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HIST 202 - Recent United States History

3 Credits: (3 lecture)

Course Description
In this course students will explore the social, cultural, and economic, growth of America and the political history shaped by these changes.  Selected topics including ethnic communities will be emphasized. This course meets the General Education competencies of Critical Thinking (CT) and Values, Ethics, and Diverse Perspectives (VE).

Text
Shi, David and George Tindall. America: The Essential Learning Edition. Vol. 2. 3rd ed. WWNorton, 2022.  

Objectives
The student will be able to: 

A. Identify the basic facts and chronology of recent American history since the Civil War.  

B. Explain American social, cultural, economic and political change since the Civil War. 

C. Assess the history of America’s minority communities, particularly as they relate to our commonality.  

D. Identify the roots and impact of American expansion, and diplomacy since the Civil War. 

E. Evaluate the impact of ethical problems from a variety of historical perspectives. (VE) 

F. Examine the complexity of global human diversity and the various forces that shape it. (VE) 

G. Utilize research strategies, methods, and sources to obtain, organize, and interpret historical data. (CT) 

Content
A. Reconstruction 

B. Immigration since the Civil War 

C. The West 

D. Industrial Growth 

E. Reform Movements 

F. The United States as a World Power 

Student Evaluation
A-F. Class discussions, written assignments, and objective and essay examinations. 

G. A two-part family history project with a departmental rubric. 

Bibliography
Alberts, Robert C.  The Good Provider:  H. J. Heinz and His 57 Varieties.  Houghton Mifflin  

Company, 1973. 

Barone, Michael.  Our Country:  The Shaping of American from Roosevelt to Reagan. Free Press;  Collier Macmillan, 1990. 

Chernow, Ron.  Titan:  The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.  Random House, 1998. 

Chernow, Ron.  The House of Morgan:  An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance. Touchstone Book, 1990. 

Cox, LaWanda.  Lincoln and Black Freedom:  A Study in Presidential Leadership.  University of South Carolina Press, 1981. 

Delany, Sarah and Elizabeth.  Having Our Say.  Kodansha International, 1993. 

Dinnerstein, Leonard.  Antisemitism in America.  Oxford University Press, 1994. 

Evans, Sara M.  Born for Liberty:  A History of Women in America.  Free Press; Collier Macmillan, 1989. 

Freidel, Frank.  Franklin D. Roosevelt:  A Rendezvous with Destiny. Little, Brown and Company,  1990. 

Geisst, Charles R.  Wall Street:  A History. Oxford University Press, 1997. 

George, Henry.  Progress and Poverty. The Modern Library, 1938. 

Hamby, Alonzo.  A Life of Harry S. Truman:  Man of the People.  Oxford University Press, 1995. 

Harris, Thomas E.  Analysis of the Clash Over Issues Between Washington and Dubois. Garland Publishers, (1980) Revised, 1994. 

Hertzberg, Arthur.  The Jews in America.  Simon & Shuster, 1989. 

Kearns, Doris.  Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. Harper and Row Publishers, 1976. 

Ketchum, Richard M.  The Borrowed Years, 1938-1941: America on the Way to War. 1st ed.  Random House, 1989. 

Kissinger, Henry.  Diplomacy.  Simon & Schuster, 1994. 

Maraniss, David.  First in His Class:  A Biography of Bill Clinton. Simon & Schuster, 1995. 

Noonan, Peggy.  What I Saw at the Revolution:  A Political Life in the Reagan Era. 1st ed. Random House, 1990. 

Sachar, Howard M.  A History of the Jews in America.  Knopf, 1992.  

Schell, Jonathan.  Observing the Nixon Years.  Pantheon, 1989. 

Tifft, Susan E. and Alex S. Jones.  The Trust:  The Private and Powerful Family Behind the New York Times.  Little, Brown and Company, 1999. 

Vernon, Amelia Wallace.  African Americans at Mars Bluff.   Louisiana State University Press, 1994.