copies are also on reserve in the
Harbor College Library. Students should also purchase a package
of quiz strips ( 882 EZ) for quizzes.
Reading and Student Guide
assignments: Student Guide
assignments include reading through the chapter outline and
vocabulary, answering multiple-choice questions, checking and
recording the answers, and completing map assignments. Student
Guide chapters will be collected and graded on the due date.
Late assignments will automatically lose three points.
Assignments more than a week late will not be accepted. (10 pts.
Essay assignments are explained more fully below. Each essay
assignment (outline, thesis, and essay) is worth 50 pts.
Exams will be based on class lecture and discussion, text
reading, and vocabulary. The exams will be a combination of term
identification and matching, true/false, and multiple choice.
There are no make-ups on the exams. (50 pts/quiz)
Noted in the class syllabus are films that may be
viewed for extra-credit. Three films may be viewed and
summarized on sheets that will be provided (5 pts. credit/film).
Extra credit assignments will not be accepted after the due
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.