US HISTORY 1865-PRESENT

 

History 146, Spring 2010

 

Instructor:  Mike Nagle

T/Th 9:30-10:50

ASC 357

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

This course will survey the history of the United States from the era of Reconstruction following the Civil War to the Clinton Administration.  It will focus on the political, social, and economic development of the United States as it rose to a position as a world power.

 

TEXTS

 

Paul Boyer, The Enduring Vision (recommended)

 

Upton Sinclair, The Jungle; Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried; & Three Blue

Books are each required

 

LecturePoint: free resource for supplemental lecture material available on-line:

          http://college.cengage.com/history/lecturepoints/index.html

 

GRADING

 

First Mid-term

17.5%

Second Mid-term

20%

Final Exam

22.5%

Summary/Analysis of either The Jungle, or The Things They Carried

15%

Quiz over The Jungle

  8.75%

Quiz over The Things They Carried

  8.75%

Discussion/Participation

  7.5%

 

OFFICE HOURS

 

M/W 8:00-9:00 AM; T/Th 2:00-3:00.  If you cannot meet at these times just let me know & we’ll find a time when we can meet.

          Phone:  (231) 843-5905; my office is Campus Center Room 757

          E-mail: mwnagle@westshore.edu

          Homepage:  http://www.westshore.edu/personal/MWNagle/

 

TUTORIAL ASSISTANCE

The Support, Tutoring, and Resource Services (STaRS) program is available to provide free tutorial, disabilities, and other support services to West Shore students. Contact either Diann Neil Engblade or Gail Kowalski at 843-5546 or extension 5546, or stop by their offices in Suite 761 in the upper level of the Schoenherr Campus Center

COURSE GOALS

 

1.     Students will be able to identify key individuals, groups, events, and issues from recent US history and describe their impact on the nation’s development.

2.     Students will be able to determine how events in the recent past have had an influence on contemporary issues.

3.     Students will be able to describe and evaluate the impact of social and political reform movements on the development of the US.

4.     Students will improve their analytical, writing, communication skills, and computer literacy.

 

COURSE OUTLINE AND READINGS

 

Note:  Specific dates for discussions, assignments, and exams are included in this calendar.  Some changes may need to be made, if so, they will be announced in class.

 

Section 1:  Reconstruction to the Roaring 1920s (1865-1929)

 

Week I

Jan 12, 14

Read Boyer Ch. 16, begin The Jungle

Course Intro & Reconstruction

Week II

Jan 19, 21

Read Boyer Ch. 17, The Jungle

Discussion 1/21:  Sand Creek Massacre & Avoiding Plagiarism

Last West

Week III

Jan 26, 28

Read Boyer Ch. 18, The Jungle

US at 1900

Week IV

Feb 2, 4

Read Boyer Ch. 19, 20, finish The Jungle

Quiz & Discussion 2/2:  The Jungle

Progressives

Week V

Feb 9, 11

Read Boyer Ch. 21, 22

Summary/Analysis of The Jungle due:  2/9

MID-TERM EXAM #1:  2/11

WWI & Exam

Week VI

Feb 16, 18

FACULTY & STAFF IN-SERVICE:  NO CLASS THIS WEEK

 

 

Section 2:  From the Great Depression to a World Power (1929-1961)

 

Week VII

Feb 23, 25

Read Boyer Ch. 25

Great Depression & New Deal

Week VIII

March 2, 4

Read Boyer Ch. 26, begin The Things They Carried

WWII:  Battle Front

Week IX

March 9, 11

Read Boyer Ch. 27, The Things They Carried

Web Assignment “Atomic Bomb” due: 3/9

WWII:  Home Front

Week X

March 16, 18

Read Boyer Ch. 28, The Things They Carried

Post WWII Society & Economy

Week XI

March 23, 25

Read The Things They Carried

MID-TERM EXAM #2:  3/25

Civil Rights & Exam

 

Section 3:  From Kennedy to Clinton (1961-2001)

 

Week XII

March 30, April 1

NO CLASS!!!  SPRING BREAK

 

Week XIII

April 6, 8

Read Boyer Ch. 28, The Things They Carried

Kennedy & Johnson

Week XIV

April 13, 15

Read Boyer Ch. 29, finish The Things They Carried

Vietnam

Week XV

April 20, 22

Read Boyer Ch. 30, finish The Things They Carried

Quiz & Discussion 4/20:  The Things They Carried

Nixon

Week XVI

April 27, 29

Read Boyer Ch. 31, 32

Summary/Analysis of The Things They Carried due in class: 4/27

Carter & Reagan

Week XVII

May 4, 6

FINAL EXAM DATE:  5/6

Toward A New Century, Exam

 

POLICIES

 

1.     Exams can only be made up if arrangements are made PRIOR to the exam dates.  Students have up to two weeks to make up missed exams, or they CANNOT be made up.  If you are sick or have experienced an emergency contact me, prior to or the day of an exam, to let me know so that we can determine when/if a make-up can be administered.  If a make-up is administered, it will be an all-essay exam.

2.     Incompletes are only used in an emergency and students must have completed at least 50% of the course with a 70% or above to receive an Incomplete.

3.     There will be several discussion sessions during the term, much of it will take place in small groups.  To earn at least a “C” students must attend every discussion session.  To earn a higher grade, students must participate in each session. Web assignments and possible questions concerning movies seen in class will also be included in the discussion grade.

4.     Attendance for each class meeting is mandatory.  It will not be taken as a part of your grade on lecture days (only for discussions), and there is no set penalty for missing lectures, but much of the course material is presented in lecture and final grades will reflect each student's attendance record.  Students are responsible for ALL information presented in class, including such announcements as changes in exam, assignment, or discussion dates.

5.     Making it to class on time is very important as lateness can distract everyone enrolled in class.  You are all paying a lot of money to be here.  Please give your fellow students the courtesy of arriving to class on time everyday.  If you have an appointment or other conflict, schedule it outside of class time; do not leave in the middle of class except in an emergency as this will interrupt the learning environment for all other students.

6.     Please turn all cell phones and pagers off while in class.  They are a potential distraction to everyone.

7.     Plagiarism can be defined as “to steal and use the ideas and writings of another as one’s own” (American Heritage Dictionary).  Written assignments must acknowledge when a direct quote is taken or another person’s ideas are paraphrased.  If a source is not cited, this is plagiarism.  Copying another student's ideas and/or paper is cheating.  Sometimes the class will work together in groups, but each student must turn in their own paper with their own ideas.  If you are unsure what you should do, ask me.  Copying another student's answers and/or bringing crib notes are cheating.  All exams are closed note/closed book (with the exception of quizzes over each book).  Plagiarism and/or cheating are grounds for failing an exam, assignment, or even the entire course.  If you are unsure what to do please ask.

 

EXAMS AND WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS

 

There will be two mid-terms and one final exam.  The format of the exams will include all or some of the following:  essay, matching, short answer, and “time periods.”  The mid-terms and final will be based primarily on lecture material, but students are responsible for information included in the required readings, handouts, discussions, and films.  There also will be two quizzes during the semester over each of the required books.  These quizzes are open note & open book.  Students may use any handwritten (not photocopied or typed) notes they have written to help with this quiz.  Make-ups for the quiz will not be multiple choice.  The text is recommended reading for this class, but you will not be tested on anything from the text that is not covered in class.  Use the text to fill in any “gaps” in lecture notes.  A set of questions will be handed out for the additional writing assignments.  Correct grammar and spelling are important.

 

GRADING POLICY

 

Late assignments are accepted for up to one week, but they are penalized 10% for the first late day, and 5% for each additional late day.  If you want, you may turn in papers as an e-mail attachment.  They must be turned in by 11:59 PM the date they are due.  Students (not me!) are responsible for sending the attachments correctly. You will receive an e-mail from me within 24 hours letting you know I’ve received the attachment, if you don’t receive an e-mail confirming my receipt, that means I didn’t receive it.  Any “glitches” can lead to penalties for late papers.

 

A

94-100

 

Superior work; essays contain strong thesis and logical argument; includes analysis, supporting facts and relevant information; well organized and well written.  Includes information from lectures, outside readings, films, speakers, and discussions.

A-

90-93

B+

88-89

Above average work; essays contain strong thesis, but might lack focus and organization; includes analysis; generally well written and argued; information is strong but missing some points; arguments could use more support.

B

84-87

B-

80-83

C+

78-79

Average work; essays contain no thesis or thesis is weak; pertinent information is included, but could use more evidence and stronger organization; understanding of course content is shown but contains little analysis.

C

74-77

C-

70-73

D+

68-69

Poor work; essays lack coherent argument and are poorly written; information is missing and/or incorrect.

D

64-67

D-

60-63

F

Below 60

Failure; lacking correct information; lack of effort is shown.