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 sources. 

Course Objectives:

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.

6.      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.  


Required Books:

. Paul Boyer, The Enduring Vision A History of the American People, concise 5th ed., vol. 2, New York:  Houghton Mifflin, 2006. 

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. 


1)      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. / assignment)

2)      Essays: Essay assignments are explained more fully below.  Each essay assignment (outline, thesis, and essay) is worth 50 pts.

3)      Examinations:  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)

4)      Extra Credit:  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 date.

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. 




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