History | AMERICAN HISTORY II
H106 | 2904 | Stephan


4:00-5:15P     TR     SW119

Above section open to all students

In this course we will trace the transformation of the United States
from a predominantly rural society to one of the world's most powerful
industrial and political nations.  Industrialization created a
complicated web of changes that importantly reshaped American
institutional, social, and political life.  It lured immigrants,
helped create large cities,
transformed the workplace, and created great wealth.  But it also
generated new forms of poverty, fueled political corruption, and
introduced a host of problems to American life.  We will pay close
attention to the differing ways that Americans reacted to these
profound changes and to their ongoing debates over the proper shape of
American
society.

The course will also focus on efforts to make the United States abide
by the promises of freedom and equality enshrined in the Declaration
of Independence and the Constitution.  In 1865, American women,
African Americans, and others remained excluded from full
participation as citizens in the promise of American life.  Much of
the drama of the nation's history over the past century has come from
efforts by these groups to expand their civil and political rights.
Finally, we will trace the development of the United States into a
world power over the course of the twentieth century.  In particular,
we will focus on the long and bitter rivalry between the United States
and the Soviet Union after World War II and the myriad ways in which
this Cold War shaped American life.

In addition to attending class and completing the required reading,
students will also be required to take two in-class exams (midterm and
final), write a 5 page paper on one of the required books, and
complete eight brief in-class assignments. These assignments will
include both announced quizzes over the reading and unannounced,
in-class writing
exercises.

Required Texts:
Alan Brinkley, The Unfinished Nation, vol. 2
Upton Sinclair, The Jungle
Robert S. McElvaine, Down and Out in the Great Depression:  Letters
from The "Forgotten Man"
Anne Moody, Coming of Age in Mississippi