History | American History II
H106 | 7640 | Muhammad


Above class open to undergraduates only

After more than 600,000 Americans died on the battlefields of the
Civil War, the United States government started the slow, painful,
and at times, bloody process of reconstructing the South and forging
a new nation without slavery.  From that moment forward, the
unresolved dilemmas of race, freedom, equality, and nationhood
helped to shape modern America.

This course will use these themes to explore the entire sweep of
American history since 1865.  We will cover all the major political
issues and movements; freedom (and identity) struggles among the
working-class, women, African Americans, Native Americans, Latin
Americans, European and Asian immigrants; the rise and fall of
American manufacturing; the crisis of post-industrial society; wars,
anti-war protests and challenges to civil liberties; the ascendance
of conservatism after the Civil Rights Movement and its reshaping of
the welfare state; and popular culture in art, music, and
entertainment.

Reading assignments will be drawn from a textbook and primary
documents.  Lectures will include multi-media presentations, such
as, pictures, illustrations, film, video, and music.  Grades will be
based on three exams (including essays) that will focus on studentsí
ability to think critically, using arguments and evidence to make
sound historical interpretations.