This survey course traces U.S. development from the end of the Civil War until the present day. Students study post war Reconstruction in the South, the return of legal and social discrimination against African Americans, the advent and results of the Industrial Revolution, the making of modern capitalism, the increasing political and economic roles of women, the two World Wars, and America as a world power and multiethnic society.
- Understand the historical context for relevant contemporary political debates and attitudes.
- Understand the historical factors that gave rise to institutional change in European colonial North America and early U.S. society.
- Understand the historical factors that gave rise to various social/political movements in North American society.
- Understand the major social, political, cultural, and economic events in colonial, early national, and antebellum U.S. history.
- Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
- Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
- Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
- Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.