History | American History II
H106 | 0387 | Kraemer
8:55-10:10A D BH244
Above section open to undergraduates only.
How did we get here from there? This course in recent United States
history allows students to explore, through various perspectives, to
better understand the conditions they live in today. We will examine
various themes and trends in American history from1865 to the present
such as industrialization, urbanization, and segregation, as well as
specific events such as the World Wars, the Great Depression, and the
Cold War. The post-Civil War period in the United States has also
been one of a continuous cycle of popular protest and reform, and we
shall examine how these various social, economic, and political
reforms have shaped the world in which we now live.
W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk
Thomas Bell, Out of This Furnace
John Okada, No-No Boy
James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
Grading: There are four components of your final grade:
1. Midterm examinations (2) 40%
2. Review Essays (3) 30%
3. Final Exam 20%
4. Class attendance and various
in-class written assignments 10%
For review essays, students will write 2-3 page written responses on
three of the four texts assigned for the course. Detailed
instructions for each essay will be distributed before each assignment
in order to help you structure the essay and address the topic. The
final text, James Baldwin's essay The Fire Next Time, will be covered
in the final examination only with no outside essay required.
Exams will be in essay form. Possible assignments on the exams
1. Identification questions that ask students to briefly define
salient persons, events, places, and ideas, and to explain their
2. Document-based questions, which provide a section from a primary
source (such as an excerpt from a speech or statement, or a political
cartoon) for students' interpretation based on background knowledge
from class and readings.
3. Interpretation of broad historical trends or specific historical
events through well constructed essays that draw on specific examples
from readings or class lecture.
All work must be turned in on time unless previous arrangements have
been made with the instructor. No late work will be accepted for any
reason without prior clearance. In addition, students must complete
each assignment in order to receive a passing grade in the course.
Students who require special arrangements due to physical or learning
disability should contact the instructor as soon as possible.
Grades will be assigned according to the following scale:
A+ 98-100 C+ 78-79 F below 60
A 93-97 C 73-77
A- 90-92 C- 70-72
B+ 88-89 D+ 68-69
B 83-87 D 63-67
B- 80-82 D- 60-62
Although the class demands that we cover a great deal of material in a
short amount of time, I will try to incorporate discussion into the
class when I can, and we will take time out to discuss each of the
readings specifically. In addition, we will examine documents and
other primary source material during class time as a way of
supplementing the lectures. For exams, students will be responsible
for knowing all material in this class.
It is the student's responsibility to keep informed about class
materials and assignments. No late assignments are accepted without
prior permission from the instructor. Students must also notify the
instructor in advance about any excused absences from class.
Lastly, any written work that is submitted in this class must be your
own. Any student caught plagiarizing or cheating will automatically
fail the course and may be subjected to the disciplinary system of the
university. If you have any questions, please refer to the Indiana
University Academic Handbook, p. 123, or come and see me to talk.