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Chad J Moody
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 class eschews a thematic or deterministic approach to the study of U.S. history in favor of a more dynamic and variegated method that examines important historical outcomes from a variety of angles. This class will empahsize the role that ideas and civic debates have played in shaping the United States since the end of the Civil War, but will also examine key social, cultural and economic trends. Along the way, students will have the opportunity to explore the experiences and contributions of some fascinating figures--such as Randolph Bourne, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jackie Robinson and Phyllis Schlafly--who are not commonly placed at the center of the study of American history.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Required Texts: Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segrgated South; Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968; The Conscience of a Conservative; Dispatches; and a Course Reading Packet

Recommended preparation

Due to the work with primary sources, some previous exposure to college-level history is recommended.

Class assignments and grading

Students will compose two medium-length essays (4-7 pages) and will be expected to contribute to weekly discussions.

Final grades for HSTAA 303 will be determined as follows: Two essays 40% (20% each) Midterm exam 20% Final exam 20% Participation in discussion 20%


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 Chad J Moody
Date: 02/16/2006