Mary A Henderson
Emergence of modern America, after the Civil War; interrelationships of economic, social, political, and intellectual developments.
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: 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to college-level history; a preliminary understanding of the basics of historical research, the critical analysis of historical documents, and the fundamentals of historical writing.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