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William J Rorabaugh
HSTAA 101
Seattle Campus

Survey of the History of the United States

Supplies the knowledge of American history that any intelligent and educated American citizen should have. Objective is to make the student aware of his or her heritage of the past and more intelligently conscious of the present.

Class description

This one-quarter survey of US history examines some of the most important topics in the development of modern America. Arrangement is chronolgical. Topics include slavery, race, immigration, and the Cold War with a focus on social history but also some politics.

Student learning goals

Have a strong general understanding of US History.

Have a better understanding about historical argument and evidence.

General method of instruction

Four lectures and one less formal meeting per week. Unsectioned.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Assigned reading, discussions. Two midterm exams, final exam. All exams have some essay components. Books: Two-volume text book, Rorabaugh and Critchlow, America's Promise; Frederick Douglass, Narrative; Charlotte Gilman, Yellow Wallpaper.

Each midterm exam 25 percent; final exam 50 percent.


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 William J Rorabaugh
Date: 05/08/2012