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HIS 306 The United States Since 1945

 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 course will examine the social, political, and cultural changes in the US from the end of World War II to the present. Themes will include the impact of the Cold War on both foreign and domestic policy, the rise of consumerism, the Civil Rights Movements, and political shifts including both the New Left and the New Right.

Textbook Information:

Required Textbooks:

 Michael V. Namorato

The American Paradox: A History of the United States since 1945
(3rd edition) by Steven M. Gillon
ISBN 9781133309857

Michael V. Namorato

The Age of McCarthyism
by Ellen W. Schrecker (Bedford/St. Martin)
ISBN 9780312393199

Michael V. Namorato

Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s
by David Howard-Pitney (Bedford/St. Martin)
ISBN 0312395051

Michael V. Namorato

The Rise of Conservatism in America, 1945-2000
by Ronald Story and Bruce Laurie (Bedford/St. Martin)
ISBN 9780312450649

Michael V. Namorato

The American Women's Movement, 1945-2000
by Nancy MacLean (Bedford/St. Martin)
ISBN 9780312448011

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Course Objectives:

1

Obtain basic comprehension of the historical narrative by completing all reading assignments in the general textbook, examing primary sources and watching assigned videos

2

Discover historians' interpretations of defining historical events by completing all supplemental reading assignments

3

Assess historians' perceptions of defining historical events by completing the book related writing assignments

4

Demonstrate mastery of the course material by creating essays focused on specific aspects from this period in United States history

Course Outline:

This course consists of 20 instructional modules (or lessons).

LESSON

Reading Assignments

Due for Grades

Introduction

Welcome, Syllabus, Personal introduction

Syllabus quiz & Discussion Board post

1

Introduction: The American Paradox

& Chapter 1: The Specter of Appeasement

Lesson Assignment

2

Chapter 2: In the Shadow of FDR

& Chapter 3: The Cold War Heats Up

Lesson Assignment

3

The Age of McCarthyism

Book Assignment

4

Chapter 4: The Consumer Society

Lesson Assignment

5

Chapter 5: The Politics of Moderation

Lesson Assignment

6

Chapter 6: American Ideals and Social Realities

Lesson Assignment

7

Chapter 7: The Kennedy Presidency

Lesson

Assignment

8

Chapter 8: Lyndon Johnson, the Great Society and the Unraveling of America

Lesson Assignment

9

Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s

Book Assignment

10

Chapter 9: ìInto the Big Muddyî: America in Vietnam

Lesson Assignment

Mid Course Exam

Introduction through Chapter 9

To be scheduled at a proctor center

11

Chapter 10: Richard Nixon and the New Republican Majority

Lesson Assignment

12

Chapter 11: The Clash of Cultures

Lesson Assignment

13

Chapter 12: The Age of Limits

Lesson Assignment

14

The Rise of Conservatism in America, 1945-2000

Book Assignment

15

Chapter 13: The Reagan Presidency

Lesson Assignment

16

Chapter 14: Culture and Consumerism

Lesson Assignment

17

Chapter 15: The End of the Cold War & Chapter 16: The Clinton Presidency

Lesson Assignment

18

Chapter 17: The Prosperous Nineties

Lesson Assignment

19

The American Womenís Movement, 1945-2000

Book Assignment

20

Chapter 18: The Challenges of the New Century

Lesson Assignment

Final Exam

Chapter 10, Part II through Chapter 18

To be scheduled at a proctor center

Grading:

The University adopted a new grading scale in Fall, 2011. This scale includes the grades A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, and F, in addition to W and I. A web site, http://olemiss.edu/info/grading.html, explains the new grading scale, which will be used in determining final grades.

GRADING INFORMATION:

Categories of Evaluation:

Lesson Assignments 30%

Book Assignments 25%

Midcourse Exam 20%

Final Exam 25%

FAILURE TO PASS THE FINAL EXAM WILL RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE COURSE.

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