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Joseph Wycoff
HSTAA 303
Seattle Campus

Modern American Civilization From 1877

Emergence of modern America, after the Civil War; interrelationships of economic, social, political, and intellectual developments.

Class description

The class will explore American history since 1877 through an examination of the everyday life and culture of Americans. The course will focus on the institutions, media, and activities that Americans came into contact with on a daily or regular basis.

Emphasis will be placed on concrete developments and enduring preoccupations such as fashion, corporations, and youth culture in the economic sphere; sexuality, egalitarianism, and mass media in social life; segregation, civil liberty, and internationalism in political discourses; and racism, liberalism, and evangelism in American thought since 1877.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The class will integrate lecture and discussions Mondays through Fridays. One day per week will be dedicated to reviewing and discussing primary sources from radio, cinema, television, and game-playing in America since 1877.

Recommended preparation

There are no requirements. Students will work with a variety of primary sources, so prior work in college-level history courses will be helpful.

Class assignments and grading

Students will write two 4 to 7 page papers. There will also be a mid-term and a final examination.

Grades will be determined by quality of written work and participation in discussions.


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 Joseph Wycoff
Date: 03/29/2006