History | AMERICAN HISTORY II
H106 | 0392 | Rubin
8:55-10:10A D BH003
Topic: The Nation Explodes
Above section open to undergraduates only
Books: John Mack Faragher et.al., Out of Many: A History of the
American People, Since 1865 Third Edition, Vol. 2 (Prentice Hall,
H106 Course Reader
After the Civil War, the United States rushed headlong into an era of
unprecedented growth and change. Immigrants from a wide variety of
nations arrived in large numbers; technological innovation kept
frantic pace along with industrial transformation; freed slaves were
lynched and degraded; world wars thrust the nation into the role of
world leader; television mesmerized the nation; radicals inside the
country were silenced; youth, blacks, and women rebelled; conservative
Americans struggled to reassert traditional morality; and the computer
transformed how people communicate and transact business. The pace of
change intensified with each passing decade and pointed to an
In this course, we will examine some of the forces that shaped
American culture, politics, and society between the Civil War and the
twenty-first century. Reading assignments will come from a textbook,
a course reader, and specified websites.
Films: Two films will be discussed in class. These films will be
shown during regular class hours, and they will be available for
viewing in the Media and Reserve Services area at the main library.
Exams may include questions that draw upon the films.
Requirements: A total of three exams will be given-two plus a
comprehensive final exam on the last day of class. There will be four
quizzes as well. Each student is responsible for the material in all
assigned readings, websites, and films. Each student is responsible
for all material covered in class meetings.
Any student who will be absent for a full-period exam-including the
final-must inform the instructor before the exam. Make-ups for the
full-period exams will be given at the discretion of the instructor.
Any student who, for medical reasons, may need more time or special
arrangements to take a test must inform the instructor at the start of
There are no make-ups for quizzes. If you are absent from class when
a quiz is given, you will not be able to take that particular quiz.
Exams: Exams will cover the material in the readings, lectures, and
films. Each exam will require students to answer essay questions.
These essays will ask students both to supply as many relevant details
as possible and to connect those details into a cohesive, structured
argument. How you write is as important as what you write-students'
writing will partly determine their grade.
Quizzes: Quizzes will ask shorter questions based on the readings,
lectures, and/or films. These quizzes will not be announced ahead of
time. Although four quizzes will be given, only the three highest
quiz grades will be factored into the final grade.
Grades: Each of the first two exams will count for 25% of the final
grade. The final exam will determine 35% of the grade. Together, the
quizzes will make up the remaining 15%, with each of the three highest
scores counting for 5% of the final grade.
Cheating: Any student caught cheating on an exam will receive an F
for the entire course.
Meeting with the instructor: If students are unable to meet during
office hours, they should email the instructor in order to set up an
alternative time in which to meet. As a rule, the instructor is
available to consult with any student who wishes to talk. Students
who are unclear about grades, the assigned readings, or other matters
are encouraged to meet with the instructor.