West Valley College Spring 2017

UNITED STATES HISTORY
History 17B (3 units)
Sec. 53218 (M/W 10:55-12:20)
Room LA/SS 26

Tim Kelly, Ph.D.
Office Hours:  M/W/Th 2:00-2:45 and by appt.
SS/LA 1E
Ph: (408) 741-2546

WELCOME!!!

Don't know much about American history but tired of endless lectures?  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 lectures, readings, group activities, and non-print media (film, posters, music) 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.

Required Texts

Davidson, et. al. U.S.:  A Narrative History, Vol 2, 7th Edition (ISBN: 9780077780364) referred to as Text in this syllabus.
Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward 2000-1887 (ISBN: 978-0312105914, Ed. by Daniel Borus)
Ellen Schrecker, The Age of McCarthyism (2d edition, 2001) (ISBN978-0312393199)

Additional reading materials are online at Canvas.  It is highly recommended that you print these articles/documents/short passages out.  You are responsible to have each of these readings completed by their assigned day on the syllabus.

General Class Policies

  1. Cell phones and computers must be turned off in the classroom.
  2. Save this syllabus as evidence for transfer to a four-year institution.
  3. Class participation and COMPLETING THE ASSIGNED READING by the beginning of each topic are essential to passing this course.
  4. Late work is marked down 1/3 of a grade for each day that it is handed in late after the end of class when it is due.
  5. Tutoring is available at no charge at Tutorial Services.  It is provided by qualified, trained, students who have been recommended by the faculty.  Contact Tutorial Services in the Library Building or call 741-2038.
  6. Plagiarism/cheating will result in automatic failures and offenders will be referred to the CSSO for disciplinary action.  Familiarize yourself with the campus policy on cheating detailed in the College Catalog under Student Conduct Code, 5.8.19 Policy on Cheating.  (You will find examples of what plagiarism is and how to avoid it at http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/wts/plagiarism.html)
  7. West Valley College makes reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. College materials will be available in alternate formats (Braille, audio, electronic format, or large print) upon request.  Please contact the Disability and Educational Support Program at (408) 741-2010 (voice) or (408) 741-2658 (TTY) for assistance.
  8. Student Learning Outcomes will be assessed through an essay question on either the Midterm or Final asking students to assess how the U.S. has incorporated social and economic reforms in the twentieth century.

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 deadline listed below in "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.  Students who wish to be dropped from the course after the first week are responsible for doing this on their own.  I will not do this for you.  If you stop showing up 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."

Attendance Policy

Per the WVC Catalog (see Rights and Responsibilities), regular attendance is mandatory.  Punctuality is also important; therefore roll will be taken at the beginning of the class.  Students will receive a 1 point reduction from their total grade for each tardy.  More than one absence will constitute a reduction of 2 points for each additional absence.  Students missing more than 5 classes in a row before the final drop date may be dropped unless they notify the instructor.

Web Page

A class web page can be found for History 17B on Canvas.  This page contains the syllabus, lecture outlines, PowerPoint lectures, on-line readings, and Study Guides for the Midterm and Final Exam.  This web page serves as a supplement to the lectures and in-class discussions, not as a substitute.  

Quizzes

Your two quizzes over the semester will be conducted on Canvas rather than in class.  These multiple-choice quizzes cover the lecture, online readings, and textbook readings.  (Click HERE for more instructions, as well as how to log on to Canvas.)

Course Requirements Grading Policy:  Grades are awarded on a Standard Scale:
1.  One 3-4 page paper
2.  Midterm Exam
3.  Final Exam
4.  Two Quizzes
5.  Participation
(300 pts)
(250 pts)
(350 pts)
(50 pts)
(50 pts)
A
B
C
D
F
900 - 1000
800 - 899
700 - 799
600 - 699
599 and below

Dates to Remember
2/12:
2/20:

2/22-2/25:
3/03:
3/08:
Last Day to Drop w/out a "W"
HOLIDAY

QUIZ # 1 Availability online
Last Day to Request Pass/No Pass
MIDTERM
3/27-4/01:
4/12:
4/20-4/23:
4/27:
5/24:
SPRING BREAK
Schrecker Paper Due
QUIZ #2 Availability online
Last day to Drop with a "W"
Final Exam (9:40-11:40 am)

FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE:   Wednesday, May 24, 9:40-11:40 

COURSE OUTLINE

Week 1  

1/30
2/01
Postwar Ideals and Struggles
Catch-up and Discuss Washington and DuBois

Readings:
  Text, Ch 17; Bellamy, pp. 31-70; ONLINE:  Washington, "The Atlanta Exposition Address"; DuBois, "Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others"


Week 2  

2/06
2/08
Winners and Losers Out West
Progress and Conflict in the New Industrial Order

Readings:
  Text, Chs 18, 19; Bellamy, pp. 70-162


Week 3  

2/13
2/15

2/12

The Conflict Between Urban and Rural America
Discussion of Bellamy

LAST DAY TO DROP W/OUT A "W"


Readings:
  Text, Chs 20; Bellamy, pp. 162-196


Week 4  

2/20
2/22
HOLIDAY
Progressivism and the Reform Impulse in America
QUIZ #1 (Text Chs 17-22, Online Readings, and lectures) available between Wednesday, 2/22 and Saturday, 2/25 (DUE by 11:59 pm.).

Readings:  Text, Ch 21; 22 


Week 5   

2/27
3/01
3/03
Expansion and Imperialism:  The Rise of an American Empire
The Roaring Twenties
Last Day to Request P/NP from Admissions and Records

Readings:
  Text, Ch 23, 24 


Week 6  

3/06
3/08
America in the Great Depression
MIDTERM

Readings:
  Text, Chs 25  


Week 7  

3/13
3/15
America and the Second World War
Cold War Containment

Readings:
  Text, Chs, 26, 27; ONLINE:  "Truman's Decision to Drop the Bomb"; "A Survivor's Account of the Hiroshima Blast"; Kennan's "Long Telegram"


Week 8  

3/20
3/22
Catch-up and Start Discussion of Schrecker
A Cold War Home Front

Readings:
  Schrecker, pp. 1-170


SPRING BREAK 3/27 - 4/01


Week 9  

4/03
4/05
Finish Discussion of Schrecker
"A Date With the Family":  Postwar Prosperity in America

Readings:
   Text, Ch 28; Schrecker, pp. 229-243; 262-274

 


Week 10  

4/10
4/12
The Era of Reform:  New Frontiers and Great Societies
The Civil Rights Movement

SCHRECKER PAPER DUE (4/12)

Readings:
  Text, Ch 29; ONLINE:  "Up From the Potato Fields"; Friedan, "The Problem That Has No Name"


Week 11  

4/17
4/19
Coming Apart at Home:  America in the Vietnam Era
Catch-up 
QUIZ #2 (Text Chs 26-30, Online Readings, and lectures) available between Wednesday, 4/20 and Saturday, 4/23 (DUE by 11:55 pm.)


Readings:
  Text, Ch 30;  ONLINE:  King and Malcolm X Readings; "The Port Huron Statement"; "Peasant Experiences in the Vietnam War"; "The My Lai Massacre";


Week 12 

4/24
4/26

4/27

The Paranoid Style of American Conspiracy History
The Reagan Revolution:  The Ascendance of Conservatism

LAST DAY TO DROP w/a "W"


Readings:
  
Text, Ch 31; ONLINE:   "The Kennedy Assassination" (skim this web page); Hofstadter, "The Paranoid Style in American Politics"; "40th President Rode Boundless Optimism" (news article)


Week 13   

5/01
5/03
Race and Ethnicity in Modern America

Readings:
     ONLINE:  Schlesinger, Jr., Disuniting of America; Cooper and Goldin, "Some People Don't Count"; Yen, "Whites No Longer a Majority in U.S. by 2043"


Week 14  

5/08
5/10
The Endurance of Conservatism:  The Clinton and Bush Years

Readings:
   Text, Ch 32; ONLINE:   John Richardson, "The Real Cause of the Crash of 2008"


Week 15  
 

5/15
5/17
America and the World

Readings:
  ONLINE:  President Bush's Address to Congress after 9/11;  Bacevich, Boot, Ignatieff, and O'Hanlon, "Was the Iraq War Worth It?"

FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE:   Wednesday, May 24, 9:40-11:40