History | American History II
H106 | 13442 | E. Sandweiss


H106: Hallowed Ground, Unfinished Work:  The US since 1865

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln asked the mourners at the “hallowed ground”
of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to carry on the nation's "unfinished
work."

To Lincoln, “work” meant more than just winning an unsettled Civil
War.  It meant finishing the experiment of establishing liberty in a
new nation.  A hundred-fifty years later, we use this course to ask
how Americans have done.  For answers, we turn to the
country’s “hallowed grounds”—not just its battlefields and
cemeteries but its whole landscape of farms, towns, cities, and
suburbs.  In such ordinary places, we discover extraordinary
Americans who fought for life, liberty, and happiness—a struggle
that continues, in our own lives, today.

In this course you will use text, primary documents, literature,
sound, and images to master the outline of modern US history.  You
will develop research and writing skills necessary for success in
your future college humanities courses.  FInally, you will add to
the canon of American history the story of some unsung heroes:  your
own family.

Requirements:  c. 50 pages reading per week;  15 pages (total)
writing;  midterm and final exams;  attendance in lectures and
discussion section.