Exams: Exams will
be composed of objective and essay questions. Three exams will
be given during the course of the semester. Each of these exams
will cover about one-third of the course material and each will
count for 25 percent of the student's final grade. The first two exams have been tentatively scheduled for February 15 and March 27. The third exam will be given during the final exam period. The third exam will be given during the final exam period on Tuesday, May 8, at 9:00-11:00.
Each student will write a brief history on some aspect of their
own family's history since 1877. Topics
for the family history must be approved by the professor on or
before January 30. A list of several topics
chosen by students in previous classes can be found at the end
of the syllabus. In the event that students are unable to find
a suitable topic for a family history paper, they may elect (with
the professor's permission) to do a longer, more conventional
While there is no maximum or minimum required length for the papers,
most students will need 8-10 pages to cover their subjects adequately.
Students should be advised to write a paper which is long enough
to cover their topics adequately but short enough to prevent their
theses and arguments from being obscured by irrelevant details.
Students will be graded on content and style.
The family history paper
is due by the beginning of class on February 27.
The family history paper will count for 10 percent of the student's
final grade. The professor will provide additional instructions
about writing and researching the family history paper.
Family History Topics:
The following are some of the titles of Family History Papers
completed by students in previous sections of American History
- "Germans Against Germans: The Effect of World War II on a
- "The Life of An Immigrant: The Economic Promise of America
and the Migration of My Family from Canada"
- "The Adjustment Problems of a Swedish-American Family"
Women in America
- "My Father, the Vietnam War Draft Resister"
- "The Home Front: The Effect of World War II on Civilians
as Seen in the Experience of the Hughes Family"
- "My Father's Experience in the Battle of the Bulge"
- "The Life of a G.I. in World War II: Perspectives From My
- "How Military Service in the Vietnam War Changed My Father's
- "My Great-Grandmother in the Woman Suffrage Movement of the
Early Twentieth Century"
- "The Changing Role of Women in Twentieth-Century America:
Perspectives from my Grandmother's Life"
- "How World War II Changed the Lives of Women: My Grandmother's
Economics and Community
- "Philip Travis and the Cuban Missile Crisis: My Father's
- "'My Father, the Hippie': The American Counterculture of
the 1960s and the Life of Daniel M. Sheets"
- "My Father's Experience in the Detroit Race Riot of 1967"
- "The March on Washington Movement of 1963, as Remembered
by the Groves Family"
- "White Terrorism: The Experience of the Mississippi Freedom
Riders as Related by Joe Cook"
Critical Questions Exercise:
To help students ask better questions about American history, each student will participate in a Critical Questions Exercise. Students will complete an 8-10 page written assignment which will encourage them to ask better questions about American history. This assignment will be based on Stoff et al., The Manhattan Project, and will be made later in the course. The Critical Questions Exercise will be due on April 10 and will count for 10 percent of the students' semester grade.
- "The Great Depression of 1929-39 and its Effect on My Family"
- "The Economic Impact of the Closing of the Studebaker Car
Plant on South Bend, Indiana: One Family's Experience"
- "The Rise of the Environmental Protection Agency and Its
Effect on My Family's Business"
- "Coal Miners in the Early Twentieth Century: The Lives of
William and James Oates"
- "The Struggle for Unionization Among Coal Miners in Harlan
County, Kentucky, and the Boyd Family"
- "Prohibition-Era Bootlegging and Its Effect on the Growth
of Organized Crime: My Family's Experience"
- "The Decline of the Family Farm in the 1980s and its Effect
on the Overton Family"
- "The Rise and Fall of the American Steel Industry: A Chronicle
of the Economic Fortunes of the Brubaker Family, 1919-83"
- "The Development of Public Education in Sullivan County,
Indiana, as Seen Through the Eyes of Carl M. Disher"
- "The Growth of an American Suburb: Lake Forest,
Quiz: A short quiz
will be given to monitor students' reading and understanding of
the book Kennedy and Nixon, by
Christopher Matthews. The quiz has been tentatively scheduled for April 24 and will count for 5 percent of the student's final grade.
Students will be allowed to make up missed assignments only with
the consent of the professor. Ordinarily, the professor will accept
make-up assignments only in cases of unavoidable student absences,
such as those caused by illness or by a death in the immediate
family. Students may be required to document the causes of their
absences before the make-up work will be accepted by the professor.
Other Departmental Courses in American History and Civilization:
| AMS 250 | HIS 223 | HIS 225 | HIS 227 | HIS 306 |
| HIS 308 | HIS 310 | HIS 312 | HIS 314 | HIS 318 | HIS 325 |
| HIS 338 | HIS 426 | HIS 430 | HIS 432 | HIS 470 | HIS 475 |
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Dr. Harold D. Tallant, Department of History, Georgetown College
400 East College Street, Georgetown, KY 40324, (502) 863-8075