LECTURES AND READING ASSIGNMENTS: SPRING 2010

The term "virtual class" means that we will not actually meet in the classroom. On those days, print out the lecture notes and look over them. I will try to go over them briefly when I get back. If you have them with you, you can hit them with a highlighter as I review them. If there is anything unclear in these notes, please come and see me for clarification.

Week 1: Jan. 14 & 15 NO QUIZ

Th. INTRODUCTION  

UNIT ONE: THE "GILDED AGE"

F. Cowboys and Indians Revisited                                            
"Then suddenly nobody knew what was happening except that the soldiers were all shooting." Sioux Elder Black Elk on Wounded Knee, 1890

Week 2: Jan. 18-22 NO QUIZ

M. NO CLASS

W. Industrial Capitalism Triumphant: The Industrial Revolution and Its Leaders NOTE: Don't miss the supplemental material online: Robber Barons?)                                      
"Gentlemen, You have undertaken to cheat me. I will not sue you, for law takes too long. I will ruin you." Sincerely Yours, Cornelius Van Derbilt" ND (And he did.)

F. MOVIE: Mr. Sears Catalogue

Week 3: Jan. 25-29 NO QUIZ

M. MOVIE: The Grand Army of Starvation

W. & F.  The World of Work  NOTE: Don't miss the supplemental materials online: The Radical Critique of Capitalism                                                                
"To bring within the folds of organization every department of productive industry, making knowledge a standpoint for action, and industrial and moral worth, not wealth, the true standard of individual and national greatness." Platform of the Knights of Labor, 1878  

Week 4: Feb. 1-5 QUIZ # 1: CHAPTER 7, David Boroff, A Little Milk, a Little Honey NOTE: I WILL BE ATTENDING A MEETING IN NASHVEGAS ON FRIDAY; WE WILL NOT MEET. WHATEVER MATERIAL  I DO NOT GET TO ON WEDNESDAY, I WILL POST ON THE W 7 F LINK

M. Urbanization & Immigration                                                        
"Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me." Emma Lazarus, 1886  

W. & F. Politics and Ideology in the Gilded Age: Horatio Alger & Laissez Faire               
"No man in this land suffers from poverty unless it be more than his fault. Unless it be his sin." Rev. Henry W. Beecher, ND  

Week 5: Feb 8-12  QUIZ # 2: CHAPTER 9, David R. Kohler and James W. Wensyel, America's First Southeast Asian War: The Philippine Insurrection

M., W., F. The Crisis of the 1890's                                                               
"We meet in the midst of a nation brought to the verge of moral, political, and material ruin." People's Party Platform, 1892

Week 6: Feb. 15-19 NO QUIZ

REVIEW ON MONDAY;

  FIRST UNIT EXAM ON WEDNESDAY FEB. 17; STUDY GUIDE FIRST UNIT EXAM  

B/C OF THE EXAM, WE WILL HOLD "VIRTUAL CLASS" ON FRIDAY: print out the notes below--they are Friday's class. We will review them next Monday. 

UNIT TWO: THE RISE OF THE ACTIVIST STATE

F. The Activist State: Stage I: Progressivism  Part I                                                                       
"Capitalists, workingmen, politicians, citizens all breaking the law. Who is left to uphold it?"
S.S. McClure, 1903

Week 7: Feb. 22-26 NO QUIZ

M. The Activist State: Stage I: Progressivism Part II     

W.  & F.  The "White Man's Burden"                                                         
"We want no wars of conquest; we must avoid the temptation of territorial aggression."
William McKinley, 1897

Week 8: March 1-5 QUIZ #3:  CHAPTER 12, William Lavender and Mary Lavender, Suffragists' Storm Over Washington.

M. The Great War and the Activist State                                           
"The World must be made safe for democracy." Woodrow Wilson, 1917  

W. Toward a Mass Consumer Culture: The 1920s in two parts.  Part I is an in-class lecture--the outline is here; 

Mass Consumer Culture: "I'll go without food before I see us give up the car." A resident of  "Middletown," 1920's; 

F.  Because of Spring Break, Friday's class--Part II--is a virtual class, The 1920s Part II   
                         
Conflicts with Modernity--KKK & the Scopes Trials: "My Dear Brother Bryan: Fight them evolutionists 'till hell freezes over, then give them a round on the ice." A Supporter from Smackover
, Arkansas to Dayton, Tennessee, 1925   

Week 9: March 8-12 Spring Break! Hooray!! NO QUIZ!!

Week 10: March 15-19 QUIZ # 4: CHAPTER 17, James Mac Gregor Burns, Government in Action: FDR and the Early New Deal.

The Activist State : Stage II, The New Deal & WWII 
M.  The Great Depression & The New Deal  NOTE: There is supplemental material in here--don't miss it!                                                                  
"We in America are nearer to the final triumph over poverty than ever before." Herbert Hoover, Inaugural Address, 1928;
"To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation has a rendezvous with destiny." FDR Inaugural Address, 1932 

W. The “Good War”                                                        
The end of “Neutrality”: "Yesterday, December 7, 1941--a date which will live in infamy--the United States was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the empire of Japan" FDR, 1941

The Home Front: “Every time I test a batch of rubber, I know it's going to bring my three sons home quicker." Josephine Bucklin, worker at a defense plant, ND  

Friday is a Study Day

Week 11: March 22-26 NO QUIZ; 

REVIEW ON MONDAY

SECOND UNIT EXAM ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24 STUDY GUIDE SECOND UNIT EXAM  

UNIT THREE: FROM THE COLD WAR TO THE WAR ON TERROR

B/C OF THE EXAM, WE WILL HOLD "VIRTUAL CLASS" ON FRIDAY: print out the notes below--they are Friday's class. We will review them next Monday. Be sure to get both sets of notes.

F.  Containing the Commies: Abroad...                                        
"I come from the Crimea Conference with a firm belief that we have made a good start on the road to a world of peace." FDR, 1945  

And At Home
"The reason we find ourselves in a position of impotency is not because our enemy has sent men to invade our shores, but rather because of the traitorous actions of those who have been treated so well by the state department." Senator Joseph McCarthy, 1950  

Week 12: March 29-April 2 QUIZ # 5: CHAPTER 19, William J. Vanden Heuvel, America and the Holocaust

M. Video: Burt the Turtle on Civil Defense  

Affluence and its Contradictions: The 1950s                              
"This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is...felt in every city, every State house, every office of the federal government." Dwight David Eisenhower, 1961  

W.  The Liberal Consensus... 
"And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." JFK, Inaugural Address, 1961  

F. No class on Friday, April 2, because of Good Friday.

Week 13: April 5-9 NO QUIZ; I will be at a conference on Wednesday and Friday so we have "VIRTUAL CLASS" on those days.

M. ...and its Critics: African- Americans:  "Eyes on the Prize," episode 4, "Ain't Scared of Your Jails."    

W.   ...and its Critics: Students & the Counterculture: "We are the people of this generation, bred in at least modest comfort, housed now in universities, looking uncomfortably to the world we inherit." The Port Huron Statement, 1963
 "Turn on to the scene, tune in to what is happening, and drop out." Timothy Leary, the Summer of Love, 1967  

F. .and its Critics: Women: "Her discontent is deep, pervasive, and impervious to the superficial remedies which are offered at every hand." Newsweek Magazine, 1970

Week 14: April 12-16 QUIZ # 6: CHAPTER 24, Larry L. King, Trapped: Lyndon Johnson and the Nightmare of Vietnam  NOTE: Since there is a lot of ground to cover in this next to the last week of classes (and because we are all REALLY burned out), the links below provide entire lectures rather than just outlines.

M. & W. America's Longest War   NOTE: Don't miss the material on the anti-war movement linked into the middle of this lecture.
"We are convinced that the Allied nations, which at Teheran and San Francisco have acknowledged the principles of self-determination...will not refuse to acknowledge the independence of Vietnam." Ho Chi Minh, 1945;

"We did not choose to be the guardian at the gate but there was no one else." LBJ, 1964  

F. Right Turn: The Politics of Resentment?  NOTE: Don't miss the material on Watergate linked in at the beginning of this lecture.
"Anyone under 40 who isn't a socialist has no heart--anyone over 40 who is a socialist has no brain." Anonymous, ND  

Week 15: April 19-23 QUIZ # 7: CHAPTER 32, John Lewis Gaddis, The Lessons of September 11

 M.  Right Turn: Culture Wars  
"There is a vicious assault on the American Family." Jerry Falwell, 1980.  

W. Toward a New Foreign Policy: Understanding the context of 9-11.  

Bin Laden Document  Download the document below. For an introduction to the document that gives you questions to ask to prepare for the quiz click here.

F. Study Day--we will not meet.

Week 16: April 26-30

Review for Unit Three Exam on monday

Wednesday and Friday are study Days See: STUDY GUIDE: THIRD UNIT EXAM

FINAL EXAM: Thursday, May 6, 10:30-12:30 am