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HIS 104 Course Information

Dr. Robert Genter                                                       Email:           

Department of History                                                Office: G230

Nassau Community College                                       Office Hours: M/W 11:15-12:30

FALL 2017                                                                                        


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.


Required Text:

  • 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.


Graded Assignments:

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**






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