History 121

United States since Reconstruction • Fall 2018

Police confront beachgoers about their skimpy swimsuits, Chicago, 1922

Lecture Schedule and Due Dates

Below you'll find an outline of our semester.

We will be reading two books, a textbook, and several selections on iLearn. I've listed suggested reading goals for each week to help you pace yourself, so do plan accordingly. The exams and Source Reflections are listed in bold. Scheduled films will be viewed in class. You can find further information about the exams, reflections, and grading here.

If you prefer a PDF copy of the syllabus, you can access it here. But please note that the details are subject to change. You're advised to bookmark this page and check it frequently for updates.


Schedule

Week 1 –– Making Modern America

  • Aug 27: Introductions: Why Even Study History?
  • Aug 29: The Terrible Seventies
    • American Yawp, chap. 16 (Capital and Labor)
    • Opelousas, Louisiana Black Code

Week 2 –– Nationalism and the West

  • Sep 3: NO CLASS; LABOR DAY
  • Sep 5: Manifest Destiny and the Indian Wars
  • American Yawp, chap. 17 (Conquering the West)
  • Kate Bighead, "Testimony on Little Big Horn"

Week 3 –– Gilded Age

  • Sep 10: Land of Speed and Desire
  • Sep 12: Era of Upheaval
    • American Yawp, chap. 18 (Life in Industrial America)
    • August Spies on the Eight-Hour Movement
    • Henry George, Progress and Poverty(selections, Yawp)

Week 4 –– Democracy and Its Limits

  • Sep 17: Reconstruction, Southern Redemption, and Jim Crow
  • Sep 19: Strategies of Black Uplift
    • American Yawp, chap. 15 (Reconstruction)
    • Ida B. Wells, "Lynch Law in America" (Yawp)
    • Booker T. Washington, "Atlanta Compromise" (Yawp)
    • W.E.B. DuBois, "Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others" (Yawp)

Week 5 –– Age of Reform

  • Sep 24: New Imperialism
  • Sep 26: New Immigrants and Progressivism
    • American Yawp, chap. 19, 20 (American Empire; Progressive Era)

Week 6 –– War and Turmoil

  • Oct 1: World War I
  • Oct 3: 1919
    • American Yawp, chap. 21 (World War I)
    • The Sedition Act of 1918 (Yawp)

Week 7 –– Boom Times and Hard Times

  • Oct 8: The Roaring 20s
  • Oct 10: The Great Depression and the New Deal
    • American Yawp, chap. 22, 23 (The New Era; The Great Depression)
    • Warren Harding and the "Return to Normalcy" (Yawp)

Week 8 –– MIDTERM

  • Oct 15: Midterm Review
  • Oct 17: MIDTERM

Week 9 –– The "Good War"

  • Oct 22: World War II Mobilization
  • Oct 24: Race Relations in Wartime
    • American Yawp, chap. 24 (World War II)
    • Dear Sisters (begin)

Week 10 –– Facing the Post-War World

  • Oct 29: Atomic Society
  • Oct 31: Containment and the Cold War
    • American Yawp, chap. 25 (Cold War)
    • Dear Sisters (continue)

Week 11 –– Fifties Frontier

  • Nov 5: Suburbs and the New "American Dream"
  • Nov 7: Rock, Rebels, and Radicals
    • American Yawp, chap. 26 (Affluent Society)
    • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “We Should All Be Feminists”
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    • Dear Sisters (finish)

Week 12 –– The Coming of the Sixties

  • Nov 12: NO CLASS; VETERANS DAY
  • Nov 14: Origins of the Civil Rights Movement
    • American Yawp, chap. 27 (Sixties)
    • "The Southern Manifesto" (Yawp)
    • Between the World and Me (begin)

Week 13 –– THANKSGIVING BREAK; NO CLASS Nov 19 - Nov 23

Week 14 –– Radical Sixties

  • Nov 26: The Sixties in Culture and Resistance
  • Nov 28: Vietnam, LBJ's War
    • American Yawp, chap. 28 (Unraveling)
    • Between the World and Me (continue)

Week 15 –– The Rising Tide of Conservatism

  • Dec 3: Nixon and the End of Modern Liberalism
  • Dec 5: Reagan Revolution and the 80s
    • American Yawp, chap. 29 (Triumph of the Right)
    • Between the World and Me (finish)

Week 16 –– The End of the "American Century"

  • Dec 10: War on Terror
  • Dec 12: The Obama Years
    • American Yawp, chap. 30 (The Recent Past)
    • Moustafa Bayoumi, “How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?” (iLearn)

Week 17 –– Conclusions

  • Dec 17: Final Exam Review

FINAL EXAM: WEDNESDAY, DEC 17, 10:30a - 12:45p, HSS 362

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