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2022-2023 Course Catalog 
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HIS 152 - U.S. History Since 1877

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Core

A survey of main themes of American history from 1877 to the present, emphasizing the political, social economic, religious, and intellectual aspects of the Gilded Age, Progressive Era, Roaring Twenties, Great Depression, World Wars, Civil Rights Movement, Cold War Era, and 21st century.
1. Weigh the positive and negative aspects of Gilded Age Society 1870-1890

  1. Assess the social, cultural, and intellectual consequences of industrialization
  2. Chronicle the rise of the labor movement
  3. Analyze westward expansion’s influence on diverse Americans, especially Plains Indians

2. Critique how American farmers, black people, immigrants, and subjects defined freedom at the turn of the century 1890-1900

  1. List the goals, achievements, and shortcomings of the Populists
  2. Define segregation and identify the role of violence in upholding white supremacy
  3. Connect nativism to Chinese and new immigration
  4. Judge the arguments of the pro-imperialists and anti-imperialists

3. Synthesize the issues and personalities involved in the Progressive Movement of the early 1900s

  1. List the goals, methods, achievements, and shortcomings of the Progressives
  2. Discuss how the women’s movement influenced Progressivism
  3. Evaluate the policies of presidents Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson

 4. Explain the causes, character, and consequences of World War I

  1. Rank the main reasons the United States entered the conflict
  2. Trace the major strategies and battles of the war, emphasizing US involvement
  3. Illustrate the limitations on freedom for women, African Americans, dissenters, and others
  4. Assess US foreign policy from the Monroe Doctrine through the League of Nations debate

5. Evaluate the political, cultural, and social situation of America during the 1920s

  1. Assess the growth of consumerism during the 1920s
  2. Analyze the changing role of women during this era
  3. Outline the beliefs of fundamentalism
  4. Discuss the importance of the Harlem Renaissance, Great Migration, and reemergence of the Ku Klux Klan

6. Summarize the Great Depression and New Deal’s influence on American life 1929-1940

  1. Highlight the main causes of the Great Depression
  2. Describe the Depression’s impact on different segments of US society
  3. Compare the political responses of presidents Hoover and Roosevelt
  4. Judge the New Deal as a success or failure

7. Examine the American experience during World War II

  1. Analyze US foreign policy between the wars
  2. Summarize the mobilization for WWII, including the roles of women and people of color
  3. Identify major strategies, battles, and figures of the conflict
  4. Describe the political, military, economic, and social consequences of WWII

8. Evaluate the causes and consequences of the Cold War and Civil Rights Movement 1945-1970s

  1. Articulate the causes of the Cold War
  2. Appraise the US policy of containment
  3. Connect decolonization, civil and human rights to the Soviet and US struggle for leadership
  4. Illustrate the anticommunist movement’s goals and methods
  5. Summarize the major events and figures of the Civil Rights Movement, including Native American, Latina/o, and LBGTQIA communities
  6. Identify landmark US Supreme Court rulings

9. Assess the domestic and foreign policy of America from 1970 through the 1990s

  1. Evaluate presidencies from Nixon through Clinton
  2. Examine the rise of the New Conservatives
  3. Describe the latter years of the Cold War, focusing on the Vietnam War and collapse of the Soviet Union
  4. Define globalization, providing examples of how technology has linked humanity

10. Establish the main issues facing the United States in the 21st Century

  1. Weigh the importance of national security and civil liberties during the War on Terror
  2. Describe demographic changes, addressing immigration’s role in politics
  3. Discuss the process of political polarization
  4. List goals, methods, achievements, and shortcomings of social movements

11. Demonstrate effective communication and critical thinking skills through writing

  1. Define and interpret primary and secondary sources
  2. Use historical evidence to create a formal analytical paper with a coherent argument

Competencies Revised Date: AY2022

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