WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
COURSE NUMBER AND TITLE: U.S. History Since 1865 HIST. 2302
TIME Tuesday 6-10pm
INSTRUCTOR Mr. William Hanbery
CONTACT INFORMATION 347-6023 (Leave message if no answer)
APPOINTMENTS By Appointment
LOCATION Ft. Wainwright
This course is a survey of U.S. History of the American experience from Reconstruction through the period of industrialization, overseas expansion, agrarian agitation, Progressivism, World Wars I and II and the Cold War to the present.
TEXT BOOK: America Past and Present , Robert Divine, T.H. Breen, George M. Fredrickson, R. Hal Williams, Ariela J. Gross, H.W. Brands. [Seventh Edition]
COURSE OBJECTIVES : By the conclusion of this course successful students should
Be able to identify the failures of Reconstruction and the effects of industrialization on the
on society and business in the last 25 years of the 19 th century.
Be able to explain the effects of the agrarian movement and the affect on the Progressive
Movement by a restless Nation.
Be able to identify the events leading up to and through WW 1 and explain why the events
of the 1920’s and 30s’ allowed WW II to occur.
Be able to explain and identify events that caused the Cold War and the unrest of the nation
during the 1960’s.
Develop a connection between events that have changed the direction of the U.S. , and the
impact of 9/11 on present day events.
CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES : Three major methods will be used in the class to facilitate the students understanding of the subject. 1) Lecture to supplement reading assignments, 2) student written summaries of assigned readings, 3) Class discussions about significant individuals and events that encompass U.S. history from its origins to 1865.
ATTENDANCE : Attendance is required. Excessive late arrivals or early departures will be taken into consideration. Material will be discussed in class and included in the exams that is not in the book. It is the students responsibility to obtain any material missed by not attending class for any reason. The student must not miss any more that 25% of the class. Any more misses may result in failure of the class.
**In the case of TDY’s the instructor should be notified as soon as possible.
READINGS : Assigned readings are to be completed prior to the class session for which they are assigned
Discussions: Lend your knowledge and expertise to the class during discussions of issues and events.
PLAGIARISM POLICY : Intellectual integrity and truthfulness are fundamental to scholarship. Scholars, whether they are performing as students or as teachers, are engaged in a search for truth. Plagiarism is a form of cheating and also a form of theft. Plagiarism occurs when a student fails to give proper credit when information is either quoted or paraphrased. Carelessness is no excuse. As such, it is a breach of scholarly responsibility. It is also unethical and in some cases, illegal. Looking at or copying someone else’s test, answer sheet, and /or paper is counted as cheating. Plagiarism may result in an “F” in the course.
DISABILITY POLICY : It is the University Policy that no otherwise qualified disabled person to be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity in the university.
A = 90 -100%
B = 80 – 89%
C = 70 – 79% I = For Incomplete
D = 60 – 69% W = For Withdrawal
F = Below 60%
GRADING WEIGHT (BASED ON 100 POINTS POSSIBLE)
Your course grade will be based on class participation, written summaries of reading assignments and three exams. Two of the exams will be of one hour duration with the final exam being allotted two hours for completion.
Two short papers [topics to be assigned] 10%
First exam 25%
Second exam 25%
Final exam 30%
Withdrawal: If a student wishes to withdraw from this course, they should contact me or the Wayland office as soon as possible to discuss the situation. Partial refunding is dependant on the date of withdrawal.
WEEK 1 Review of chapters 16&17 The failure of Reconstruction and the westward
movement of the nation. What to do with the Native Americans?
WEEK 2 Chapters 18&19 The creation of a industrial society, and its affect on urban . and rural populations
WEEK 3 Chapters 20&21 Politics and the expansion of the U.S. beyond its
WEEK 4 Chapter 22 Muckrakers and the call for reform in the work place in the face of
the industrial giants.
TEST OVER CHAPTERS 16-21 (last hour of class)
WEEK 5 Chapters 23&24 Teddy Roosevelt, the man who was not to be president. W.
Wilson who won the war but lost the peace.
WEEK6 Chapters 25&26 Society changes with opposition from radicals and
fundamentalist’s. F.D. Roosevelt’s New Deal the rise and fall of.
WEEK7 Chapters 27&28 Isolationism to war, how the U.S. reacts to Germany ’s
aggression under F.D.R.’s leadership. Truman’s leadership of the recovery
of Europe and the beginning of the Cold War.
WEEK8 Chapters 29&30 After the war U.S. pursues the good life as post war
prosperity grows. Unrest of the 60’s as the Great Society is unveiled and the civil rights movement demands more. Viet Nam a war that destroyed a President and changed the U.S. .TEST OVER CHAPTERS 22-28
WEEK 9 Chapters 31&32 Watergate and Nixon, and the changes to U.S. governmental
process. Energy becomes an issue that all citizens are affected by. Reaganomics
fact or fiction, the resulting economic upheaval.
WEEK 10 Chapter 33 The Clinton White House inherits war and domestic upheaval.
The end of the 20 th century and disputed election. Terrorism changes the U.S.
WEEK 11 Review and final exam