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Mary A Henderson
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

This course covers the history of the United States from the end of Reconstruction to the present. Of particular focus will be the evolution of the government and economy and the social effect of these changes on people's lives. The course will focus not only on the actions of the state and politicians, but also the actions of ordinary people and their social movements.

Student learning goals

Students will gain an understanding of how governments, markets, and individuals and groups have functioned as agents of historical change.

We will also evaluate historiography, that is the history of how historical events have been portrayed over time, and the impact stories of the past have had on the present.

Students will strengthen their critical reading and writing skills through in-class cooperative work and and discussion and individual writing assignments.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites

Recommended: Previous exposure to college-level history; a preliminary understanding of the basics of historical research, the critical analysis of historical documents, and the fundamentals of historical writing.

Class assignments and grading


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 Mary A Henderson
Date: 01/26/2012