American History, 1877-Present
Dr. Patrick D. Reagan

History 2020-001 (#80220)					Dr. Reagan
9:05-10:00 MWF							Fall 2008
HH 205								HH 109          

Instructor Information

Office: Henderson Hall 109
Office Hours: 10-11 a.m. MWF and by appointment
Telephone: 372-3342 (office), 372-3332 (message), 528-3998 (home)
Professional Experience of Dr. Reagan

Course Requirements

Read section on Study Tips below first week and before papers and examinations.

This courses is expected to help student achieve several General Education Goals.

Disability Accommodations

Students with a disability requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS). An Accommodation Request (AR) should be completed as soon as possible, preferably by the end of the first week of classes. The ODS is located in the Roaden University Center, Room 112, telephone 372-6119.

Study Tips for History Classes

Required Books

Course Themes

Reading Assignments with
Lecture and Discussion Schedule

Readings should be completed before/during the week assigned.

Changes in Postwar America

Assignment: Text, pp. xxi-xxvi and pp. 611-649; Oates, Preface, pp. 1-25
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August 25--Course Syllabus and Responsibilities
August 27--Introduction: America in 1877
August 29--Film: "The American Industrial Revolution"

Assignment: Text, pp. 655-695 and Oates, pp. 26-49
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September 1--Labor Day holiday, No Class
September 3--Transformation of the Old West
September 5--Discussion based on Oates, pp. 26-49

Industrialization, 1870's-1900

Assignment: Text, pp. 696-729 and Oates, pp. 50-66
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September 8--Industrialization and the Rise of Big Business
September 10--Workers' Response to Industrialization
September 12--Discussion based on Oates, pp. 50-56

Assignment: Text, pp. 730-803 and Oates, pp. 66-87
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September 15--Farm Protest, 1870's-1890's
September 17--The Emergence of Urban America

Progressive Reform, 1901-1917

September 19--Progressive Reform, I

Assignment: Text, pp. 804-847 and Oates, pp. 100-134, 87-99
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September 22--Progressive Reform, II
September 24--Discussion based on Oates, pp. 112-134

America's Rise to World Power and
World War, 1898-1920

Assignment: Study for examination> and after examination
Text, pp. 848-917 and Oates, pp. 133-150
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September 26--America's Rise to World Power

Assignment: Study for examination> Internet Resources:

September 29--Review for examination
October 1--Examination

October 3--The Great War, 1914-1918

From Prosperity to Depression, 1920-1941

Assignment: Text, pp. 858-938 and Oates, pp. 134-159
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October 6--Mobilizing the Home Front, 1917-1918
October 8--The Red Scare, 1917-1919
October 10--New Era Prosperity

Assignment: Text, pp. 938-968 and Oates, pp. 159-177
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October 13-14--Fall Break, No Classes
October 15--Cultural Tensions in the 1920's
October 17--The Underside of Prosperity

Assignment: Text, pp. 969-1009; Oates, pp. 178-201; and Study for Examination
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October 20--The Great Depression and the Early New Deal
October 22--The Later New Deal, 1934-1938
October 24--Review for examination

From the Good War to the Cold War, 1941-1950's

Assignment: Study for Examination and after examination, Text, pp. 1010-1033
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October 27--Interwar American Diplomacy
October 29--Examination
October 31--World War II Abroad

Assignment: Text pp. 1033-1093 and Oates, pp. 202-278
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November 3--World War II: The Home Front
November 5--Origins of the Cold War
November 7--The Cold War at Home: McCarthyism

Abundance, Liberal Reform, and
Troubled Times, 1945-1974

Assignment: Text, pp. 1094-1157, 1179-1183 and Oates, pp. 279-290, 306-317
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November 10--The Fifties: Affluence and Anxiety
November 12--From Camelot to the Great Society
November 14--The Civil Rights Movement

Assignment: Text, pp. 1115-1117, 1144-1146, 1157-1176, 1119-1121, 1206-1209 and Oates, pp. 290-305, 318-330
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November 17--America and the War in Vietnam
November 19--Women in Modern America
November 21--The Road to Watergate: Richard Nixon and Postwar America

Our Times: Whither Goest Thou, America?

Assignment: Text, pp. 1173-1176, 1184-1261 and Oates, pp. 331-353
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November 24--Discussion based on Oates, pp. 344-353
November 26--The Conservative Experiment
November 27-28--Thanksgiving holiday, no classes

Assignment: Text, pp. 1262-1309 and Oates, pp/ 354-395
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December 1--A Post-Cold War World?
December 3--Impact of the Computer
December 5--Contemporary America: Politics, Diplomacy, Culture, and Society

Assignment: Study for Final Examination
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December 8--Monday, Final Examination, 8:00-10:00 a.m

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