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HIS 106 US History since 1877 v.2

 University of Mississippi
Department of History
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Michael V. Namorato

Instructor: Wendy Smith, PhD.

wdsmith@olemiss.edu

Dr. Smith earned a MA degree in Classics in 2002 and a PhD in history in 2012. She earned both degrees from the University of Mississippi. She has taught undergraduate courses for the university for a number of years. Her research and teaching interests focus on 20th century US history with an emphasis on Labor, Women, Cold War and the South.

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Course Description

This 15-lesson Independent Study course is a chronological and thematic survey of the history of the United States since 1877. Students will be introduced to important political, cultural, and soical developments. Topics will include the development of US foreign policy and the changing role of the federal government at it relates to the national economy and soical and economic equality.

Textbook Information:

HIS 105 TEXTBOOK

Making America: A History of the United States, Vol. II; Since 1865, Seventh Edition - with the printed access card for MindTap history

Carol Berkin, Christopher L. Miller, Robert W. Cherny, James L. Gormly

Students can purchase a hard copy of the book with an access card or they can purchase the access card alone, which includes the digital textbook.

Hardcopy with card ISBN 9781305601109

Access Card alone ISBN 9781305394803

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Course Objectives:

  • relate the general narrative of United States history from 1877 to the present

  • analyze primary sources to determine what these documents or images reveal about the time in which they were created

  • identify important people and events

  • communicate understanding of these events in written form

Course Outline:

This course consists of 15 instructional modules (or lessons).

LESSON
Reading Assignments
Due for Grades

1

Introduction and tutorials

3 tutorial exercises & reading quiz

2

Chapter 16: The Nation Industrializes

2 Critical Thinking exercises (CT) & chapter quiz

3

Chapter 17: Life in the Gilded Age

Chapter quiz, 1 CT & 3 Primary Source activities (PS)

4

Chapter 18: Politics and Foreign Relations in a Rapidly Changing Nation

Chapter quiz, 1 CT & 1 PS

 

Writing Assignment

Multiparagraph essay

5

Chapter 19: The Progressive Era

Chapter quiz & 2 CTs

6

Chapter 20: The United States in a World War

Chapter quiz, 1 CT & 1 PS

7

Chapter 21: Prosperity Decade

Chapter quiz, 2 CTs & 2 PSs

8

Chapter 22: The Great Depression and the New Deal

Chapter quiz & 1 CT

Mid Course Exam

Lessons 1-8; Chapters 16-22

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

9

Chapter 23: America's Rise to World Leadership

Chapter quiz, 1 CT & 1 PS

10

Chapter 24: Truman and Cold War America

Chapter quiz, 2 CTs & 1 PS

11

Chapter 25: Quest for Consensus

Chapter quiz, 1 CT & 1 PS

 

Writing Assignment

Multiparagraph essay

12

Chapter 26: Great Promises, Bitter Disappointments

Chapter quiz & 2 CTs

13

Chapter 27: America Under Stress

Chapter quiz,1 CT & 2 PSs

14

Chapter 28: New Economic and Political Alignments

Chapter quiz & 1 CT

15

Chapter 29: Entering a New Century

Chapter quiz, 1 CT & 1 PS

Final Exam

Lessons 9-15; Chapters 23-29

To be scheduled

and completed

to finalize credit

     

Grading:

Scale

A

94-100

B+

87-89

C+

77-79

D+

67-69

A-

90-93

B

82-86

C

73-76

D

60-66

B-

80-82

C-

70-72

F

59 & below

 

Grading Information
Categories of Evaluation:
Each student's final course-grade shall be comprised of:

  • Chapter Quizzes (15 total) = 15%
  • Critical Thinking exercises (23 total) 15%
  • Primary Source activities (14 total) 20%
  • 2 Exams (mid-course and final) 35%
  • Essays (2 total) 15%

TOTAL = 100%

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