Introduction to American History

The Course
Course Readings
Course Assignments
Grading
Attendance Policy
Course Supplements
Course Schedule

HIS 223: Introduction to American History, 1492-1877

HIS 223: Introduction to American History, 1877-Present

History 225: 1877 to the Present

Course Schedule

Schedule: The following tentative schedule should be used as a guide for the completion of assignments and readings. The page numbers of required readings are listed by the last names of the authors. Assigned readings should be completed by the class date listed in the left column.


INTRODUCTION

Jan. 16
Introduction


THE GILDED AGE
1877-1900

Jan. 18
Industrialization and the Emergence of Modern America, 1865-1916

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:887-897, 929-965

Jan. 23
Americans Respond to Industrialization

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:898-928, 965-988

Jan. 25
The Rise and Fall of the Third American Party System; Populism and the Problems of Farmers' in an Industrializing Society

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:837-886, 989-1030

Jan. 30
Expansionism, the New Manifest Destiny, and Imperialism; the Spanish-American War of 1898

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:1031-1071
  • Last Day to Secure Approval for Family History Topic


THE PROGRESSIVE ERA AND WORLD WAR I
1900-20

Feb. 1
Progressivism, Reform, and the Presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wilson

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:1072-1084, 1084-1116

Feb. 6
Woodrow Wilson and the Origins of World War I

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:1117-1135

Feb. 8
World War I and the Treaty of Versailles

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:1135-1162

YEARS OF PROSPERITY AND DEPRESSION
1921-39

Feb. 13
The Twenties: Prohibition, Politics, and Prosperity

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:1163-1216, 1286-1294

Feb. 15
Exam 1

Feb. 20
The Origins of the Great Depression

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:1217-1231, 1288-1289

Feb. 22
Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:1232-1285

WORLD WAR II AND ITS IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH
1939-60

Feb. 27
The Origins of World War II

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:1295-1320
  • Family History Paper Due-February 27

Mar. 1
World War II and American Society

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:1324-1336

Mar 6
World War II: Military Campaigns

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:1321-1324, 1336-1360

Mar. 8
The Yalta Conference, the Atomic Bomb, and the Origins of the Cold War

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:1360-1374
  • Stoff et al., The Manhattan Project, all pages

Mar. 13
No Class-Spring Break

Mar. 15
No Class-Spring Break

Mar. 20
The Cold War and the Korean War, 1945-53

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:1375-1422, 1467-1471

Mar. 22
The Affluent Society, 1945-60

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:1423-1500

Mar. 27
Exam 2

Mar. 29
The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement, 1940s-50s

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:1492-1497

CONTEMPORARY AMERICA
1961-93

Apr. 3
Kennedy and Nixon: The Rivalry that Shaped Postwar America

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:1501-1522
  • Matthews, Kennedy and Nixon, 3-249

Apr. 5
Lyndon Johnson, the Great Society, and the Making of Liberal America

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:1522-1530

Apr. 10
Kennedy and Johnson and Civil Rights; American Culture in the 1960s

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:1509-1515, 1531-1535, 1549-1570
  • Critical Questions: Manhattan Project Paper Due-April 10

Apr. 12
The Vietnam War to 1968

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:1474-1479, 1519-1520, 1535-1548

Apr. 17
The Vietnam War, 1968-75

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:1570-1577

Apr. 19
The Age of Limits: America in the 1970s

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:1577-1604
  • Matthews, Kennedy and Nixon, 250-345

Apr. 24
Ronald Reagan and Conservative America in the 1980s

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:1605-1615, 1624-1629, 1629-1634
  • Quiz on Matthews, Kennedy and Nixon-April 24

Apr. 26
A New World Order? The End of the Cold War and the Foreign Policy Ronald Reagan and George Bush

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:1616-1624, 1629, 1634-1643

May 1
America in the Nineties

  • Tindall & Shi, America: A Narrative History, 2:1643-1690

FINAL EXAM

May 8
Exam 3
will be given on Tuesday, May 8, at 9:00-11:00.


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