HISTORY 261 - United States, 1865 to the Present
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

HISTORY 261 (formerly HISTORY 161) is the second half of the introductory survey of American history. The course will explore key themes and pivotal developments in the political, social, cultural, and economic history of the United States since the Civil War, focusing on both domestic and international affairs. We will examine major eras and transformations such as Reconstruction, the rise of Big Business and Organized Labor, Western Expansion and Imperialism, the Progressive Era, the Rise of Mass Culture, the Great Depression and New Deal, World War II and the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam Era, Conservatism and the "Reagan Revolution," and the War on Terror. From multiple perspectives, HISTORY 261 will emphasize the struggles for freedom, conflicts over citizenship, and the shifting boundaries of the "American Creed" that has promised — and limited — equality, democracy, and liberty.

HISOTYR 261 is divided into a lecture/discussion format that includes film and reading assignments, weekly discussion projects, a midterm, a short research paper, and a final exam. The discussion projects will involve web-based explorations of primary documents, in order to evaluate the experiences of ordinary Americans in the context of broader historical forces. We also will investigate key debates over competing interpretations of the past and the political struggles over historical memory, from the legacies of the Civil War to the battles over National History Standards in the 1990s. We won't be using a textbook. Instead, in addition to the web-based documents, the following books will be assigned.

  • Eric Foner,The Story of American Freedom
  • Patricia Limerick, Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West
  • David Traxel, 1898: The Birth of the American Century
  • Eric Rauchway, Murdering McKinley: The Making of Theodore Roosevelt's America
  • Kevin Boyle, Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age
  • Robert McElvaine, The Great Depression: America, 1929-1941
  • Stephen Whitfield, The Culture of the Cold War [2nd edition, 1996]
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., Why We Can't Wait [2000 Signet edition]
  • Christian Appy, Working-Class War: American Combat Soldiers and Vietnam
  • Michael Schaller, Right Turn: American Life in the Reagan-Bush Era, 1980-1992
  • David Farber, Taken Hostage: The Iran Hostage Crisis and America's First Encounter with Radical Islam

HISTORY 261 - United States, 1865 to the Present
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
12130
Open
25
 
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TuTh 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Note: INTRO SEQUENCE COURSE, renumbered from HISTORY 161. Students are auto-enrolled in lecture when they elect a discussion.
002 (DIS)
P
12131
Open
8
 
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WF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
P
12132
Open
2
 
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WF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
004 (DIS)
P
12133
Open
1
 
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TuTh 2:00PM - 3:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
12134
Open
1
 
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TuTh 2:00PM - 3:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
12135
Open
4
8LSA Hnrs
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: LSA Honors only.
007 (DIS)
P
12136
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:00PM
008 (DIS)
P
12137
Open
1
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:00PM
009 (DIS)
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12138
Open
2
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:00PM
010 (DIS)
P
12139
Open
1
 
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TuTh 5:00PM - 6:00PM
011 (DIS)
P
12140
Open
3
 
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WF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
012 (DIS)
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31648
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 2:00PM - 3:00PM
013 (DIS)
P
31649
Closed
0
 
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WF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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