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Camille L Walsh
BIS 267
Bothell Campus

United States History from 1865

Examines key events and problems in U.S. history from the Civil War to the recent past. Focuses on the practice of "doing history" by applying historical thinking skills to a wide rage of primary documents.

Class description

The history of the U.S. from the Civil War to the present has had a profound impact on the development of the modern world. In this class, we will examine the demands of various groups for citizenship and rights, the emergence of consumer culture, and the battle over different conceptions of freedom during the approximately 150 years since the Civil War. Through music, art, photographs, and primary source documents, students will engage with the past in order to understand the present. Some key events covered in source materials include the struggle of labor in the Gilded Age, the contentious debates over science and justice in the Progressive Era, and the experience of segregation in the Jim Crow South and the civil rights revolution. We will examine certain major themes in the field through primary source documents in order to allow full participation in the practice of “doing history.? These themes include the tension that grew during the 20th century between corporate power and community agency and activism; struggles over citizenship and exclusion; and the shift of the US from a production to a consumption identity.

Student learning goals

Critically analyze primary historical documents and formulate arguments that position them within the major discussions in the field

Understand how to locate, situate and interpret information about U.S. history, politics and culture from various sources

Understand key problems and points of debate in U.S. history and effectively communicate these ideas in both verbal and written form

Synthesize multiple pieces of historical information about U.S. politics and culture into a broad analysis

Work with other students to develop strategies, understand important debates and generate active participation in the simulation module

General method of instruction

Discussion, examination of primary source material, debate

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites necessary

Class assignments and grading

Essay based exams, analysis papers, participation and discussion

Engagement with texts, quality of analysis, and preparation for discussion and dialogue


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Camille L Walsh
Date: 11/06/2013