United States History from 1877


  2. A. Course Title: United States History from 1877
    B. Course Number: HI 123 - 30080
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: M W F 8:00:00 AM - 8:50:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Emmerich, Patty
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: I will have office hours by appointment. Dr. E.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: MH125

    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. It provides a continuation in American History for the associate degree. The course 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.



    Tindall, George Brown, and David Emory Shi. America: A Narrative History Brief. Vol. 2. 9th ed. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2013.
    ISBN 978-0393912678

    Scantron Sheets – form #886E

    References: Additional materials supplied by the instructor.


    Glenn, Cheryl, and Loretta Gray. Harbrace Essentials. 2nd ed. USA: Cengage Learning, 2015.

    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

    Class instruction will consist of informal lecture, class experiential learning, and class discussion. The course will use supplemental reading, class demonstrations, presentations, and films. Grading will be based on examinations, projects, short assignments, and class participation. The examinations will consist of subjective and objective formats.

    It is imperative that you come to class having read the assigned chapters. With such preparation, you will be able to relate to and/or identify any problem areas that need to be addressed.

    The instructor expects tolerance for different points of view that may be held by some members of the class.

    Evaluation Breakdown
    First Exam (100 pts.---introduction, chapters 18-21)*Assessment
    Second Exam (100 pts.---chapters 24--28)*Assessment
    Project (100 pts.---critical review with rubric/videotape)*Assessment
    Classroom Assignments + *Assessment (80 pts.---short papers, such as Gossip Gazettes and Penny Dreadfuls, role-playing, such as the Progressives in 1912 political rally, discussions, current events, and debates)
    Participation (50 pts. such as hot box game and or scrabble sheet(s)with chapters 22 and 23, question/response, etc.)
    Final Exam (110 pts.---chapters 29-34, current events, and comprehensive items)
    Total Points: 540

    A grade486 -540
    B grade432 -485
    C grade378 -431
    D grade324 -377
    F grade0 -323

    Please note the + sign given in the "additional information" section for the classroom assignments.

    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, and 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.

    Selected Specific Competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery of the above.


    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 the present.


    The assignments with a + sign will have the following rubric to show grade breakdown.
    Prepared own material.
    Used your own "voice" in the project.
    Provided active participation.
    Focused as a team member.
    Showed proper connections.


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    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

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    (This is a tentative outline.)

    United States History from 1877 (44 days, 1 hour blocks.)

    Building: Mansur Hall Classroom: #125
    Time/Days: 8:00 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. M/W/F

    Day One Monday, August 21, 2017

    Chapter 17 “Reconstruction: North and South"

    Day Two Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    Chapter 17 “Reconstruction: North and South"
    "Gossip Gazettes" (briefly discuss)
    Canvas work as a class.

    Day Three Friday, August 25, 2017

    Chapter 17 "Reconstruction: North and South"
    "Gossip Gazettes" assigned and due next class. (assess)

    Day Four Monday, August 28, 2017

    Chapter 18 “Big Business and Organized Labor"
    "Gossip Gazettes" due.
    Discuss Worksheet/Review I. for part. pts.

    Day Five Wednesday, August 30, 2017

    Chapter 18 "Big Business and Organized Labor"

    Day Six Friday, September 1, 2017

    Chapter 19 "The South and the West Transformed"

    Monday, September 4, 2017-Labor Day-(Campus Closed.)

    Day Seven Wednesday, September 6, 2017

    Chapter 19 "The South and the West Transformed"

    Day Eight Friday, September 8, 2017

    Chapter 19 "The South and the West Transformed"
    "Penny Dreadful" assigned and due by next class.

    Day Nine Monday, September 11, 2017

    Chapter 20 "The Emergence of Urban America"
    Read Articles
    "Penny Dreadful" due. **Assessment.

    Day Ten Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    Chapter 20 ”The Emergence of Urban America"

    Day Eleven Friday, September 15, 2017

    Chapter 20 "The Emergence of Urban America"

    Day Twelve Monday, September 18, 2017

    Constitution Day--(Classes meet.)

    Chapter 21 "Gilded Age Politics and Agrarian Revolt"

    Day Thirteen Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    Chapter 21 "Gilded Age Politics and Agrarian Revolt"

    Day Fourteen Friday, September 22, 2017

    Chapter 21 "Gilded Age Politics and Agrarian Revolt"
    Worksheet/Review I. (part. pts.)

    Day Fifteen Monday, September 25, 2017

    Review with a hot box game.

    Day Sixteen Wednesday, September 27, 2017

    First Exam (chapters 18-21)
    (All exams are to be taken in class during
    the regular class time by Scantron sheets.)

    Day Seventeen Friday, September 29, 2017

    Exam Results (tentatively)
    Chapter 22 "Seizing an American Empire"

    Day Eighteen Monday, October 2, 2017

    Chapter 22 "Seizing an American Empire"
    Exam Results (If not seen yet....)

    Wednesday, October 4, 2017--Discover NMJC Day--No Class today.

    Day Nineteen Friday, October 6, 2017

    Chapter 22 "Seizing An American Empire"

    Day Twenty Monday, October 9, 2017

    Chapter 23 "The Progressive Era"

    Day Twenty-one Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    Chapter 23 "The Progressive Era"
    (Set-up Political Rally.)

    Day Twenty-two Friday, October 13, 2017

    Chapter 23 "The Progressive Era"
    (Role-play Presidential Rally of 1912.)

    Day Twenty-three Monday, October 16, 2017

    Chapter 24 "America And the Great War"
    Worksheet/Review II. (part. pts.)

    Day Twenty-four Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    Chapter 24 "America And the Great War"

    Day Twenty-five Friday, October 20, 2017

    Chapter 25 "The Modern Temper"

    Day Twenty-six Monday, October 23, 2017

    Meet in Mansur Hall #205--Video.
    Chapter 25 "The Modern Temper"

    Day Twenty-seven Wednesday, October 25, 2017

    Chapter 26 "Republican Resurgence and Decline"

    Day Twenty-eight Friday, October 27, 2017

    Chapter 26 "Republican Resurgence and Decline"
    Discuss Franklin D. Roosevelt Family.

    Day Twenty-nine Monday, October 30, 2017

    Chapter 27 "New Deal America"

    Day Thirty Wednesday, November 1, 2017

    Chapter 27 "New Deal America"

    Thursday, November 2, 2017--County-wide In-service. (Any evening classes will meet.)

    Day Thirty-one Friday, November 3, 2017

    Chapter 28 "The Second World War"

    Day Thirty-two Monday, November 6, 2017

    Chapter 28 "The Second World War"
    Worksheet/Review II. (part. pts.)

    Day Thirty-three Wednesday, November 8, 2017

    Second Exam (chapters 24-28)-- (Take-home)
    Chapter 29 "The Fair Deal and Containment"

    Day Thirty-four Friday, November 10, 2017-- No Class.

    Work on your Second Exam (Take-Home)
    Chapter 29 "The Fair Deal and Containment"

    Day Thirty-five Monday, November 13, 2017

    Second Exams Due.
    Video--Mansur Hall #205

    Day Thirty-six Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    Video--Mansur Hall #205
    Exam Results
    Critical Review Sheets--Discussion over the video and rubric.

    Day Thirty-seven Friday, November 17, 2017--No Class.

    Work on Critical Review paper
    Continue reading in textbook.

    Day Thirty-eight Monday, November 20, 2017--No Class.

    Work on the Critical Review.
    Continue reading in textbook.

    Tuesday, November 21, 2017--Last Day to withdraw from class.

    Wednesday through Friday, November 22-24, 2017--Thanksgiving Break--Campus Closed.

    Day Thirty-nine Monday, November 27, 2017

    Chapter 30 "The 1950s: Affluence and Anxiety in the Atomic Age"

    Day Forty Wednesday, November 29, 2017

    Chapter 31 "New Frontiers: Politics and Social Change in the 1960s"

    Day Forty-one Friday, December 1, 2017

    Chapter 32 "Rebellion and Reaction: The 1960s and 1970s"

    Day Forty-two Monday, December 4, 2017

    Chapter 33 "A Conservative Realignment: 1977-1990s"
    Current Event assigned.

    Day Forty-three Wednesday, December 6, 2017

    Chapter 34 "America in a New Millennium"
    Current Event due and discussed.

    Day Forty-four Friday, December 8, 2017
    Critical Review papers due.
    Review for Final Exam

    *Designates Assessments for General Education at the course level--Area V. Objectives/Competencies A,B,C, and D. Each assignment has a different competency being met to fulfill the requirements of the State Matrix.

    Final Exams are on Monday, December 11, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. (You must take them in our regular classroom with Scantron sheets.)