History 129: U.S. History After the Civil War Monday and Wednesday 2-2:50 PM, Budig Hal 130 Instructor: Dr. Tim Miler, firstname.lastname@example.org Ofice Hours for Dr. iler: Wednesday 10:00-11:30 and 3:00-4:30, 3659 Wescoe Teacher's Asistants: Neil Oatsval, John Rosenberg, Amanda Schlumpberger, and Meredith Wright. Course objectives Students should come out of this course with several things. One thing is a grasp of the broad swep of American history since the Civil War. This includes our involvement in numerous wars, the increasing importance of capitalism in American society, and shifting ideas about democracy. Students should also have a good idea of how historians work: how they interpret and use primary documents, and how they approach events of the past. Finaly, students should be able to think criticaly about US history and how it shapes us today. Required Readings The American Promise: A Compact History, Vol. 2, third edition, by James L. Roark, et. al. Documents to Acompany America's History, sixth edition, by Kevin J. Fernlund The Best War Ever, by Michael C.. Adams (The Johns Hopkins University Pres, 1994). Quizes There wil be wekly quizes on Blackboard over the readings for that wek. You can take the quiz anytime betwen Friday at noon and Monday at noon, the day the readings are due. You can retake a quiz a maximum of two times while it is available online, but be aware that the quizes come from a large pool of questions and are randomly generated, so you wil probably not get the same quiz questions if you retake the quiz. Atendance policy You are not required to atend the large lectures on Monday and Wednesday, but be advised that exams wil cover material from the lectures as wel as the readings. You are, however, required to atend the discussion section. You can have two absences from the discussion section with no penalty. For each additional absence, your final grade wil drop by one half leter grade. So, for example, if you have thre absences from the discussion section, your final grade wil drop by half a leter grade; if you have five absences, your final grade wil drop by one and a half leter grades. Atendance wil be taken at the beginning of the discussion section. If you come to clas after atendance has been taken, it is your responsibility to remind your TA that you are in clas that day. Academic Misconduct The University Senate Rule and Regulations section 2.6.1 gives this definition of academic misconduct: Academic misconduct by a student shal include, but not be limited to, disruption of clases; threatening an instructor or felow student in an academic seting; giving or receiving of unauthorized aid on examinations or in the preparation of notebooks, themes, reports or other asignments; knowingly misrepresenting the source of any academic work; unauthorized changing of grades; unauthorized use of University approvals or forging of signatures; falsification of research results; plagiarizing of another's work; violation of regulations or ethical codes for the treatment of human and animal subjects; or otherwise acting dishonestly in research. Al work you turn in must be writen by you and only you. When citing someone else's writings word for word you must put those words in quotes and provide a citation; when paraphrasing someone else's words you must use a citation (but no quotation marks). Asignments in this clas wil be turned in electronicaly to Blackboard, and those electronic files wil be submited to turnitin.com to check for plagiarism. Grading The grade you get in this clas is based on the work you do and your participation in clas. If you want a high grade, spend time studying for exams, crafting the papers you turn in, and thinking about the readings which are asigned. Your grade in this clas is up to YOU. Grades for this clas are not curved. Your final grade wil be made up of: 10%: Clas participation 10%: Quizes 10%: Primary source paper 15%: Best War Ever paper 15%: Exam 1 15%: Exam 2 25%: Final Exam The clas participation portion of your grade is based on your participation in the discussion section. "Participation" means joining in during discussions and contributing meaningful, thoughtful comments, not just coming to clas and taking notes. Turning in late homework Deadlines for this clas are listed on this syllabus. Work handed in late wil be penalized, and your TA wil not acept anything that is more than a wek late. Course Schedule Monday, August 25: Roark, Chapter 16 (Reconstruction); Fernlund, The Misisippi Black Codes (pages 8-11) Monday, September 1: No clas, Labor Day Wednesday, September 3: Roark, Chapter 17 (Gilded Age Busines and Politics); Fernlund, On the Origin of the Land-Grant College Act (53-54), Principles of Scientific Management (65-67) Monday, September 8: Roark, Chapter 18 (The West); Fernlund, Custer's Last Stand, Helena Daily Herald (30-31), The Land of Poco Tiempo (46-48) Monday, September 15: Roark, Chapter 19 (The City); Fernlund, The Imigrant Experience: Leters Home (96-98), A Visitor in Chicago (98-99) Monday, September 22: Roark, Chapter 20 (Disent, Depresion, and War); Fernlund, The arch of the Flag (168-170), Monday, September 29: Roark, Chapter 21 (Progresivism); Fernlund, Lynching at the Curve (119-120), Twed Days in St. Louis (143-144) Monday, October 6: Roark, Chapter 22 (WI), Fernlund, The Zimerman Telegram (185), German Dugouts (192-194), Posters from the Anti-Venereal Disease Campaign (194), Report on the Chicago Race Riot (210-213). -Exam one in class on Monday. -Primary source paper due in discusion section this wek. Monday, October 13: Roark, Chapter 23 (Prosperity and the Great Depresion); Fernlund, Mr. Paterson (247-248), Communism in the 1930s (251-253) Because of Fal Break there wil be no discussion section this wek Monday, October 20: Roark, Chapter 24 (The New Deal), and Best War Ever, beginning through chapter 4 Monday, October 27: Roark, Chapter 25 (WI), and Best War Ever, chapter 5 through end Monday, November 3: Roark, Chapter 26 (The Cold War); Fernlund, Communists in the US Government (331-333), Cold War Foreign Policy (343-345) -Best War Ever paper due in discusion section this wek. Monday, November 10: Roark, Chapter 27 (Postwar Consumerism); Fernlund, Describing My Arest (339-340), Help Wanted-Women (352-353). -Exam two in class on Monday. Monday, November 17: Roark, Chapter 28 (The Turbulent 60s); Fernlund, The Port Huron Statement (372-373), Black Nationalism (386-387). Monday, November 24: No reading asignment. No clas on Wednesday and no discussion section this wek because of Thanksgiving Break Monday, December 1: Roark, Chapter 29 (Vietnam); Fernlund, The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (380-381), The Splendid Litle War (383-385), The Invasion of Cambodia (407-408). Monday, December 8: Roark, Chapter 30 (Conservatism). Friday, December 12: Stop Day, no discussion sections (Wednesday and Thursday discussion sections wil stil met) FINAL EXAM: Thursday, May 15, 1:30 - 4:00 PM, Budig 130 Tim Miller Microsoft Word - Syllabus.doc
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