1430: History of the
Dr. David F. Krugler Fall 2009
This course examines the major forces, events, and people which have made American history since the 1870s. The course has four primary goals:
To provide each student with a basic knowledge of
2. To show how historical events such as the Great Depression and World War II have had differing effects on Americans, and to be flexible in choosing the “major forces, events, and people” we study.
3. To demonstrate why history is not an exact or objective science, but rather is a discipline dependent on interpretation, revision, and argument.
4. To regularly consider the ways in which contemporary Americans—not just historians—use history to understand their own lives and the world in which they live.
History 1430 is a General Education course. Accordingly, it is designed and taught to meet the competency standard as defined in the Undergraduate Catalog: “The purpose of the study of history is to challenge students to understand and assess our past, in order to form a clearer perception of the present and to deal more effectively with public issues.” Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will be able to “demonstrate knowledge of the past; explore the multitude of circumstances and events that have helped to shape historical judgments, actions, and visions; [and] interpret the sources of historical change in a variety of contexts” (Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011, p. 30).
Material is presented topically and chronologically. Students must complete weekly reading and discussion assignments, outlined in detail below. Additional assignments include two hourly exams, a five page paper, and a two hour final exam. Eligible students who require academic test or lecture accommodations should speak with me. Accommodations will also be made for religious holidays.
Course meeting times and locations:
History 143 has two separate meeting places:
· On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-11:52 am, all students attend lecture in the Thomas Lundeen Lecture Hall (Room 103, Doudna Hall).
· Each student must also be enrolled in one of the following discussion sections: B1, meeting on Tuesdays, 12-12:52 in Doudna 212; B2, Thursdays, 10-10:52 in Boebel 225; B3, Thursdays, 12-12:52 in Doudna 212.
Books: The following texts are required; all are available at the textbook rental center.
James Henretta et al.,
· James Marten, Childhood and Child Welfare in the Progressive Era
Victoria Bissell Brown and Timothy J. Shannon, Going to the Source: The
· Samuel T. McSeveney, Selected Historical Documents to Accompany America’s History vol. 2: Since 1865
· Edward H. Judge and John W. Langdon, The Cold War: A History through Documents
Some reading assignments come from web sites or handouts, which will be distributed in advance of the discussion class. It is each student’s responsibility to get the handout if class is missed. If possible, links to the handouts will be placed online.
Your grade is based on exams, a paper, and discussion section assignments.
Exams: You will take two hourly tests and a final exam. Each exam will be in an essay format; a study guide will be provided in advance (see below for exam dates).
Writing: You will write one paper of five pages. A detailed explanation of the topic and the assignment will be distributed well in advance of the due date. The paper is due on Thursday, October 29. **Please know that late papers will not be accepted.**
Discussion Sections: Discussions of the weekly reading assignments are held either on Tuesdays or Thursdays. The reading assignment must be completed by the date and time of your discussion section. Your individual participation is mandatory, and you cannot make up work from skipped classes. Participation includes oral contribution to class discussion, quizzes, group work, homework, and in-class writing assignments. To help you prepare, I will distribute an assignment guide in advance of your discussion section.
Attendance: The undergraduate catalog states that students should attend classes regularly and that faculty are expected to record attendance in their classes. Accordingly, roll will be taken in both lecture and discussion. Repeated failure to attend class will result in a lower course grade. Except in case of emergencies, makeup tests will not be given without prior approval.
Grade Parts: 2 Tests @ 75 points = 150 points
1 Final = 75 points
1 Paper = 75 points
Disc. assignments = 100 points
Total = 400 possible points
Grade Scale: Your grade will be based on the number of total points you earn during the semester. Grades are based on a percentage scale that sets an A at 90% or more of the total possible points; B at 80 to 89%; C at 70 to 79%; D at 60 to 69%; F at 0 to 59%. The following scale tells you how many points must be earned to receive the grade indicated:
A: 360 – 400 points D: 240 – 279 points
B: 320 – 359 points F: below 240 points
C: 280 – 319 points
Lecture, reading, and assignment schedule. Please note: readings are subject to changes, which will be placed on the weekly assignment guide. When this syllabus and the guide differ, follow the guide.
Week 1: No reading
Tu 9/1 Introduction to the course
Th 9/3 State of the nation in the 1870s
Discussion: Understanding and using primary sources
Discussion: The 1894
Week 3: Read Going to the Source, 73-93
Tu 9/15 Late 19th century politics
Discussion: One immigrant’s life: memory vs. history
Tu 9/22 Expansion abroad
Discussion: American Indians and the challenges of assimilation
Week 5: Read Going to the Source, 115-23
Tu 9/29 Progressivism, cont.; outbreak of World War I
Discussion: Army screening of recruits
Tu 10/6 US and World War I
Th 10/8 A quest for “normalcy” after the war
Discussion: Progressivism and child welfare; paper assignment
Discussion: Causes and onset of the Depression
Week 8: Read America: A Concise History, 745-51; Selected Historical Documents, 283-91; handout
Tu 10/20 Combating the Depression
Th 10/29 Fighting in
Week 10: Read
Tu 11/3 Victory and postwar changes
Th 11/5 The early Cold War
Discussion: Origins of the Cold War
Week 11: Read
Tu 11/10 Eisenhower Republicanism and the New Look
Discussion: 1950s society and culture
Tu 11/17 The Great Society and its critics
Discussion: The 1960 election
Tu 11/24 TEST 2
Week 14: Read Going to the Source, 249-71
Th 12/3 Watergate and its aftermath
Discussion: Letters home from
Th 12/10 End of the Cold War
Discussion: Activism in the 1970s
FINAL EXAM: Monday, December 14, 5-7 pm. Please note: graduating seniors must take the exam.