Social Science Education


United States History Since 1865

Instructor:                Dr. Daniel A. Clark
Office-Phone:         237-2724, SH 323
Office hours:           Monday 10-11 AM; Tuesday/Thursday 2-3PM
                                 and by appointment

Required Text
Paul Boyer, et al.  The Enduring Vision, 5th ed., Volume 2
Stephen B. Oates and Charles Errico, Portrait of America:  Volume Two, from 1865

Course Goal
    The decades following the Civil War proved to be some of the most crucial in shaping the nation we are today.  Massive industrialization and urbanization, the arrival of new immigrant populations, coping with the freedmen in the South, and the whole range of shifting values brought on by the emergence of the "trust" or modern day corporations and the advent of a new consumer culture, all forced Americans to rethink their lives.  The Twentieth Century has been an ongoing effort to confront and work through these basic themes, all while America matured into the role of a world leader.  My hope is that by the end of this course students feel both equipped to look at today's issues with a deeper sense of understanding and commitment, and also inspired to continue to learn more about their own history.  Additionally, students will come out of this course having honed a based set of intellectual skills (i.e. analyzing conflicting arguments, formulating one's own ideas, and communicating them via the written word).

Course Policies
Grading:  Your grade in this course will be determined by how well you perform on two in-class exams, two out-of-class writing assignments, and four short-answer assignments to be posted on our BlackBoard site.  The exams are worth one hundred (100) points each for a total of two hundred (200) possible points.  The two take-home writing assignments are based on our readings and are worth forty (40) points for a total of eighty (80), while the short answer postings are worth five (5) points a piece for a total of twenty (20).  The total amount of possible points in this class then totals 300.  Finally, there will be several surprise "One Minute Essays" or "pop" reading quizzes that will be administered at various points of the semester, and will function essentially as extra credit (worth one point a piece).  Grades are based on a ten-point scale (e.g. 90%-A; 80%-B...etc.).  All grades are final and will not be changed except for a calculating error.  The exams are subjective (essays and identifications) and are geared toward seeing how well you have absorbed both the lecture and reading material (reading assignments listed below).  You are responsible for attending lectures and taking notes, and you are required to read, take notes and understand all the assigned readings.  I will provide a study guide prior to each exam.  I also encourage you to discuss course material with me during office hours, by phone or by e-mail.  Nevertheless, learning the material is your responsibility.

Make-Up Work:  No one will be allowed to take a make-up exam without a valid excused absence for the day(s) of the exam(s) missed.  The out-of-class assignments are time-sensitive, i.e. they cannot be made up without an ironclad, emergency excuse, as you have ample time to prepare for and execute these assignments.

Extra Credit:  There are no out of class credit possibilities in this class.  Each exam, however, will offer some extra credit questions.  I reserve the right to issue extra credit assignments, such as the One Minute Essays/pop quizzes noted in this syllabus, or if certain situations (like storms, etc.) or opportunities (such as excellent speakers) present themselves during the semester.

Posting Grades:  Grades will be posted only on the Blackboard website for this class.  Do no call the department office to ask about grades--it is illegal to give such information over the phone.

Cheating:  Exams will be closely monitored.  Anyone caught cheating will fail the course and will be reported to appropriate university officials.

Attendance:  Students are expected to follow the attendance policy stated in the ISU Catalogue.  You are expected to attend regularly and punctually.  Failure to do so may jeopardize a student's scholastic standing.  Attendance will be taken regularly.  Excessive absences may adversely affect your final grade.  The student is totally responsible for missed lecture material.

Use of tape recorders:  Students registered this way in this class may use tape recorders to record the instructor's lectures for their personal use only.  Any unauthorized sale or duplication of such recordings or of transcripts of such recordings is prohibited.

Student behavior/classroom decorum:  Free discussion, inquiry, and expression are encouraged in this class.  Classroom behavior that interferes with either the instructor's ability to conduct the class or the ability of students to benefit from the instruction is not acceptable.  Examples may include routinely entering class late or departing early; use of beepers, cellular telephones, or other electronic devices; repeatedly talking in class without being recognized; talking while others are speaking; or arguing in a way that is perceived as "crossing the civility line."  In the event of a situation where a student legitimately needs to carry a beeper/cellular telephone to class, prior notice and approval of the instructor is required.  Students may not bring to class children, other family members, friends, or anyone else not registered for the course.  No animals are allowed in the classroom except for seeing-eye dogs.  Eating and smoking in class are prohibited.

Course Outline/Schedule
Week 1 (August 28th)--Introduce Syllabus/America in 1865
        Reading:  Enduring Vision, being ch. 16

Week 2 (Sept. 2 and 4th)--Reconstruction, the New South and End of "The Old West"
        Reading:  Enduring Vision, chs. 16-17, and pp. 557-60 and
        621-24 and selections #11 and #3 in Portrait of America

Week 3 (Sept. 9th and 11th)--Industrialization and Social Darwinism
        Reading:  Enduring Vision, ch. 18 (pp. 544-557) and selection
        #5 in Potrait of America
*Short Answer Assignment #1 posted on line Sept. 12th

Week 4 (Sept. 16th and 18th)--Labor's Dilemma and Alternative Perspectives
        Reading:  Enduring Vision:  ch. 18 (pp. 560-572) and selected
        primary documents on line (see BlackBoard site)

Week 5 (Sept. 23rd and 25th)--Immigration and Urban America
        Reading:  Enduring Vision: ch. 19 and selections #6 and #7 in
        Portrait of America

Week 6 (Sept. 30th and Oct. 2nd)--Gilded Age Politics and Populism
        Reading:  Enduring Vision, ch. 20 and selected primary
        documents on line (see BlackBoard site)
        *Take-Home Writing Assignment due in class Sept. 30

Week 7 (Oct. 7th and 9th)--Progressivism, Parts I and II
        Reading:  Enduring Vision, ch. 21 and selections #8 and #10 in
        Portrait of America
*Short Answer Assignment #2 posted on line Oct. 9th

Week 8 (Oct. 14th and 16th)--American Expansionism and World War I
        Reading:  Enduring Vision, ch. 22 and selections #9 and #13 in
        Portrait of America

Week 9 (Oct. 21st and 23rd)--Midterm Exam and The 1920s
        MIDTERM EXAM Oct. 21st
Reading:  Enduring Vision, ch. 23 and selections #14 and #15
        in Portrait of America

Week 10 (Oct. 28th and 30th)--The Depression and New Deal
        Reading:  Enduring Vision, ch. 24 and selections #16 and #17
        in Portrait of America
        *Short Answer Assignment #3 posted on line Oct. 31st

Week 11 (Nov. 4th and 6th)--World War II
        Reading:  Enduring Vision, ch. 25 and selections #20 and #21
        in Portrait of America

Week 12 (Nov. 11th and 13th)--A Cold War at Home and Abroad
        Reading:  Enduring Vision, ch. 26 and selection #22 in
        Portrait of America, plus selected primary documents on line
        (see our BlackBoard site)

Week 13 (Nov. 18th and 20th)--1950's America:  Affluence and Discontent
        Reading:  Enduring Vision, ch. 27 and selections #23 and #26
        in Portrait of America
*Take Home Writing Assignment due in class Nov. 25th

Week 14 (Nov. 25th)--the Civil Rights Movement [Thanksgiving Break]
        Reading:  Enduring Vision, ch. 28 (pp. 875-892) and
        selections #25 in Portrait of America, plus selected primary
        documents on our BlackBoard site

Week 15 (Dec. 2nd and Dec. 4th)--Vietnam, Protest and Rise of Nixon
        Reading:  Enduring Vision, ch. 28 and 29 and selection #27 in
        Portrait of America, plus selected primary documents on our
        BlackBoard site
        *Short Answer Assignment #4 posted on line Dec. 5th

Week 16 (Dec. 9th and 11th)--The "Me Generation," Yuppies, and Ronald Reagan
        Reading:  Enduring Vision, ch. 30 and selections #28 and #29
        in Portrait of America

FINAL EXAM:  Tuesday, December 16th at 1:00 PM in our regular room





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