The last of four sequence courses in
American history, this is a survey of the United States from the 1920s
to the 1980s. Major topics include: the 1920s economic boom,
the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, the New Deal, World War II, the
Cold War, and American
society and culture in flux. The course will cover this period of
profound change by examining the role of the U.S. as an emerging global
super power and the critical social and political transformations that
altered the nation over the past 90 years. Major historiographical
interpretations will be emphasized as well.
(Available at the ENC college bookstore and on Amazon.com)
• John Mack Faragher,
Mari Jo Buhle, Susan Armitage, Daniel Czitrom, Out of Many, TLC Volume II
(Prentice Hall, 4th Edition or
• Timothy Egan, The
Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great
American Dust Bowl (Mariner Books, 2006). Also available as an
• Jack Kerouac, On
the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition (Viking, 2007). Also available as an audiobook.
Kim Phillips-Fein, Invisible Hands:
The Making of the Conservative Movement from the New Deal to Reagan (W.W.
Norton & Co, 2010). Also
available as an audiobook.
Other reading material will be handed out in class or posted on
EXPECTATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
Students will be evaluated on how well
they identify and explain the significance events, terms, and individuals of the
era and on the basis of their reading, writing, and thinking
skills. Students are expected to read all assignments and come
ready to discuss these in class. Always be prepared; I may call
upon you at any time. Look at the webpage discussion questions for
assignments and direction: www.enc.edu/history/HI226_qs.html.
Those who fail to keep up with the reading will do poorly in this
course. Participation and attendance is required of each individual and
will figure into the overall grade. (Obviously, if one does not
attend or read the
assignments, one cannot participate.)
tests will be administered over the semester involving multiple choice,
short answer, and essay questions. More information on these will
be given out prior to each exam. In addition, unannounced pop
quizzes may be given occasionally at the beginning of class. These
quizzes will cover the most recent reading assignments and the lecture
material. (Always take good notes. Not all lecture material
will be included in your text.) Those who arrive late or fail to attend
class will not be allowed to retake quizzes or tests, unless, of
course, a written medical excuse can be provided.
addition to a satisfactory evaluation of this work based on content,
you are expected to demonstrate competence in English composition and grammar. Students will complete
several writing assignments. All must be typed and
double-spaced. Sets of
discussion questions will be posted on the web: www.enc.edu/history/HI226_qs.html.
You must answer 5 sets of questions
over the semester. These will be graded on a pass/fail
basis. Your answers to each of the five sets of questions should
be 1.5 pages. These are due in class on the day that the reading
is assigned. Additionally, students will write one major (4-5
pages) and one minor (1.5-2 pages) book review. Book reviews will be based on the
supplemental books. (Review questions and a guide to writing
reviews will be placed on the web.) Graded on a
reviews must be handed in during class on the day they are due.
Reviews will lose 5 percentage points for each day they are
overdue. No writing assignments will be accepted via e-mail.
is a city with many cultural resources. There are dozens of museums, and
historical sites within a few short miles of the ENC campus.
Students must attend at least one museum or historical site in the area
relating to the course material. Sites and museums covering the period
under study include: Battleship
Cove, Fall River, MA; Franklin D. Roosevelt
American Heritage Center, Inc., Union Station, Worcester, MA; John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
and Museum, Boston; MIT
Museum, Cambridge; Museum of Fine
Arts, Art of the Americas Collection, Boston; United States Naval Shipbuilding
Museum, Quincy; and Worcester
Historical Society and Museum. Students will then write 1.5-2
page summaries of the lecture and site visit. Extra credit
papers, based on area lectures or excursions, may be turned in as well.
a note on proper behavior and academic honesty. Talking with
fellow classmates, eating, doing other work, reading newspapers,
leaving cell phones on, walking out early or arriving late all reflect
poorly on you as a student and will hurt your overall grade.
Cheating and plagiarism are even worse and will not be tolerated.
Be advised: ANY instance of cheating on tests, essays, or other
assignments will result in immediate failure of the course. For more on
this fascinating topic, please refer to the ENC history dept.
guidelines concerning academic honesty: http://www.enc.edu/history/stephens.plagiarism.html.
Those who are guilty will be caught. Incriminating evidence is
only a Google™ search away.
3 Exams 10% each
5 Short Response
Papers ----------------------------- 15%
1 Long Book Review
Essay ------------------------- 15%
1 Short Book Review
Essay ------------------------- 10%
1 Paper reviewing a
historic site or museum ------- 5%
and Pop Quizzes -------- 25%
100-94; A- = 93-90; B+ = 89-87; B = 86-84; B- = 83-80; C+ = 79-77;
C = 76-74; C- = 73-70; D = 69-60
& DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
Failure to complete any of the assignments will obviously result in a
significant lowering of your total grade. If this all seems too
daunting, remember that the last day to register for a class is Tues,
Feb 2, and the last day to drop/add a class is Tues, Feb 9.
(All readings are to be completed on the day they are listed.)