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									Syllabus for A801 HIST157 - United States History Since 1865
Instructor: John James, Ph.D.
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Course Description:

A survey of economic, intellectual, political, and social developments since the
Civil War. The rise of industry and the emergence of the United States as a world
 power are emphasized. Students may receive credit for only one of the
following courses: HIST 157 or HUMN 120.

Course Introduction:

This course takes us from the era of Reconstruction when a re-United States
endeavored to pick up the pieces after its cataclysmic civil war, on through the
latter 19th century, by the end of which America had become the world's
preeminent industrial power, and then to the 20th century's world wars and
America's Rise to Globalism, as the title of a book by the historian Stephen
Ambrose has it, and then still further, to the present...essentially to today's
headlines. "Today" is quite interesting – a meltdown in the global financial system
last year and a major recession still dragging on in its wake; one foreign war
apparently winding down, another apparently heating up; a still-new
administration in Washington trying to get its footing. The inscription over the
entrance to the National Archives building in Washington, D.C. reads, "The Past
is Prologue". We'll study about 150 years of the American past and maybe out of
that, we'll get some idea how we

America came out of the world wars, and especially the second, united and
confident. Out of the Vietnam War, divided and unsure, with wounds still not
completely healed. America's robust capitalist economy grew most of the time
but there were downs, in the 1870s, the 1890s, the great depression, the Big
One, in the 1930s. That one is now the reference point for our current economic
swoon, as in "[fill in the blank] might be worse than the Great Depression."
America came out of that with a radically changed relationship between
government and society. The current economic crisis may bring further change.
During our period of interest, American society moved, often slowly and
grudgingly, from "white mainly" to the greater openness and diversity we enjoy

All in all, a very interesting story. An overview of the course's progression, as
follows, might be helpful:

 ● Reconstruction – an incomplete fulfillment of the promise of the Civil War

 ● Full-tilt industrialization. What place for farmers, workers, minorities?
 ● The imperialist impulse – America flexes its muscles abroad

 ● 'Progressive reform' – coming to grips with the new urban-industrial society.

 ● Capitalism's crisis – the New Deal and the struggle over its legacy.

 ● World Wars, Cold War and their impacts – economic, political, social,
   ideological - at home and abroad

 ● The 21st century – what role for America in a complex world of menace and

Course Goals/Objectives:
After completing this course, you should recognize the value of studying history
for personal (micro), social (macro), and intellectual uses. You should have a
sound working knowledge of early United States history and its relevance to
other historical topics and to other disciplines. In addition, after completing this
course, you will be able to:

      recognize the need for multiple perspectives in culture and heritage in the
       study of United States history and the various cultures and groups that
       have contributed to the current United States
      identify the special role of diversity in the United States experience in the
       past, present, and future
      appreciate new insights and the applicability of those insights to solve
       current and future problems, both on personal and societal levels
      analyze and think critically about what you read and clearly express your
       views about what you have learned with regard to problems the United
       States has confronted and the likelihood of the recurrences of those or
       similar problems
      describe the evolution of U.S. political theories and political institutions
       and the effects of diverse cultures and societies on those theories and
      explain the ramifications of various conflicts and contradictions, both
       intellectually and practically, in the U.S. experience, such as the theory of
       equality in the face of unequal outcomes, the capability to improve the
       human condition and a sometimes deep-seated cynicism and introversion
      recognize the roles of foreign policy and of foreign powers on the
       development of the United States and the effects of the United States on
       other nations and cultures
      demonstrate a working knowledge of the inherent conflict between
       competing political and sociopsychological traditions, one espousing
       small-town collectivism and the other yeoman individuality

Course Materials:
George Brown Tindall & David E. Shi, America: A Narrative History (7th ed.),
Vol.2, paperback '07.
Stephen B. Oates & Charles J. Errico, Portrait of America (9th ed.), Vol. 2
paperback '07.

Textbooks can be ordered online at the Asia DE Web site, Books ordered from any other source will
be at the students own risk. UMUC Asia DE cannot be responsible for
problems encountered when textbooks are ordered from sources outside of
the Asia DE Web site.

Weekly lectures provided by me and posted as Main Topics in Conferences.

Grading Information:

Grading is based on the following items: a written homework assignment in each
week after the first; a term paper of moderate length; and the proctored exam.
Details of these requirements are discussed under Project Descriptions.

Grading policy is as follows: (I am distributing the grade weights so as to try to
avoid an "all or nothing" situation.)
Weekly discussion questions/quizzes: 20 pts per assignment X 9 + 180 points.
Final grade weight = 45%
Term paper: 100 points. Final grade weight = 30%
Proctored examination: 100 points. Final grade weight = 25%

Here's how it works (might be a bit complicated; stay with me here): suppose you
do absolutely brilliant work and get 100% on everything. Then:

Weekly: 180 X .45 = 81

Paper: 100 X .30 = 30

Exam: 100 X .25 = 25

TOTAL GRADE POINTS = 136 (=maximum no. of weighted grade points
possible = A++)

Now suppose your results are:

Weekly: 172 X .45 = 77.4

Paper:    82 X .30 = 24.6

Exam:    84 X .25 = 21
TOTAL GRADE POINTS = 123. Then, 123/136 = 90.4% = a grade of 'A' for the
course. You did A work on the weekly assignments (172/180 = 96%), and,
because the weekly component is weighted heavier than the other two, you
pulled an 'A' in the course even though your work on the other two was middling
B. So of course the point is, a good effort week by week can pay off. BUT, this is
NOT an invitation to slough off on the other two components!!!

And, a word of caution: I will mark down for late work. With a large class and a
tight schedule, we have to stay on schedule. One point off for the weekly
assignments for each of the first three days late, two letter grades down after that.

 And what will be my contribution to this course, you ask? First of all, generous
and I hope, helpful feedback on your written work. Secondly, as noted in the
Course Materials section above, I will give you a "virtual lecture" each week,
posted to the classroom. Not so much a summary of the weekly reading
assignment as an effort to highlight, clarify, amplify, key points and I hope, to
communicate the delight of studying history. There are summaries of the course
material in a series of Modules in the Course Content section of the WT
classroom. They are good and useful, but a bit, you know, anonymous. The
virtual lectures (Oh boy!), just as if I was talking at you in a live
classroom (Don't fall asleep!). They are my "take" on things, but of course each
lecture is closely keyed to the weekly assignment that it complements, with
frequent page references in fact. Our main text is a "narrative" history. It tells the
story and tells it very well, but it can be a bit dense with detail, causing you to
possibly lose sight of the forest for the trees, or, wandering and wondering in the
forest, maybe miss the really big trees. I hope the "virtual lectures" will help
guide you through.

Project Descriptions:

As with all courses in history, this is a reading and writing course. The reading
component of course involves careful and thoughtful reading of the weekly
assignments from the texts and weekly lectures indicated just above. Read for
the facts, yes, but read mainly for patterns, cause-and-effect relationships,
decisive turning points and so on. And read for the pleasure of it. History is way

The writing component involves doing a homework assignment in each week
after the first, completing the proctored examination, as discussed below, and
writing a term paper of moderate length. Look for a (relatively) brief writing
assignment (a couple of short essay answers) to develop and test your analytical
abilities or a quiz to test your reading comprehension (some names and dates,
yes) each week, assigned at the beginning of the week for completion by the
As for the term paper, this is the item of course work that you control. You
choose a topic, you research it, shape it into doable form and write it up. Fun!!
Really. The paper must be a solid academic exercise of between 5 – 8 pages,
exclusive of endnotes, illustrations, etc., or longer if desired (no more than 3
volumes tho!!), with references noted to direct quotes and items of fact. Use a
style manual to determine margin sizes, noting conventions, etc. Quotes are
definitely good if they advance and/or illustrate the discussion, but not simply as
filler. I want to read you. Use a font size equivalent to the one you're looking at
here. The term paper is due no later than the beginning of the 10th week, prior
to taking the proctored examination. I will be happy to read and comment on
preliminary drafts any time before that.

And, the word of the day when it comes to choosing a topic is: FOCUS. There is
a definite tendency to select a topic that is too broad to do justice to in anything
like the feasible term paper length. So, identify an area of interest, then FOCUS.
Thanks. We'll be talking back and forth about topic selection soon in the
Workbook section of our WebTycho classroom.

Proctored Exams (see additional information below)
For this history course, expect the proctored exam to be a combination of short
and long essays, with the short essays focused on a specific issue or event and
the longer essays calling for broader analysis. Long essay example: "What was
'new' about the New Deal. Compare and contrast the New Deal with its
predecessor administrations, focusing on attitudes about the role of
government and new directions in policy."

The examination will be comprehensive, covering the entire course. I will give
you a comprehensive review in the 9th week and a list of review questions, some
of which will appear on the exam itself. I know there is a time limit when taking
the proctored exam so I will not 'overload' you with questions. While the weekly
assignments are open book/notes; the proctored exam is of course closed book,
whether you take the exam online or on paper.


TERM LENGTH IS 10 WEEKS (January 25 – April 4, 2010).
PROCTORED EXAM WEEK IS WEEK 10 (Mar. 29 – April 3).

   Week        Session           Readings, Assignments, and Due Dates
1   January 25 Welcome! Introduce yourself please and tell everyone
    – 31       one interesting fact (or factoid) about American history
               (in any period).

                 READINGS: Tindall & Shi, Chapter 18: Reconstruction:
                 a promise deferred; Chapter 19: A continental
                 economy: the south struggles; "taming" the west.
                 Oates & Errico, Chapt. 1: Free at last!; Chapt. 3: Last
                 stand on the high plains.

2   February 1   READINGS: Tindall & Shi, Chapter 20: A national
    –7           market and...Big Business!; Chapter 21: And the
                 country turns urban.
                  Oates & Errico, Chapt 5: Carnegie, an industrial titan;
                 Chapter 8: And a critic – Ida Tarbell.
                 Feb. 3 – Last day to withdraw for 75% tuition refund
3   February 8 - READINGS: Tindall & Shi, Chapter 22: Politics in the
    14           doldrums and hard times in the breadbasket – "raise
                 less corn and more hell!"; Chapter 23: Prosperity and
                 global ambitions – the "new imperialism" and its critics.
                 Oates & Errico, Chapt.9: Quelling the Philippines.
                 Feb. 11 – Last day to withdraw for 50% tuition
4   February 15 READINGS: Tindall & Shi, Chapter 24: A ferment of
    – 21        reform; Chapter 25: And war, the death of reform.
                Oates & Errico, Chapt.10: TR the Progressive; Chapt.
                11: African Americans on the move.
5   February 22 READINGS: Tindall & Shi, Chapters 26 & 27:The
    - 28        turbulent Twenties – America goes off in two directions.
                Oates & Errico, Chapt. 14: Ford and the new
6   March 1 - 7 READINGS:
                Tindall and Shi: Chapter 28: Depression & New Deal -
                recovery, sort of; Chapter 29: Road to war
                 Oates & Errico, Chapt. 16: Hoover & gloom; Chapt. 17:
                FDR – "Nothing to fear....".
     7      March 8 –     READINGS: Tindall and Shi, Chapter 30: WW II: global
            14            war and global predominance; Chapter 31:
                          Containment abroad, consumption at home.
                          Oates & Errico, Chapt.20: The Bomb and its critics;
                          Chapt. 22: "Give 'em hell Harry"

     8      March 15 – READINGS: Tindall and Shi, Chapter 32: Culture and
            21         counterculture clash; Chapter 33: The Eisenhower
                       years – Cold War, and Brown v. Board of Education.
                       Oates & Errico, Chapt. 26: The Feminine Mystique
                       Reserve your Proctored Exam
     9      March 22 -    READINGS: Tindall & Shi, Chapters 34 & 35: A New
            28            Frontier? Activism abroad and at home and its
                          sometimes bitter legacy.
                          Oates & Errico, Chapt. 24: LBJ and Vietnam; Chapt.
                          25: No more back of the bus.
                          Reserve your Proctored Exam
                          Last date to officially withdraw – Mar. 26
                          Term paper due, by Friday, March 26
    10      March 29 – Readings: Tindal & Shi, Chapters 36 & 37: Stumbling
            April 4    toward the present. Where are we now anyway?
                       Oates & Errico, Chapt. 31: Bill Gates & Microsoft
                       Proctored examination week.
                       Absolute, final, no exceptions by golly deadline for
                       term paper: March 30.

**** The following is not part of the above academic syllabus ****

    UMUC Asia DE Administrative Policies,
         Procedures and Practices

Ordering Course Materials:

Textbooks can be ordered online at the Asia DE Web site, Books ordered from any other source will be at the
student’s own risk. UMUC Asia cannot be responsible for problems encountered when
textbooks are ordered from sources outside of the Asia DE Web site.
Proctored Exams:
Asia DE 10 week courses require all students to take a proctored exam at the end of the
term. Students that do not take the proctored exam will receive an "Fn" for the course.
Asia based students are responsible for scheduling their proctored exam appointment
(reservation) through the Asia DE online Proctored Exam Reservation System, or with
their own UMUC Asia approved alternate proctor during the two weeks prior to
Proctored Exam Week. All Europe based students must continue to make appointments
through their local UMUC Europe Field Rep Office.

Computer-Based Proctored Exams are also available, but only for students testing at
designated UMUC Computer Labs (ask your local UMUC Asia Field Rep or Computer
Lab Monitor if their location is participating), and only during the scheduled Proctored
Exam Week. All other students must take paper exams.

Important reminder: Sometimes exams (particularly paper exams) take time to arrive in
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when Proctored Exam week arrives, the faculty member will create a special "Proctored
Exam Reporting" conference where you should report when, where and how you took the
exam (paper or electronic version). If you do not report that you have taken the exam, and
your exam has not arrived by the end of the term, the faculty member will give you the
grade of Fn for the course.

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Registration Dates: 23 Nov 2009 ~ 25 Jan 2010
Session Dates: 25 Jan 2010 ~ 04 Apr 2010
   1  JAN 25 ~ JAN 31 Normal Course Instruction Begins
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   9  MAR 22 ~ MAR 28 MAR 26 Last Date to Officially Withdraw;
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  10 MAR 29 ~ APR 4 Proctored Exam Week
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