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History 1302 U.S. History 1877 - 2009 Lamar University, Fall 2009 Instructor: Dr. Michael E. Dobe, Sr.

. Meetings: Mon-Wed, 1:15-2:40 Primary Location: Archer 206 Office Hours: Mon-Wed 11:00 12:00 (Room 101A, Carl Parker Building) Office Phone: (409) 880-8489 E-Mail: michael.dobe@lamar.edu Twitter Feed: http://twitter.com/professordobe Blackboard Help Line: (409) 880-7849 If you have difficulties with Blackboard, please do not hesitate to call the Blackboard Help Line. It is available 24X7. Required Textbook and Supplemental Readings Available from the University Bookstore: Brier, Stephen, et al. Who Built America?: Working People and the Nation's History. Vol II (Since 1877). 3rd Edition. Boston, New York: Bedford/St. Martins, 2008. Story, R. and B. Laurie. The Rise of Conservatism in America, 1945-2000. Boston, New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2008.

Course Overview: This course is designed to provide you with an overview of United States history from Reconstruction to the present. Taking an active and collaborative approach to learning US History, textbook readings and classroom lectures will be amplified through weekly blog discussions. Weekly quizes will help you prepare for exams throughout the semester. Our blog discussions will begin with selections from classic historical texts available from Project Gutenberg, Bartelby.com, and The University of Virginia's Xroads Project. Later in the semester we will discuss the source materials in the hard copy collection The Rise of Conservatism in America, 1945-2000. Throughout the semester we will use materials from YouTube and the CSPAN Digital Archive. Using these platforms, we will watch and discuss select portions of documentaries, classic films and C-SPAN historical programs to further our understanding of this period in American history. Weekly quizes and blog assignments will be posted to the course Blackboard site, with reminders posted to Professor Dobe's Twitter Feed (http://twitter.com/professordobe).

Learning Objectives:
1. Demonstrate an Understanding of Diversity in the American Experience (Theme 1) 2. Demonstrate an Understanding of Industrialization and De-Industrialization in American 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

History (Theme 2) Demonstrate an Understanding of Expansion and Imperialism (Theme 3) Demonstrate an Understanding of Modernity and Its Discontents in America (Theme 4) Improve Communication Skills Develop an Understanding of Historical Process Prepare for Upper Division Courses in History Department Develop An Appreciation for the Relevance on Historical Understanding to Present and Future

Thematically and chronologically, the class is divided into three parts:


Monopoly and Upheaval, 1877-1914 War, Depression, and Industrial Unionism, 1914-1946 Cold War America and After, 1946-2009

During the semester, I will offer a social and cultural interpretation of American history, one which attempts to integrate the stories of average people into the grand narrative of national politics. Through this historical lens, we will examine the role of race, gender and class in the formation of the modern American nation. Grading and Assignments: Your Grade for the course will be based on the following:

Weekly Blogs 30% (Online) Weekly Quizes 30% (Online) Exam #1 10% Exam #2 10% Final Exam 20% (Online Component 10% and Face-to-Face Component 10%)

About the Weekly Blog: Week 1-9 blog postings in Blackboard are worth 2 points on your final grade. Blogs for weeks 11, 12, 13, and 14 are worth 3 points each. Instructions for the blog topic are available each week in your weekly folder in Blackboard. Blog topics are made available for posting at the end of the Monday class session. To get the blog points, you need to make your posting by noon the following Wednesday (at which time the blog will close for posting). You also need to be in class on Wednesday to claim your points during our in-class discussion. Two extra credit blogs are also available later in the semester, worth 2 points each.

About the Weekly Quiz: Weekly quizes in Blackboard are worth 2 points on your final grade. Quizes are made available in Blackboard at end of our Wednesday class session. You must be complete the weekly quiz before the following Monday session. Access to the weekly quiz is shut off at noon before Monday class. Between Wednesday after class and the following Monday at Noon, you can take the quiz two times. If you get more 5 or more correct out of 10 (high score), you will get 2 points on your final grade. If you get fewer than 5 of 10 correct, you will get 1 point on your final grade. You must be in class on Monday when we discuss the quiz in order to get your quiz point(s). Grading Scale . A: 90-100 B: 80-89 C: 70-79 D: 60-79 F: 0-59 Course Calendar:

Week 1: Progress and Poverty: Industrial Capitalism in the Gilded Age, 1877-1893
Textbook Reading Assignment: WBA 26-75 8/24: Class Introduction and Blackboard Course Site Introduction (http://luonline.blackboard.com) Week 1 Blog Instructions - Tweeting and Blogging History 8/26: Lecture, Discussion of Writing Assignment, and Quiz #1 Last day for late registration/schedule revisions with fee

Week 2: Community and Conflict: Working People Respond to Industrial Capitalism, 1877-1893
Textbook Reading Assignment: WBA, 76-123 8/31: Quiz #1 Review & Lecture Week 2 Blog Instructions - America in the Year 2000: Edward Bellamy's Utopian Vision 9/3: Lecture, Discussion of Writing Assignment (Blog #2), and Assignment of Quiz #2

Week 3: From Depression to Expansion; Industrial Capitalism Triumphs at Home and Abroad, 1893-1900
Textbook Reading Assignment: WBA, 124-179 9/7: Quiz #2 Review & Lecture Week 3 Blog Instructions - Frederick Jackson Taylor's Role of the Frontier in American History 9/9: Lecture, Discussion of Writing Assignment (Blog #3), and Assignment of Quiz #3 12th class day; Classes dropped for non-payment after 5 p.m.

Week 4: Change and Continuity in Daily Life, 1900-1914


Textbook Reading Assignment: WBA, 180-221 9/14: Quiz #3 Review, Lecture and Assignment of Quiz #4 Week 4 Blog Instructions - The Souls of Black Folk: W. E. B. DuBois and the Color Line in Industrializing America 9/16: Lecture, Discussion of Writing Assignment (Blog #4), and Discussion of Quiz #4

Week 5: Radicals and Reformers in the Progressive Era, 1900-1914


Textbook Reading Assignment: WBA, 222-273 9/21: Exam #1 (Chapters 1-4) 20th class day; Final day Fall classes dropped for non-payment after 5 p.m. Week 5 Blog Instructions - Industrial Efficiency in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle 9/23: Return of Grades for Exam # 1, Lecture, Discussion of Writing Assignment (Blog #5), and Assignment of Quiz #5

Week 6: Wars for Democracy, 1914-1920


Textbook Reading Assignment: WBA, 278-333 9/28: Lecture & Discussion of Quiz #5 Last day to drop or withdraw without academic penalty; Last day to petition for No Grade Week 6 Blog Instructions - D. W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation: The Romance of Redemption 9/30: Lecture, Discussion of Writing Assignment (Blog #6), and Assignment of Quiz #6

Week 7: A New Era, 1920-1929


Textbook Reading Assignment: WBA, 334-389 10/5: Lecture & Discussion of Quiz #6 Week 7 Blog Instructions - Harlem Renaissance 10/7: Lecture, Discussion of Writing Assignment (Blog #7), and Assignment of Quiz #7

Week 8: The Great Depression and the First New Deal, 1929-1935
Textbook Reading Assignment: WBA, 390-443 10/12: Lecture & Discussion of Quiz #7 Week 8 Blog Instructions - Lives of Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt 10/14: Lecture, Discussion of Writing Assignment (Blog #8), and Assignment of Quiz #8

Week 9: Labor Democratizes America, 1935-1939


Textbook Reading Assignment: WBA, 444-495 10/19: Lecture & Discussion of Quiz #8 and Assignment of Quiz #9 Week 9 Blog Instructions - Historians Reflect on the Great Depression and the New Deal 10/21: Lecture, Discussion of Writing Assignment (Blog #9), and Discussion of Quiz #9

Week 10: A Nation Transformed: The United States in World War II, 1939-1946
Textbook Reading Assignment: WBA, 496-551 No Blog for Week 10 10/26: Lecture & Assignment of Quiz #10 10/28: Lecture, Discussion of Writing Assignment (Blog #10), and Discussion of Quiz #10 10/28 - 11/2 - Exam # 2 (Chapters 1 -10) - ONLINE EXAM (Blackboard) Berkeley in the 60s Movie 11/2: Review of Exam Results In Class Viewing of Portions of Berkeley in the 60s

Last day to drop or withdraw with academic penalty 11/4: In Class Viewing of Portions of Berkeley in the 60s

Week 11: The Cold War Boom, 1946-1960


Textbook Reading Assignment: WBA, 556-613 No Blog for Week 11 11/9: Lecture and Introduction of the Rise of the Conservatism in America 11/11: Lecture, Assignment of Writing Assignment (Blog #11) and Assignment of Quiz #11 Week 11 Blog Instructions - Rise of the Conservatism in America, First Steps, 1945-1968

Week 12: The Rights-Conscious Sixties, 1960-1973


Textbook Reading Assignment: WBA, 614-681 11/16: Lecture, Discussion of Quiz #11, Discussion of Writing Assignment (Blog #11), Assignment of Writing Assignment (Blog #12) Week 12 Blog Instructions - Berkeley in the 60s 11/18: Lecture, Discussion of Writing Assignment (Blog #12), and Assignment of Quiz #12 Extra Credit Blog #1 Instructions - The Green Berets (Online Only No In Class Discussion)

Week 13: Economic Adversity Transforms the Nation, 1973-1989


Textbook Reading Assignment: WBA, 682-733 11/23: Lecture, Discussion of Quiz #12, and Assignment of Writing Assignment (Blog #13) Week 13 Blog Instructions - Rise of the Conservatism in America, Expanding the Base, 1968-1980 11/25: Lecture, Discussion of Writing Assignment (Blog #13), and Assignment of Quiz #13

Week 14: The American People in an Age of Global Capitalism, 1989-2001


Textbook Reading Assignment: WBA, 734-787

11/30: Lecture & Discussion of Quiz #13 and Assignment of Writing Assignment (Blog #14) Week 14 Blog Instructions - Rise of Conservatism in America, The Clean Sweep, 1980-2000 12/2: Lecture, Discussion of Writing Assignment (Blog #14), and Assignment of Quiz #14 Extra Credit Blog #2 Instructions - Saving Private Ryan (Online Only No In Class Discussion)

Week 15: America's World After 9/11, 2001-2009


Textbook Reading Assignment: WBA, 788-818 12/7: Lecture, Discussion of Quiz #14, Assignment of Quiz #15 12/9: Final Exam Review Day (No exams or assignments); Review of Quiz #14, Last MWF class day, Fall Semester

Week 16: Final Exam Week


12/16 (11 AM-1:30 PM) : Final Exam (Chapters 1-15) - 50% Online and 50% In Class

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