United States History from 1877


  2. A. Course Title: United States History from 1877
    B. Course Number: HI 123 - 10322
    C. Semester: Spring 2018
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Thompson, Kori
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 129F
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2825
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 11:00:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 11:00:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Available at different times by appointment
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course studies the growth of big business and the accompanying problems; westward expansions; causes and results of World War I; the Great Depression of the 1930s and its consequences; causes of World War II; and the post war adjustments and prospective solutions. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course is designed for the student to gain knowledge of United States history. This course provides an introduction in history for the associate degree. It establishes the basis for further historical study for a humanities requirement for a student’s degree program.

    This course is a general education course with transferability to New Mexico schools, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year school



    In place of a textbook, this course uses online readings. These readings are available online on a computer, tablet, or smartphone with an internet connection at no cost to you and appear in Canvas. If you prefer to print out the readings for offline reading, set aside a budget for printing.


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    1) Exams (4 x 100) = 400 points
    2) Quizzes (10 x 10) = 100 points
    3) Discussions (8 x 15) = 120 points
    4) Suffragist biography = 180 points
    5) Critical thinking analysis (8 x 15) = 120 points
    a. Modern relevancy
    6) Video Questions (WWII and Cold War) = 70 points
    7) Library Hunt = 60 points
    8) Google maps entries, World War I to World War II (4 x 25) = 100 points
    9) Webquests (Labor and Vietnam) [2 x 50] = 100 points

    Total: 1250 points

    A = 1125-- 1250
    B = 1000-- 1124
    C = 875 -- 999
    D = 750 -- 874

    Extra Credit
    There may or may not be extra credit offered through the semester. If extra credit is offered, then students will be given plenty of notice and will have one week to complete. Extra credit can range anywhere from 10 to 15 points depending on the assignment and circumstances.

    Late Work
    All coursework is due at the beginning of class on the due dates listed in the syllabus, unless otherwise stated by the instructor. You will be given plenty of time to prepare your work in advance of the due date. Ineffective time management strategies on your part do not obligate me to give you more time on an assignment. However, I will give you up to three days past the due date to turn in the assignment for a reduce grade; for the first day overdue, I will reduce your grade by 5 points, the second day I will reduce your grade a total of 15 points, and the third will be a total of 25 points. After the third day, you will receive a zero for the assignment. If you are having trouble organizing your time, come and see me, or avail yourself of the resources on campus for college student trying to balance their coursework. If you must be absent from class on the date an assignment is due, it must be for a documented emergency or a documented university event, and you must turn in your work by 5:00pm the day the assignment is due.

    Make Up Work/Tests
    Make-ups are allowed only if students miss an exam due to athletics or are extremely sick the day of the exam. If students are sick and miss, then they need to produce a doctor’s note. Students are only allowed to make-up ONE exam for the semester. Make-ups will be administered at the end of the semester during final’s week, but not before. Students allowed to make-up exams will inform the instructor which exam needs to be made up no later than two weeks before final’s week. Failure to do so will result in the student not being allowed to make it up and receiving a zero. It is not the instructor’s responsibility to remind students of the need to make up an exam and which one. If student is an athlete and needs to make-up an exam their coach needs to email the instructor excusing them for that day and way. The instructor has the right to refuse to allow a student to take a make-up exam.

    I allow students to make-up one assignment for full credit if they receive a low grade; however, students have one week to redo the assignment for full credit. If not handed in within a week, the assignment will be recorded with the original score.

    Rounding Policy
    The instructor will round the final grade up IF the student is within .3 of the next percentage AND if the student has shown genuine participation within the course throughout the entire semester. The instructor has full discretion on whether to round a grade up.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's Humanities Department uses the Core Competencies established by the Higher Education Department in the State of New Mexico. By the end of the semester, students should be able to:
    • Analyze and critically interpret significant primary texts and/or works of art (this includes fine art, literature, music, theatre, and film).
    • Compare art forms, modes of thought and expression, and processes across a range of historical periods and/or structures (e.g., political, geographic, economic, social, cultural, religious, intellectual).
    • Recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods and/or cultural perspectives.
    • Draw on historical and/or cultural perspectives to evaluate any or all of the following: contemporary problems/issues, contemporary modes of expression, and contemporary thought.


    After completing this course, the successful student should be able to:
    · Generalize pivotal ideas, persons and events in America’s past.
    · Articulate key historical events and figures.
    · Analyze events of the past and their bearing on the present by utilizing various primary and secondary sources.
    · Integrate historical perspectives into personal citizenship/civic engagement.
    · Describe the contributions of influential historical figures, both well-known and lesser known, in American history.
    · Recognize causal relationships between the past and present.


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    Students are expected to attend all scheduled class and examination meetings. In compliance with federal policy, students who have not attended class in 14 calendar days will be administratively withdrawn by the Registrar. Students are also expected to maintain satisfactory progress in each of the classes in which they are enrolled.

    Attendance and punctuality are basic requirements for an effective highly detailed course. Beyond that, each person's frequency and quality of contribution to the class discussion will be assessed and reflected in the class participation score. If you cannot attend a class, it is a courtesy to inform your professor in advance if possible. Bear in mind you are now in a professional school, and a member of a learning community. Thus, you are expected to comport yourself as a professional person. For instance, be on time for class, do not leave the class while it is in progress for other than emergencies, turn off cell phones and be respectful of others’ viewpoints even if you disagree with them, and dress appropriately for a professional activity.

    If you should up to class later than 15 minutes from the schedule start time of class, you will be asked to leave for the day and will be marked as absent for the day. If you know that you will be absent due to illness or a family emergency, please let me know via email and we can set up a meeting to discuss what we covered during your absence. However, you must contact me immediately once something occurs and not a week later. If you know something is coming and you will not be in class, then you need to tell me as soon as you know. Failure to give adequate notice will result in the absence being unexcused.

    Email Communication and Etiquette:
    I hold office hours each week and you should use them whenever possible to discuss the course, to pose your questions, and to seek feedback. Outside of office hours, you may email me. I will usually respond to emails within 24 hours (except on weekends when there will be a much longer delay). If you don’t get a response from me in this time period – email again because it is highly likely I didn’t receive the message.

    • Please note: I do not respond to emails that contain questions that may be answered by: reading this syllabus, listening to/reading class announcements/emails, or attending class
    • If you have a complicated question, you need to come to office hours.
    • I will not respond to questions about your grade via email.
    • I do not respond to emails about exams or papers that are due the next day after 3 p.m. the day before the due date/exam date

    When you write to me, you need to treat it as if you are addressing a formal correspondence. Thus, some general email etiquette guidelines:
    • Begin your email with a formal greeting as if you were addressing a letter (i.e. “Dear Professor Grunder,”)
    • Use complete sentences in your email and proper grammar, capitalization, and punctuation
    • Be clear and concise – make sure your question or concern is evident
    • Sign your email with your full name and include your course number, meeting dates, and times (History 103, M/W, 12:30) so that I may easily determine what class you are in (I teach six classes, so this is important)

    Please note: If you fail to follow the above guidelines, I reserve the right to not respond to your email.

    Finally, the office phone: At the top of the syllabus you’ll find the phone number for my office. I only check the voice mail on days I am on campus, M-F (once in the morning when I arrive and right before I leave for the day). I will pick up the phone during office hours if I do not have a student in my office. However, this is not an effective way to reach me and should not be used unless there is a critical emergency.

    Non-Acceptable Source Material
    1. Wikipedia disclaimer: Each assignment requires you to cite information not common knowledge and that is specific, such as date, numbers, etc. This means you are required to use in-text citations or footnotes and a FULL bibliographic page that lists not only the URL, but also the author, title, date, and publisher. I DO NOT accept the use of Wikipedia as a credible source to be cited within your assignments. Information found on Wikipedia can be changed at any time by anyone for any reason and can be highly unreliable. This source type is a good starting point for research and can led you in the right direction to source; however, it is not the end all, be all, nor is it a stopping point. If a student uses Wikipedia and cites it as one of their sources I will count that as a non-source and dock five points from the assignment.
    2. Channel: Please refrain from using the History Channel and its website for your sources. While the History Channel and its content were once accurate and gave good information concerning a multitude of topics, it is no longer accurate for most of its content. The historians they cite and use are taken out of context and the overall information given is wrong, such as date, names, numbers, and basic information. I would refer you find an actual credible source for your research, such as journals, BBC (if nothing else can be found), books, and websites that end with .gov or .edu (these stand for government and education). If students have any problems finding information that is not from Wikipedia and I am more than happy to help. Look beyond the easily accessible and verify everything.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2018. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Week 1: January 16-19
    Introduction to the Course

    Week 2: January 22-26
    Reconstruction and Westward Expansion
    January 26: Library Hunt Assignment Due

    Week 3: January 29-February 2
    Industrialization and Urbanization
    Annotated Bibliography Due Feb 2

    Week 4: February 5-9
    Victorian America

    Week 5: February 12-16
    American Imperialism and Populism
    Biography 1st draft due Feb 16

    Week 6: February 19-23
    Progressive Era
    Exam 1 Feb 23
    Peer Reviews due Feb 23

    Week 7: February 26-March 2
    Great War
    Suffragist Bio final version due February 28

    Week 8: March 5-9
    Suffragist poster due

    Week 9: March 12-16
    Great Depression and the New Deal

    Week 10: March 19-23
    Exam 2
    Video questions due March 23

    Week 11: March 26-30—Spring Break—No Class
    Final Google entry due March 30

    Week 12: April 2-6
    Yalta Game

    Week 13: April 9-13
    Yalta Game
    Cold War
    Video Questions due April 13

    Week 14: April 16-20
    Civil Rights and Culture in the Vietnam Era

    Week 15: April 23-27
    Crisis of Confidence: the 1970s
    Modern Relevancy due April 25

    Week 16: April 30- May 4