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History (HIST)

HIST 021 (GH;US) American Civilization Since 1877 (3) An historical survey of the American experience from the emergence of urban-industrial society in the late nineteenth century to the present.

HIST 021 American Civilization Since 1877 (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

History 021 is designed as the second half of a two-term survey of American history, covering the period from 1877 to the present. (History 20 covers the period from 1607 to 1877.) The course uses a lecture format; larger versions have weekly discussion sections as well, led by graduate assistants. In terms of historical knowledge, History 021 seeks to introduce students to salient events, developments, and themes of American history since 1877. Chief among the topics covered are Reconstruction, Westward expansion and the decline of the Native American, the industrial revolution, urbanization, immigration, Gilded Age culture and politics, the labor movement, the New South, Populism, imperialism, Progressivism, segregation and African-American response, the women's movement, World War I, politics and culture in the 'Twenties, the Great Depression and New Deal, World War II, post-war prosperity, the Cold War, the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, the disillusionment of the 'Seventies', the Reagan revolution, and America in the post-Cold War era. The social and ideological diversity of the American experience is a prominent theme of History 021. A survey textbook selected by the instructor is used, in conjunction with lectures, to provide a comprehensive overview. The textbook is supplemented by a blend of specialized historical works and primary readings. Students are evaluated on the basis of their performance on papers, exams, quizzes, and class participation and attendance. While History 021 instructors vary in the content and mix of work they assign (and the relative weight they give papers, exams, quizzes, and participation in the course grade), all versions share certain underlying objectives: to expose students to essential events and trends in American history; to develop their capacity to identify and analyze key themes and issues from the past; to give them some experience in the critical assessment of primary sources; and, to sharpen their skills in marshaling data and concepts from readings and lectures, and discussing them cogently both in section meetings and in writing. Increasingly, instructors are integrating multi-media components into their lectures. History 21 is the second half of a two-course survey of American history. History 020 is the first half; the year 1877 marks the dividing point between these two courses. Like History 020, History 021 provides a foundation (and is in fact a prerequisite) for many of the more advanced courses in American history. History 021 is a requirement for the major. Non-majors may use this course to satisfy a general education humanities selection. This course is offered three times a year with 140 seats per offering.

General Education: GH
Diversity: US
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Spring 2006

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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