History | H106 4466 American History II 11:30-12:20 D BH006 Pohl
H106 | 4466 | Pohl

Since the end of the Civil War, people living in the United States have
experienced populist revolt and progressive reform, religious
fundamentalism and scientific innovation, immigration and internal
migration, urbanization and suburbanization, economic Depression and world
wars, mass consumerism and mass media, civil rights and civil wrongs.
Through lectures, readings, music, films, and class discussion, this
course examines important events, people, and social conditions in the
post-Civil War United States. We will explore the changing meanings of
democracy and nationhood and the changing relations in and among families
and communities in an attempt to understand what the history of the United
States can explain about the state of the nation and people's lives and
values today.

The readings will consist of a paperback textbook, a 1906 novel, an
African American Woman's autobiography, and a historical monograph. There
will be three exams, announced quizzes on the readings, and a first and
second draft of a paper drawing on class readings, lectures, and primary
documents discussed in class. The aim of this course is to teach the "nuts
and bolts" of the history of the post-Civil War United States as well as
historical and critical thinking. We will focus on understanding
historical change, interpreting historical events, and evaluating how
others interpret history and remember the past. The class will work toward
developing skills of reading, writing, and oral articulation that can be
applied outside of class.