|West Valley College||
|Tim Kelly, Ph.D.
Office Hours: M/W/Th 2:00-2:45 and by appt.
Don't know much about American history but fed up with the conventional ways of learning it? Well then you've come to the right place. Who says history has to be boring? You will embark on a fascinating exploration of the making of modern American society. Through multi-media web lectures, readings, e-mail discussions, music, posters, and film clips, this course will investigate the post-Civil War years of American history by examining a wide variety of topics, including racial and ethnic politics, popular culture, reform movements, and diplomatic history.
History 17B is a survey of the political, economic, social and cultural development of the Unites States from Reconstruction to the present. Topics covered include Reconstruction, Native American culture and western settlement, Industrialization, the Progressive Era, World War I, the Twenties, the New Deal, and World War II. Also covered are domestic, social, and foreign policy issues of the post-World War II period from the 1950s through the 1990s, including reform movements, Vietnam, the Civil Rights and other ethnic movements, the Feminist Movement, popular culture, and post-Cold War foreign policy.
You will also have additional reading materials (documents and web pages) that are online.
General Course Policies
Pass/No Pass Option and Dropping
Students wishing to take this class with the Pass/No Pass grade option must fill out the required form with Admissions and Records (click HERE for the form) no later than the due date specified below (see Dates to Remember). Faculty no longer play a role in whether students request Pass/No Pass. See the WVC Catalog under "Academic Regulations and Standards" for more information about this option.
In addition, students who wish to be dropped from the course are responsible for doing this on their own. I will not do this for you. If you stop logging on to Canvas but your name is on my roster at the end of the semester, you will receive an "F" in the class with no opportunities to change this to a "W." Once you log on to Canvas you will be counted as attending the class and so will not be dropped as a first day No Show.
Quizzes and Exams
You are required to take 16 quizzes (the two lowest scores being dropped and added back into your total as Extra Credit), a midterm, and a final. ALL QUIZZES AND EXAMS ARE CONDUCTED ONLINE. You will have 15 minutes to complete 10 questions (once you begin the quiz, you must complete it within 15 minutes by 11:59 pm of the due date). You MAY NOT make-up a missed quiz.
Your Midterm and Final exams will be essay format and will be explained in Study Guides posted on the lecture web page.
Quiz questions will be drawn from the assigned textbook for the week. Questions for the Midterm and Final exams will be drawn from both the lectures and the readings. Once you take the quiz, the system will give you an immediate score; however, you can only fully review your quiz for the correct answers once the quiz period is complete (i.e., at the end of the week).
IF A PROBLEM OCCURS: Students are encouraged not to wait until the last day to take a quiz (which will be available for the entire week). If a problem occurs with the system or your computer (and let's face it - such problems DO occur from time to time), contact me ASAP. I will help you solve the problem. If, however, you wait until the final day (or worse, the final hours) and a problem arises, I cannot guarantee that I will be able to help you before the deadline (you take that risk upon yourself by waiting so long to take the quiz).
Your two lowest scored quizzes (which includes a missed quiz scored as zero) that are dropped will be added back into your total score as Extra Credit. The incentive here is to take ALL of the quizzes (not just the 14 required) and do the best you can on them all.
You will write and submit one 3-4 page paper on Ellen Schrecker's book The Age of McCarthyism. More details about the paper can be found by clicking on the Paper Topic link on the Lectures page.
Every one to two weeks a threaded discussion will be posted. Click on the Discussions icon in the navigation bar, read the topic statement, and then post your comments. You may respond to the instructor's statement or any other comment made by other students. You must participate in each of these discussions in order to receive credit for your participation. More instructions are posted on Canvas.
Course Requirements Grading Policy: Grades are awarded on a Standard Scale:
|1. One 3-4 page paper
2. Midterm Exam
3. Final examination
4. Fourteen Quizzes
5. List-Serve Participation
|1000 - 900
899 - 800
799 - 700
699 - 600
599 and below
Dates to Remember
March 4 - 10:
|Last Day to Drop w/out a "W"
Last Day to Request P/NP Option
May 19 - 23:
Schrecker Paper Due
Last day to Drop with a "W"
Final Exam Availability
How to Read the Lectures
For more information about this online course format, go to http://instruct.westvalley.edu/kelly/.
Discussions and quizzes are due at the end of each week (unless otherwise noted).
Week 1 (Jan 29 - Feb 3)
Introduction: What is
Race and Segregation in Post-Civil War America
Readings: Text, Chs. 17, 18 (pp. 352-357), 21 (pp. 429-430); Online: Wells-Barnet, "A Red Record"; Washington, "The Atlanta Exposition Address"; DuBois, "Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others"
- Canvas Quiz Ch 17 Begins (closes Saturday of Week 2 at 11:59 pm)
- Canvas Discussion: Washington vs. DuBois (closes Saturday of Week 2 at 11:59 pm)
Week 2 (Feb 4 - 10)
How the West Was Won (and
Progress and Conflict in the New Industrial Order
Readings: Text, Chs. 18 (pp. 357-end), 19
- Canvas Quizzes Chs 17, 18, and 19 (all three close Saturday at 11:59 pm)
- Canvas Discussion: Individualism (closes Saturday at 11:59 pm )
Week 3 (Feb 11 - 17)
Coming to America: The New Immigration,
The Conflict Between Urban and Rural America
Readings: Text, Chs. 20, 21; Online: Sinclair, "Living and Dying in Packingtown, Chicago"
- Canvas Quizzes Chs 20 and 21 (close Saturday at 11:59 pm )
- Canvas Discussion: Sinclair's The Jungle (closes Saturday at 11:59 pm)
|2/11||LAST DAY TO DROP W/OUT A "W"|
Week 4 (Feb 18 - 24)
Progressivism and the Reform
Impulse in America
Expansion and Imperialism: The Rise of an American Empire
Readings: Text, Chs. 21 (review pp. 435-445), 22, 23
- Canvas Quizzes Chs 22 and 23 (closes Saturday at 11:59 pm)
- CanvasDiscussion: American Foreign Policy (closes Saturday at 11:59 pm)
Week 5 (Feb 25 - March 3)
The Roaring Twenties
The Great Depression
Readings: Text, Chs. 24, 25; Online: Steinbeck, "The Grapes of Wrath"
- Canvas Quizzes Chs. 24 and 25 (close Saturday at 11:59 pm)
- Canvas Discussion: Tax Cuts and Government Regulation (closes Saturday at 11:59 pm)
|3/02||LAST DAY TO REQUEST "PASS/NO PASS" OPTION FROM ADMISSION AND RECORDS (Friday)|
Week 6 (March 4 - 10)
A New Deal for America
MIDTERM (includes Week 6 Lecture AND reading)
Readings: Online: Brinkley, "The New Deal and the Idea of the State" (pp. 85-112)
- Canvas Midterm (closes Saturday at 11:59 pm)
- NO DISCUSSION ASSIGNED
Week 7 (March 11 - 17)
America and the Second World
The Good War: WWII and American Society
Readings: Text, Ch 26; Online: "African Americans and WWII: A Fifth Column?"
- Canvas Quiz Ch 26 (closes Saturday at 11:59 pm)
- NO DISCUSSION ASSIGNED
Week 8 (March 18 - 24)
America, the Holocaust, and
the Atomic Bomb: A Racial Perspective
Cold War Containment
Readings: Text, Ch. 27; Online: "Truman's Decision to Drop the Bomb"; "A Survivor's Account of the Hiroshima Blast"; "Hiroshima: Was It Necessary?"; Kennan, "The Long Telegram"
- Canvas Quiz Ch 27 (closes Saturday at 11:59 pm)
- Canvas Discussion: Kennan's "Long Telegram" (closes Saturday at 11:59 pm)
SPRING BREAK 3/26 - 3/31
Week 9 (Apr 1 - 7)
A Cold War Home Front
Readings: Schrecker, pp. 1-133, pp. 262-270; Online: McCarthy, "Communists in Government Service"
- NO DISCUSSION OR QUIZ ASSIGNED
SCHRECKER PAPER DUE - SATURDAY, APRIL 7
Week 10 (Apr 8 - 14)
"A Date with the
Family": Postwar Prosperity in America
War of the Generations: Rock 'n' Roll in the 1950s and Adult Opposition To It
Readings: Text, Ch 28 Online: Coontz, "'Leave it to Beaver' and 'Ozzie and Harriet': American Families in the 1950s"; "Up From the Potato Fields"; Friedan, "The Problem That Has No Name"
- Canvas Quiz Ch 28 (closes Saturday at 11:59 pm)
- Canvas Discussion: 1950s Family: How Traditional Was It? (closes Saturday at 11:59 pm)
Week 11 (Apr 15 - 21)
The Era of Reform: New
Frontiers and Great Societies
The Civil Rights Movement
Readings: Text, Ch. 29; Online: King and Malcolm X Readings
- Canvas Quiz Ch 29 (closes Saturday at 11:59 pm)
- Canvas Discussion: King vs. Malcolm X (closes Saturday at 11:59 pm)
Week 12 (Apr 22 - 28)
The Tragedy of Vietnam
Coming Apart at Home: America's Youth Rebellion
Readings: Text, Ch. 30; Online: "Peasant Experiences in the Vietnam War"; "The My Lai Massacre"; "The Port Huron Statement"
- Canvas Quiz Ch 30 (closes Saturday at 11:59 pm)
- NO DISCUSSION ASSIGNED
|4/26||LAST DAY TO DROP w/a "W"|
Week 13 (Apr 29 - May 5)
The Paranoid Style of American Conspiracy History
The Age of Disillusionment: America in the Seventies
Readings: Text, Ch. 31; Online: Hofstatder, The Paranoid Style of American Politics; and skim through the info on the following web site: The Kennedy Assassination <http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/home.htm>
- Canvas Quiz Ch 31 (closes Saturday at 11:59 pm)
- NO DISCUSSION ASSIGNED
Week 14 (May 6 - 12)
The Reagan Revolution: The Ascendance of Conservatism
Race and Ethnicity in Modern America
Readings: Online: "40th President Rode Boundless Optimism"; Cooper and Goldin, "Some People Don't Count"; Obama's 3/18/08 Speech on Race in America; Yen, "Whites No Longer a Majority in U.S. by 2043";
- NO QUIZ ASSIGNED
- Canvas Discussion: Race in America - Part II: Charlottesville Riot (closes Saturday at 11:59 pm)
Week 15 (May 13 - 19)
Resurgent: The Clinton and Bush Years
America and the World
Readings: Text, Ch. 32; Online: John Richardson, "The Real Cause of the Crash of 2008"; President Bush's Address to Congress after 9/11; Bacevich, Boot, Ignatieff, and O'Hanlon, "Was the Iraq War Worth It?"
- Canvas Quiz Ch 32 (closes Saturday at 11:59 pm)
- Canvas Discussion: Post 9-11 Foreign Policy (closes Saturday at 11:59 pm)