History 3480: The
Dr. David Krugler Fall 2009
This course provides the student with a
detailed historical examination of the
Because this is an advanced undergraduate
course, it is expected that each student has taken and completed at least one
course in modern
The course combines lecture with discussion. Each student is expected to participate in regular discussions of the reading assignments from the following texts, all of which are available at the textbook rental center:
LaFeber et al., The American Century: A History of the
· Steven F. Lawson and Charles Payne, Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968
· Mitchell Hall, The Vietnam War
· Nancy A. Walker, ed., Women’s Magazines 1940-1960: Gender Roles and the Popular Press
· Lee Edwards, The Essential Ronald Reagan: A Profile in Courage, Justice, and Wisdom
· Mary Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History, 3rd ed.
Some reading assignments include handouts, which will be distributed in advance, or web-based articles. If you miss class, it is your responsibility to get the handout.
Exams: You will take two hourly tests and a comprehensive final exam. The first hourly test will be on your reading from the text Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968; the second will focus on lecture and discussion content. Study guides will be distributed before the test dates, which are listed below.
Writing: You will write a 10 page research paper on a topic of your choice related to
Discussion: During seven different classes (dates listed below), we will hold an in-depth discussion of shared reading about significant historical problems. Your individual participation in these discussions and completion of discussion activities are mandatory and are worth 25% of your total grade. Discussion guides will be distributed in advance of each discussion, and you must complete the reading by class time. IMPORTANT: Some reading assignments are lengthy, so be sure to set aside sufficient time to complete the reading by the due date. The assignment schedule indicates when you should begin reading for each discussion. In order to ensure that all students are completing the reading assignment, I may occasionally give quizzes before we begin discussion. Discussion activities include the following: class analysis of themes and problems contained in the reading; quizzes; group work; peer review of research papers; and brief, in-class writing assignments.
Attendance: All students must attend class for the full period; roll will be taken at random throughout the semester. Students who are frequently absent will have their grade lowered. If you cannot attend class, please let me know ahead of time. Eligible students who require academic test or lecture accommodations should speak with me. Accommodations will also be made for religious holidays.
1st hourly test @ 15% 2nd hourly test @ 15% Participation @ 25%
Final exam @ 15% Research paper@ 30%
Lecture & Assignment Schedule:
Week 1: Begin reading Walker, Women’s Magazines, 1-19, 34-56, 82-95, 161-66, 215-20.
9/2 Introduction to
Week 2: Finish reading Walker, Women’s Magazines, 1-19, 34-56, 82-95, 161-66, 215-20.
M 9/7 No class—Labor Day
W 9/9 From war to peace. Discussion #1: Women, the war, and work.
Week 3: Begin reading Lawson and Payne, Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 3-42, 99-136
M 9/14 Origins of the Cold War.
Week 4: Finish reading Lawson and Payne, Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 3-42, 99-136
M 9/21 Eisenhower and the Republican ascendancy.
W 9/23 Test 1 and Disc. #2 (both on the federal government’s part in the civil rights movements)
Week 5: Begin reading LaFeber, 362-69; handout
M 9/28 “The Other America”: poverty amidst plenty during the 1950s.
W 9/30 Kennedy, the New Frontier, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Week 6: Finish reading LaFeber, 362-69; handout
M 10/5 The Great Society attempted.
W 10/7 Conservatism during the 1960s. Discussion #3: Rock’n’roll and the emerging youth market.
Week 7: Begin reading Hall, The Vietnam War, 1-56, 88-103
M 10/12 Second exam.
W 10/14 Women’s rights activism; the New Left.
Week 8: Paper thesis and bibliography due. Finish reading
W 10/21 1968: year of reckoning. Discussion #4: Going to war in southeast Asia
Week 9: Begin reading handout
M 10/26 Economic and environmental crises.
W 10/28 The Nixon Presidency and Watergate.
Week 10: Finish reading handout
M 11/2 Detente and the changing Cold War.
W 11/4 The Carter Presidency. Discussion #5: The sexual revolution.
Week 11: Begin reading Edwards, The Essential Ronald Reagan; handout
11/9 Progress report
on research paper due. The
W 11/11 The Reagan Revolution begins.
Week 12: Finish reading Edwards, The Essential Ronald Reagan; handout
W 11/18 Lect.: Social and cultural patterns during the 1980s. Discussion #6: The Reagan Presidency evaluated.
Week 13: No reading
M 11/23 Papers due and in-class peer review.
W 11/25 End of the Cold War.
Week 14: No reading.
M 11/30 The Gulf War, 1990-91.
papers due. Lecture:
Week 15: Read handout
M 12/7 The 2000 election.
12/9 9/11 and the War on Terror. Discussion #7:
FINAL: 3-5 pm, Monday, December 14, 2009 Note: Graduating seniors must take the exam.