HST 407 The United States Since 1945

HST 407 IS Sec 2, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Wendy Smith, PhD.

Instructor name:
Wendy Smith, PhD.

wdsmith@olemiss.edu

Wendy 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 and the South as well as ancient and early modern history.

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the Email Your Instructor link in the Lessons or Content page. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your course title and number in the subject line.

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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:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. Obtain basic comprehension of the historical narrative by completing all reading assignments in the general textbook, examining 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) 2 proctored exams.

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

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: “Into the Big Muddy”: America in Vietnam

Lesson Assignment

Mid Course Exam

Introduction through Chapter 9

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding. This is a proctored exam.

MIDPOINT OF COURSE

If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your information.
If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the exam has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course.
The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your information.

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 Women’s 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 and completed to finalize credit. This is a proctored exam.

Grading:

GRADING SCALE:
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.

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

You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.