|West Valley College||
|Tim Kelly, Ph.D.
Office Hours: By appointment on campus
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
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 (make sure you have the SECOND EDITION!). More details about the paper can be found HERE. This paper is due by 11:59 pm (PST) on the due date listed below.
Every week will feature two threaded discussions. Click on the Discussions icon on the Angel page (under the Lessons Tab) and 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. It is important to participate on a regular basis in each of these discussions (which will be the basis of your participation grade in the course).
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.
Course Requirements Grading Policy: Grades are awarded on a Standard Scale:
|1. One 3-4 page paper
2. Midterm Exam
3. Final examination
4. Chapter Quizzes
5. List-Serve Participation
|900 - 1000
800 - 899
700 - 799
600 - 699
599 and below
Dates to Remember
|Last Day to Drop w/out a
Last Day to request P/NP from A&R
Quizzes for Chs. 17-25 Due
Last Day to Drop w/ a "W"
Schrecker Paper Due
Quizzes for Chs. 26-32 Due
How to Read the Lectures
For more information about this online course format, go to http://instruct.westvalley.edu/kelly/.
WEEKS I and II (January 3 - 14)
- Introduction: What is History?
- Race and Segregation in Post-Civil War America
- How the West Was Won (and Lost)
- Progress and Conflict in the New Industrial Order
- Coming to America: The New Immigration, 1880-1924
Readings: Text (Davidson, et. al.), Chs. 17, 18, 19, 20
- The Conflict Between Urban and Rural America
- Progressivism and the Reform Impulse in America
- Expansion and Imperialism: The Rise of an American Empire
- The Roaring Twenties
- The Great Depression
- A New Deal for America
Readings: Text, Chs.21, 22, 23, 24, 25
QUIZZES: Chapters 17-25 due on Canvas by January 14 at 11:59 pm.
MIDTERM: January 12-14 (availability ends SATURDAY, 1/14 at 11:59 pm)
DISCUSSIONS: Racism in
American Foreign Policy (1/03-1/14)
Tax Cuts and Government Regulation (1/03-1/14)
FDR's New Deal (1/03-1/14)
WEEKS III and IV (January 15 - 27)
- America and the Second World War
- Cold War Containment
- A Cold War Home Front
- "A Date with the Family": Postwar Prosperity in America
- The Era of Reform: New Frontiers and Great Societies
Readings: Text, Chs.26, 27; 28; AND Schrecker, pp. 1-133, 262-274
"The Problem That Has No Name" - Still a Problem? (1/15-1/21)
` Kennan's "Long Telegram" (1/15-1/21)
1960s Youth Rebellion (1/15-1/21)
- The Civil Rights Movement
- The Tragedy of Vietnam
- Coming Apart at Home: America's Youth Rebellion
- The Paranoid Style of American Conspiracy History
- The Age of Disillusionment: America in the Seventies
Readings: Text, Chs. 29, 30
DISCUSSION: King vs. Malcolm X (1/21-1/26 - THURSDAY)
The Reagan Revolution: The Ascendance of Conservatism
- Race and Ethnicity in Modern America
- Conservatism Resurgent: The Clinton and Bush Years
- America and the World
Readings: Text, Chs. 31, 32
PAPER: Schrecker Paper Due SATURDAY, January 21 by 11:59 pm.
QUIZZES: Chapters 26-32 due no later than Wednesday, January 25 on Canvas by at 11:59 pm.
DISCUSSION: Reagan: How Should We Remember Him? (1/22-1/26 - THURSDAY)
FINAL EXAM: JANUARY 25 (Wed.) - 27 (Fri.) (Availability ends 1/27 at 11:59 pm)
This course officially ends on 1/26, but I'm willing to extend the Final Exam to Friday the 27th.