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HIST 232 - The United States Since 1865

A continuation of History 231; traces the social, economic, and political development of the United States from 1865 to the present.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks: 15



First year history
OR consent of the Instructor


Non-Course Prerequisites:






Course Content:
- Reconstruction, 1865-1877
- Western Expansion, 1865-1900
- Industrial America, 1870- 1900
- Politics and Government, 1877-1900
- Imperial America, 1890-1917
- Progressivism, 1900-1917
- The United States and World War I
- Toward a Modern America: The U.S in the 1920s
- The Great Depression and the New Deal
- The United States and World War II
- The Cold War
- The Confident Years, 1953-1963
- Shaken to the Roots, 1965-1980
- The Reagan Revolution

- Review


Learning Outcomes:
- To provide students with an introduction to the political, economic, social, and cultural history of the United States.
- To provide students with an introduction to some of the key issues in American historiography and the different historical interpretations of these issues.

- Define Reconstruction and explain how the "New South" developed in terms of race, economy and society
- Describe the growth of industry and immigration
- Explain the "Old West" and describe the subjugation of American Indians
- Describe reforms, politics and government during the "Gilded Age"
- Describe the US involvement in the Great War
- Describe the origins and development of the Great Depression
- Explain the US involvement in the WWII and the Cold War and its consequences
- Explain the protest movements, such as Civil Rights Movement, student protests, and feminism
- Describe the growth of a modern United States

- voice individual opinions regarding historical interpretations in language that respect differing point of views

- Evaluate arguments put forward by historians, weighing the evidence they present and making judgements about the strength of their arguments.
- Demonstrate how knowledge in history establishes a context for the present and aids an understanding of accomplishments, failures, and tensions of the present era.
- Conduct academic research, and present findings in effective academic language.

- Skills in accessing documents and uploading finished assignments using the D2L


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 95


Percentage of Group Work: 5


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.
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