HIS 131 - United States History II
The United States from 1877 to the present. The closing of The Frontier, the American Empire, Progressive reforms, World War I, the Twenties, the Depression, The New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam involvement, and the present. Emphasis on political, cultural, social, and economic & developments. Satisfies the Civic Education requirement.
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Write clearly, speak cogently, and think critically about historical events and issues.
2. Identify some of the methods used by historians to study the past.
3. Name and discuss some contributions to historical knowledge made by archaeologists, anthropologists, and geographers.
4. Read primary historical sources and formulate pertinent inferences and interpretations.
5. Discuss the outcomes of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
6. Identify and explain causes and patterns of immigration to America, internal migration, and cultural changes as a result of those movements.
7. Explain the development of the American West–motives for westward expansion, impact on indigenous peoples, and national economic change.
8. Evaluate trends in the industrialization, commercialization, and urbanization of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
9. Identify and appraise the Progressive responses to the social, economic, and political problems of the Gilded Age.
10. Distinguish motives and consequences of American expansionism and imperialism of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
11. Describe American economic, diplomatic and military roles abroad and at home during World War I.
12. Review the economic, social, and political changes of the 1920s.
13. Name and discuss the causes and outcomes of the Great Depression, including the New Deal response.
14. Describe American economic, diplomatic and military roles abroad and at home during World War II.
15. Examine the various concerns of the Atomic Age, the Cold War in American life and politics, and the post-war era of the 1950s.
16. Discuss the various civil rights movements of American marginal populations, American Indians, women, sub-culture lifestyles, and African Americans in particular.
17. Examine the technological, political and social changes caused by the Space Race, the conflict in Vietnam, and the Great Society.
18. Evaluate the political and foreign policies of the 1980s and 1990s and understand the impact on America of the end of the Cold War.
19. Debate recent events of the 1990s and early 21st century and discuss implications for the future of America and Americans.
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