History 1493-248. History of the United States since 1865

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History 1493-248. History of the United States since 1865

Spring 2013. Tuesday and Thursday, 11:35-12:55

Instructor: Bruce Niemi, Ph.D.

Office Hours: by appointment

302 Will Rogers Annex



TCC NE Liberal Arts Division – Ernie Evans, Dean


Course Description
HIST 1493 - U.S. History - Civil War Era to the Present

A survey of the unfolding of United States history from the Civil War Era to the present day. The study includes social, economic, and political aspects of American life and follows the development of the United States as a world power.


The General Education Goals are designed to ensure that graduates of Tulsa Community College have the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to carry them successfully through their work and their personal lives. General Education Goals relevant to this course include Critical Thinking, Effective Communication, Engaged Learning, and Technical Proficiency.


Roark, James L. et al. (2009). The American Promise: A history of the United States. 4th ed.
Loewen, James W. (2007). Lies my teacher told me: everything your American history textbook got wrong, Introduction and chapters 4, 7, and 9. These chapters are posted on course blackboard site.

Teaching Methods

Each week’s sessions will combine lecture and discussion. Students will be expected to read the assigned material – a combination of primary and secondary sources – on time and to be prepared to respond to discussion questions circulated in advance.

Reading material, assignments, discussions, announcements, and other information will be posted on the course’s Blackboard site. Check it frequently. You are required to post your comments, ideas, thoughts and reactions on the site between class sessions in partial fulfillment of class participation requirement. With the web site, discussion does not have to be limited to class time.
Other assignments are: two (2) essays. Both shall be at least 2,000 words (5 pages) in length and relate the assigned material to the other course readings and lectures. Word processing is required for the assigned essays. Please use Times New Roman or Arial 12-point font only. Double space all work, justify the type to the left, and observe proper margins. Staple the paper in the left hand corner. Students should save their work in several places and email a copy of the document to themselves.
The first essay shall be a review of the assigned introduction and chapters of Lies. Essay 1 is due on March 14. The second essay will be the student’s review of the one of the following books: (1) Eric Foner. Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 (1988); (2) David Haward Bain, Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad (2000); (3) Rebecca Edwards, New spirits: Americans in the Gilded Age (2006); (4) Paul T. McCartney, Power and Progress: American national identity, the War of 1898, and the rise of American imperialism (2006); (5) Michael McGirr, A fierce discontent: the rise and fall of the progressive movement (2003); (6) James N. Gregory, Southern diaspora: how the Great Migrations of black and white southerners transformed America (2005); (7) Amity Shlaes, The forgotten man: a new history of the Great Depression (2009); (8) E.B. Sledge, With the old breed at Peleliu and Okinawa (1981); (9) Ellen M. Schrecker, Many are the crimes: McCarthyism in America (1998); (10) James Miller, Flowers in the dustbin: the rise of rock and roll, 1947-1977 (1999); (11) Sara Evans, Tidal wave: how women changed America at the century’s end (2003); (12) Phillip Caputo, A rumor of war (1977); (13) Lisa McGirr, Suburban warriors: the origins of the new American right (2001); (14) Roger Daniels, Guarding the golden door: American immigration policy and immigrants since 1882 (2004); (16) Charles Payne, I’ve got the light of freedom: the organizing tradition and the Mississippi Freedom struggle (1995); (17) Luis Alvarez, The power of the Zoot: youth culture and resistance during World War II (2009). Essay 2 is due on April 28.
Also, each student shall submit a response to the weekly blackboard discussion posting.
In addition, students will be responsible for leading the class with lectures and class discussion on three portions of assigned chapters. Students will be assigned over the course of the semester up to three (3) sections of a period the class is studying (for example, agrarian worker revolts during the populist era). The student will present material concerning that period in a 10-min. lecture format using visual aids, handouts etc. and conduct a discussion of topic and its issues. This assignment is due on the day the chapter on the topic is covered in class according to the schedule on the syllabus.
There also will be a final exam. It will occur at 11:30 AM on Thursday, May 9, in accordance with the college’s final exam schedule for spring semester 2013.


This is a college class and as a student of Tulsa Community College students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the regulations of the college. Students shall familiarize themselves for information contained in the TCC Catalog, the TCC Student Policies & Resources Handbook, and semester information in the class schedules. The college adopted a policy delegating forms of authority to the faculty, including but not limited to the dismissal of disrespectful or disorderly students from class. Specific directions may include, but are not limited to:

This is the instructor’s hour and his leadership in the classroom shall be respected. Student’s questions and comments are welcome and shall be addressed in an orderly and appropriate manner.
Plagiarism is a major academic sin and considered dishonest and cheating. When the writer uses another writer’s words in quotation marks and the author shall reveal the source in the citations. Even if the student revises the creator’s words or ideas, it must be cited. In the case of plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty, an instructor may require the student to: resubmit the assignment or complete a substitute assignment; recommend to the student that the student withdraw or administratively withdraw the student from the class; record a semester grade of “F” for the student; or faculty may request that disciplinary action be taken against a student by the college administration by submitting a request to the Dean of Student Services.
All assignments must be completed and submitted on time. A letter grade will be deducted for each class period that the assignment is late. (For example, if the paper is due on a Tuesday but is not turned in until Thursday, one letter grade will be lost; if the paper is not turned in until the next Tuesday, another letter grade will be lost; etc.)
If absolutely necessary for physical comfort, the student may quietly leave and return to the classroom.
Private conversations are prohibited in class during lectures, films, discussions and presentations. Individuals conducting such conversations will be asked to leave the room and will receive an absence for that day.
No public displays of affection (PDA) toward members of the opposite/same sex will be tolerated in the classroom. Individuals acting in this manner may be asked to leave and will receive an absence for that day.
A total of four (4) unexcused absences during the semester will result in a reduction of one letter grade for the semester. Additional absences will result in administrative withdrawal of the student from the college and issuance of a AW or, after April 12, a F grade.
Cell phones shall be completely powered off. Texting is not permitted during the class period.
The classroom is not a study hall for this class or any other class. All work must be completed prior to the class meeting.


Performance evaluations will be made on the basis of a final exam and three unit exams, four chapter quizzes, two a book review and Lies chapter review essays, three chapter lecture/class discussion presentations, blackboard discussion postings, and class participation. Grades will be determined by the percentage of total points accumulated as follows:

Exams 4

720 points (180 each) – 51%

Chapter quizzes 4

200 (50 each) – 14%

Papers – 2

200 (100 each) – 14%

Blackboard participation – 15

100 (6.67 each) – 7%

Chapter presentations – 3

180 (60 each) – 13%


1400 points – 100%


90 - 100% (1260 – 1400)


80 - 89% (1120 – 1259)


70 – 79% (980 – 1119)


60 - 69% (840 – 979)


Below 60% (<840)


Occasionally changes to the syllabus are necessary. Students will be notified in writing on the blackboard site of any changes to the syllabus.

Topics & Assignments:





  1. Jan. 15


Roark 16

2 page paper due in class: your post-graduate career plans & how you’ll get there. 25 points

  1. Jan. 17

Reconstruction: 1865-1877

Lies - introduction

  1. Jan. 21

Martin Luther King holiday

  1. Jan. 22

Film: Birth of a Nation

Roark 17

Declaration of book to be reviewed for Essay 2

  1. Jan. 24

Securing the West

Lies – chapter 4

  1. Jan. 29

Roark 18

Quiz chapter 16, in class, matching

  1. Jan. 31

The Gilded Age: 1870-1895

Roark 19

  1. Feb. 5

Urbanization & industrialization: 1870-1900

Exam 16 – 19, in class multiple choice – 180 points

  1. Feb. 7

Film: Matwan

Roark 20

  1. Feb. 12

Populism & imperialism, 1890-1900

Lies – chapter 7

  1. Feb. 14

Roark 21

  1. Feb. 19

Progressivism: 1890-1920

  1. Feb. 21

Field trip: Blue Bell – Broken Arrow

Roark 22

Transportation provided. Parental release required.

  1. Feb. 26

World War I: 1914-1920

Lies – chapter 9

Quiz – chapter 21 – matching

  1. Feb. 28

Roark 23

  1. March 5

Return to Normalcy & New Era: 1920-1930

  1. March 7

Roark 24

Mid-term exam – multiple choice; 20 – 23.

  1. March 12

Depression & New Deal: 1929-1939

Quiz – chapter 24, in class, essay

  1. March 14

Film: The Grapes of Wrath

Roark 25

Response paper on Lies due

  1. Mar. 18-22

Spring Break – no class

  1. March 26

World War II: 1939-1945

  1. March 28

Roark 26

  1. April 2

Post war, Cold War I & Korea: 1945-1953

Exam – 24 – 26 – multiple choice

  1. April 4

“Dewey beats Truman”

Roark 27

  1. April 9

The Affluent Society: 1952-1960

  1. April 11

Age of Space & Science: 1942-1970

Roark 28

  1. April 12

Last day to withdraw

  1. April 16

The ‘60s: 1960-1974

  1. April 18

Film: The Candidate

Roark 29

Quiz – chapter 28.

  1. April 23

Vietnam: 1961-1975

  1. April 25

Roark 30

  1. April 28

Conservatism in America: 1964-1989

Book review paper due

  1. April 30


  1. May 2

Take home final

  1. May 9

Final exam

Final due – 27 – 29

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