History | American History II - A Social History of the United States: 1868 To the Present
H106 | 10189 | S. Carter-David


The purpose of this course is to help students obtain grounding in
the major themes in United States history from Reconstruction to the
current war in Iraq.  You may already have a broad knowledge of key
historical elements embodied the late 19th and 20th centuries;
however, this course will be unique in approach and scope for two
distinct reasons.  Firstly, it will examine social history, or that
which interrogates historical events from a variety of perspectives:
that of the masses with a smaller focus on “great men” and elites.
Secondly, in attempting to uncover unheard voices of the masses that
lived through these times, we will employ a range of diverse primary
and secondary sources.  While the textbooks readings will serve as a
foundation to grasp the major themes, we will also employ various
forms of primary source documents, documentaries, feature films, and
print/television ad as a way to understand the heartbeat of the
American public.  With that in mind, our course objectives are
threefold:  To be able to explain the ideals, practices, and
historical developments of concepts and events in the late 19th/
early 20th century United States; to compare and contrast the
significance of key turning points in the aforementioned time
period, specifically as outlined by the thirteen topics and three
units of the course; and to be able to model the process of
historical inquiry using original sources to be decoded through an
understanding of how practitioners of history diagnose the meaning
of sources and prescribe a story about how things occurred.