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

History 2020-041 (#50024)				Dr. Reagan
7:30-9:30 MTWRF						Summer 2009
HH 108							HH109

Instructor Information

Office: Henderson Hall 109
Office Hours: MTWRF before and after class
Telephone: 372-3342 (office), 372-3332 (message), 528-3998 (home)
Professional Experience of Dr. Reagan

Course Requirements

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 Book

Course Themes

Reading Assignments with
Lecture and Discussion Schedule

Readings should be completed before/during the day assigned for.

Changes in Postwar America

Assignment: Text, pp. xix-xxiii and pp. 609-677
Internet Resources:

June 29--Course Syllabus / Film: "The American Industrial Revolution"
June 30--Transformation of the Post-Civil War West

Industrialization, 1870's-1900

July 1--Industrialization / The Rise of Big Business
July 2--Workers' Response to Industrialization / Discuss impact of economic change
July 3--Independence Day, Fourth of July holiday, no class

From Farm to City, Progressive Reform, and World War, 1901-1920

Assignment: Text, pp. 678-864 and Study for Examination
Internet Resources:

July 6--Farm Protest, 1870's-1890's / The Emergence of Urban America
July 7--Progressive Reform
July 8--America's Rise to World Power / The Great War, 1914-1918
July 9--Examination
July 10--Mobilizing the Home Front, 1917-1918 / The Red Scare, 1919-1920

From Prosperity to Depression, 1920-1941

Assignment: Text, pp. 866-983
Internet Resources:

July 13--New Era Prosperity / Cultural Tensions in the 1920's
July 14--The Underside of Prosperity / The Great Depression
July 15--The New Deal, 1933-1938

From the "Good War" to the Cold War, 1939-1950

Internet Resources:
July 16--Interwar American Diplomacy / World War II Abroad
July 17--World War II: The Home Front / Origins of the Cold War

Assignment: Study for Examination and, after exam, Text, pp. 984-1180
Internet Resources:

July 20--Examination
July 21--McCarthyism / The Fifties: Affluence and Anxiety

Abundance, Liberal Reform, and the Conservative Experiment, 1945-2000

Internet Resources:
July 22--From Camelot to the Great Society: 1961-1968 / The Civil Rights Movement
July 23--America's War in Vietnam /Nixon and the Road to Watergate
July 24--Women in Modern America / The Conservative Experiment

Our Times: Whither Goest Thou, America?

Assignment: Text, pp. 1181-1425 and Study for final examination
Internet Resources:

July 27--A Post-Cold War World?
July 28--Contemporary America / Final Review
July 29--Study Day

Assignment: Study Thematically for Final Examination
Internet Resources:

  • Studying and Teaching History
    July 30--Thursday, Final Examination, 7:30-9:30 p.m

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