Dr. Robert Genter Email: email@example.com
Department of History Office: G230
Nassau Community College Office Hours: M/W 11:15-12:30
HIS 104: History of the United States, Part II
Course Description: This second half of the American history sequence picks up the American story with the era of Reconstruction and moves on to mark the growth of industrial America, the expanding frontier, the Progressive Era, the expansion of American foreign interests, the Great Depression, and the rise of modern America. Designed to reveal this nation’s colorful and remarkable past in the modern era, the course seeks to examine the impact recent events have had on the creation of modern American society, culture, politics, and world affairs.
- James Oakes, Of the People (Oxford University Press)
Course Rules and Requirements:
- Classroom Etiquette: All students are required to attend class regularly, to show up on time, and to remain for the entire period. Attendance will be taken every class. Any student missing more than three classes will have his or her grade lowered. Any student missing more than six classes will be automatically dropped from the course – no exceptions. All electronic devices must be silenced. Students who engage in disruptive behavior (excessive talking, text messaging, sleeping, etc.) will be asked to leave. I reserve the right to dismiss from the course any student who continuously repeats such disruptive behavior. Similarly, repeated lateness to class (10 minutes or more) will not be tolerated. Three late arrivals count as one absence.
- Reading Assignments: Students are expected to do ALL the required readings by the assigned dates and be prepared to discuss them in class. Students will receive extra credit for exceptional or frequent participation. NOTE: Readings must be completed by the beginning of the week.
Your final course grade will be based upon the following assignments and in accordance with the following grade scale:
- Midterm Exam (30%).
- Final Exam (30%).
- 3 Take-Home Papers (20%). The assignments for these quizzes will be handed out in class.
- 3 In-Class Quizzes (20%). The quizzes will be based upon the assigned readings and classroom lectures. The quizzes will be announced at least one class prior.
Schedule of Reading and Classroom Assignments:
Sept. 7: Introduction
Sept. 12-14: Reconstruction and the End of the Civil War
Readings: Divine, Chapter 16
America, Chapter 14
Sept. 19-21: Industrialization and Expansion
Readings: Divine, Chapter 17-18
America, Chapter 15-16
Sept. 26-28: Toward a New Society
Readings: Divine, Chapter 19-20
America, Chapter 17-18
Oct. 3-5: The American Empire
Readings: Divine, Chapter 21
America, Chapter 19-20
Oct. 10-12: The Progressive Era
Readings: Divine, Chapter 22-23
America, Chapter 21
Oct. 17-19: A Nation at War
Readings: Divine, Chapter 24
America, Chapter 22
Oct. 24: The Turbulent 20s
Readings: Divine, Chapter 25
America, Chapter 23
Oct. 26: **MIDTERM EXAM**
Oct. 31-Nov. 2: The New Deal
Readings: Divine, Chapter 26
America, Chapter 24
Nov. 7-9: America and the World
Readings: Divine, Chapter 27-28
America, Chapter 25
Nov. 14-16: The Postwar Boom
Readings: Divine, Chapter 29
America, Chapter 26-27
Nov. 21-28: The Turbulent Sixties
Readings: Divine, Chapter 30
America, Chapter 28-29
Nov. 23: No Class (follows Friday schedule)
Nov. 30-Dec. 5: Rise of Conservatism
Readings: Divine, Chapter 31
America, Chapter 30
Dec. 7-14: Modern America
Readings: Divine, Chapter 32
America, Chapter 31
Dec. 19: **FINAL EXAM**