The Transformation of Modern America, 1912-1945
Dr. Patrick D. Reagan

History 4050-001 (#02885)                                     Dr. Reagan
10:10-11:05 MWF                                               Fall 2007
HH 114                                                        HH 109

Instructor Information

Office: Henderson Hall 109
Office Hours: 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. MWF and by appointment
Telephone: 372-3342 (office), 372-3332 (message), 528-3998 (home)
E-mail: preagan at any time or from off campus
Professional Experience of Dr. Reagan

Course Requirements

Sample Book Reviews

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

Reading Assignments and
Lecture and Discussion Schedule

Readings should be completed before.during the week they are assigned for.


Assignment: Flanagan and pp. 1-32
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August 27--Course syllabus and student's responsibilities
August 28--Prologue: Corporate America and Reform
August 31--A New Way of Seeing: Facts, Facts, Facts

Progressive Reform, 1900-1917

Assignment: Flanagan, pp. 33-98
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September 3--Labor Day Holiday, No Class
September 5--Who Were the Progressives?
September 7--Business, Government, and Labor in Progressive America

Assignment: Flanagan, pp. 99-197
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September 10--From Roosevelt to Wilson: The Rise of Presidential Power
September 12--Discussion based on Flanagan, pp. 99-197
September 14--Dissenters: Socialists, Wobblies, and Bohemians
Paper topic must be selected in consultation with instructor by this date

Assignment: Flanagan, pp. 198-232
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September 17--Progressive Diplomacy: Searching for Order Abroad
September 19--Discussion based on Flanagan, pp. 198-232

America and the Great War, 1917-1920

September 21--The Great War and U.S. Entry, 1914-1918

Assignment: Flanagan, pp. 232-236 and Study for Examination
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September 24--Mobilization of the Home Front, 1917-1918
Approved, printed bibliography for research paper due.

September 26--Review and questions in class
September 28--Examination

New Era Capitalism, 1920-1929

Assignment: Flanagan, pp. 237-286 and Miller, pp. 1-197
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October 1--The Rough Road to Normalcy
October 3--Discussion based on Miller, pp. 1-170
October 4--Thursday, Career Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Multipurpose Room, University Center
October 5--New Era Industrial Capitalism

Assignment: Miller, pp. 199-271, 295-340
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October 8--Cultural Politics in the 1920's
Book review due at class time.

October 10--Discussion based on Miller, pp. 199-271, 295-340
October 12--Film: "Sister Aimee"

The Great Depression and New Deal Reform, 1929-1941

Assignment: Miller, pp. 341-389 and begin Lawson, Preface and Introduction
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October 15-16--Fall Break, No Class
October 17--Film: A Job at Ford's
October 19--The Underside of Prosperity
Outline of paper due at class time.

Assignment: Lawson, pp. 1-114
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October 22--The Hoover Legacy and the Great Depression
October 24--Discussion based on Lawson, pp. 1-32
October 26--FDR and the Early New Deal

Assignment: Lawson, pp.
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October 29--The Second New Deal
October 31--Film: "Mean Things Happening"
November 2--Labor, the New Deal, and Industrial Unionism

Assignment: Review materials on this site immediately below about New Deal culture
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November 5--The Red Decade? Social Thought in the Thirties
November 7--New Deal Culture: The Rediscovery of America
November 9--Discussion

Assignment: Carefully read Lawson, pp. 235-252
November 12--The Crisis of the New Deal
November 14--The Third New Deal?: American National Planning
November 16--Discussion: New Deal Legacy based on Lawson, pp. 235-252

Assignment: Lawson, pp. 222-234 and Kennedy, Preface and pp. 1-90
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November 19--American Diplomacy in the Interwar Years
Research paper portfolio due at class time

The "Good War"? World War II, 1939-1945

November 21--FDR, Isolation, and Public Opinion
November 22-23--Thanksgiving Holiday, No Class

Assignment: Kennedy, pp. 91-189, 244-320, 373-426
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November 26--World War II: The European Theater
November 28--World War II: The Pacific Theater
November 30--The Home Front: Economic Mobilization

Assignment: Kennedy, pp. 190-243, 321-372 and Flanagan, pp. vi-viii, 283-286, Miller, pp. 1-10, 365-389; and Kennedy, Preface and pp. 427-433; and Lawson, pp. 235-252
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December 3--The Home Front: Social Mobilization

Legacies of Depression, Reform, and World War

December 5--Discussion based on Kennedy, pp. 190-243, 321-372
December 7--Legacies: Discussion based on Flanagan, pp. vi-viii, 283-288; Miller, pp. 1-10, 365-389; Kennedy, Preface and pp. pp. 427-433; and Lawson, pp. 325-352

Assignment: Study for Final Exam and reread and think carefully about Flanagan, vi-viii, 283-288, Miller, pp. 1-10, 365-389; and Kennedy, Preface and pp. 427-433
December 12--Wednesday, Final Examination, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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