HST 131 US History since 1877

HST 131 IS Sec 3, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Wendy Smith, PhD.

Instructor name:
Wendy Smith, PhD.

wdsmith@olemiss.edu

Dr. Smith received her PhD in 2012 and specializes in 20th century US history.  She teaches a variety of courses including: both US history survey courses, Women's history, US history from 1877 to 1917, US history from 1914 to 1945, Mississippi history, the South in the 20th century and the history of Southern Women. Because of her background in Classical Studies, she also teaches HST 120, the History of Europe to 1648.

Contact Information:

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Course Description

This 12-lesson independent study course is a chronological and thematic survey of the history of the United States since 1877. Students will be introduced to the important political, cultural, and social developments of the nation. Topics will include the Gilded Age of America, the Populist and Progressive movements, World War I, the 1920s, the Great Depression, the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, the consensus of the 1950s, the reaction of the 1960s, the economic struggles of the 1970s, the Korean and Vietnam wars, the rise of conservatism, domestic terrorism, the war in Afghanistan and the current divisions within the nation. Each lesson includes a reading assignment, two Inquizitive assignments, a primary source exercise, a review quiz, and a discussion board post.

Textbook Information:

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

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. To gain a command of important specific phenomena – names, dates, people, and events – in American history.
  2. To develop an awareness of the broader trends, themes, and patterns in which those phenomena occurred.
  3. To build an appreciation of inter-relationship of social, political, economic, and cultural phenomena.
  4. To understand why specific phenomena and broader patterns matter, both historically and in our daily lives.
  5. To cultivate the ability to put oneself and society in a broader historical, social, and cultural perspective.
  6. To improve the capacity for precise and articulate communication.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 12 instructional modules (or lessons). Please note that the suggested Pacing Guide to complete the course in a traditional semester is written for Fall and Spring. Full summer students need to make adjustments due to the significantly shorter time period involved.

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

Suggested Pacing Guide to complete the course in a traditional semester. *Summer session students will need to make adjustments due to the shorter time period*

Start Here

*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.*NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz

Week 1

0

Introduction

Discussion board
Inquizitive tutorials

Week 1

1

Chapter 16: America's Gilded Age, 1870-1890

ebook chapter, 2 Inquizitive assignments, Primary Source exercise, review quiz, Discussion Board post

Week 1

 

 

2

Chapter 17: Freedom's Boundaries, at Home and Abroad, 1890-1900

ebook chapter, 2 Inquizitive assignments, Primary Source exercise, review quiz, Discussion Board post

Week 2

3

Chapter 18: The Progressive Era, 1900-1916

ebook chapter, 2 Inquizitive assignments, Primary Source exercise, review quiz, Discussion Board post

Week 3

4

Chapter 19: Safe for Democracy: The United States and World War I, 1916-1920

ebook chapter, 2 Inquizitive assignments, Primary Source exercise, review quiz, Discussion Board post

Week 4

5

Chapter 20: From Business Culture to Great Depression, The Twenties, 1920-1932

ebook chapter, 2 Inquizitive assignments, Primary Source exercise, review quiz, Discussion Board post

Week 5

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 lesson 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.

6

Chapter 21: The New Deal, 1932-1940

ebook chapter, 2 Inquizitive assignments, Primary Source exercise, review quiz, Discussion Board post

Week 6

Exam #1

Course Exam 1 covers chapters 1-7.  All assignments from each of the first 7 chapters must be completed before taking the exam.

The exam consists of 2 parts: part 1 is an essay; part 2 contains a variety of question types: multiple-choice and true false.

 Week 6

7

Chapter 22: Fighting for the Four Freedoms: World War II, 1941-1945

ebook chapter, 2 Inquizitive assignments, Primary Source exercise, review quiz, Discussion Board post

Week 7

8

Chapter 23: The United States and the Cold War, 1945-1953
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Chapter 24: An Affluent Society, 1953-1960

2 ebook chapters, 2 Inquizitive assignments, 2 Primary Source exercises, 2 review quizzes, Discussion Board post

Week 8

9

Chapter 25: The Sixties, 1960-1968

ebook chapter, 2 Inquizitive assignments, Primary Source exercise, review quiz, Discussion Board post

Week 9

10

Chapter 26: the Conservative Turn, 1969-1988

ebook chapter, 2 Inquizitive assignments, Primary Source exercise, review quiz, Discussion Board post

Week 10

11

Chapter 27: From Triumph to Tragedy, 1989-2004

ebook chapter, 2 Inquizitive assignments, Primary Source exercise, review quiz, Discussion Board post

Week 11

12

Chapter 28: A Divided Nation

ebook chapter, 2 Inquizitive assignments, Primary Source exercise, review quiz, Discussion Board post

Week 12

Final Exam

The final exam essay will compare the modern period to the Gilded Age of chapter 16.  Part 2 of the exam covers chapters 22-28 (ensure all work is completed prior to taking this exam)

To be completed
to finalize credit

Finals Week

Grading:

GRADING SCALE:
94-100 A
90-93 A-
87-89 B+
84-86 B
80-83 B-
77-79 C+
74-76 C
70-73 C-
60-69 D
59 & below F

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.