History | American History II
H106 | 4464 | Von Bothmer

This survey class will examine the political, social, cultural, and
economic history of the United States from the end of the Civil War
to the present day. We will study such topics as Reconstruction; the
settling of the West; the rise of industrialism; our growing
participation in world affairs and our involvement in two world
wars; the Cold War; the Civil Rights Movement; the Vietnam War and
the turbulent decade of the 1960s; the rise of the right; and the
post-Cold War world. Since this class serves as an introduction to
American history, it will strive to seek a balance in coverage
between political figures, economic developments, and cultural and
social trends. We will study presidential leaders and wars, but we
will also examine popular culture as well as how issues of race,
class, and gender have influenced the American experiment. The
course will make ample use of slides, overheads, music, and video.
It serves to help students to examine closely historical issues and
to think critically about how the past effects the present. Students
will have ample opportunity to express themselves using a variety of
methods, and will be encouraged to arrive at their own analysis of
American history.