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 Social/Behavioral Sciences Department endorses the Core Competencies as established by the State of New Mexico. In compliance with the State Matrix, all histories have been placed in Area V Courses under Humanities and Fine Arts. Within our respective fields, as appropriate, students should:

    *A. analyze and critically interpret significant and primary texts and/or works of art (this includes fine art, literature, music, theatre, and film.) (Critical Thinking)

    B. compare art forms, modes of thought and expression, and processes across a range of historical periods and/or structures (such as political, geographic, economic, social, cultural, religious, and intellectual.)

    *C. recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods and/or cultural perspectives.
    (Critical Thinking)

    D. 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 student should be able to:

    Chapter 17--Reconstruction: North and South

    . Examine the War's Aftermath.
    . Describe the battle over Political Reconstruction.
    . Examine the assassination of Lincoln.
    . Explore the reconstructing of the South and its completion.
    . Examine the Grant years.

    Chapter 18--Big Business and Organized Labor

    . Explain the rise of Big Business.
    . Define Entrepreneurs.
    . Explore the Working Class.

    Chapter 19--The South and the West Transformed

    . Examine the Myth of the New South.
    . Define the New West.

    Chapter 20--The Emergence of Urban America

    . Describe America's move to town.
    . Define the New Immigration.
    . Define Popular Culture.
    . Analyze Education and Social Thought.

    Chapter 21--Gilded Age Politics and Agrarian Revolt

    . Define Paradoxical Politics.
    . Examine corruption and reform: Hayes to Harrison.
    . Explore the Farm Problem and Agrarian Protest Movements.
    . Examine the Economy and the Silver Solution.

    Chapter 22--Seizing an American Empire

    . Explore the developments toward the New Imperialism.
    . Explore the expansion in the Pacific.
    . Discuss the War of 1898.
    . Examine the Imperial Rivalries in East Asia.
    . Define Big-Stick Diplomacy.

    Chapter 23--"Making the World Over"--The Progressive Era

    . Examine the elements of Reform.
    . Define Social Gospel.
    . Discuss early efforts of Urban Reform.
    . Define the features of Progressivism.
    . Explore Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson's Progressivism.
    . Discuss the limits of Progressivism.

    Chapter 24--America and the Great War

    . Explore Wilson's Foreign Affairs and an uneasy Neutrality.
    . Examine America's entry into the War and the progress of the War.
    . Discuss the War's end and the push for peace.

    Chapter 25--The Modern Temper

    . Define the Reactionary Twenties.
    . Discuss the "Jazz Age" during the "Roaring Twenties."
    . Define Mass Culture.
    . Define the Modernist Revolt.

    Chapter 26--Republican Resurgence and Decline

    . Describe "Normalcy."
    . Examine Isolationism in Foreign Affairs.
    . Discuss the Harding Scandals.
    . Examine the New Era.
    . Explore the presidential details from Hubert Hoover to Franklin D. Roosevelt.
    . Describe Global Concerns of the period.

    Chapter 27--New Deal America

    . Define Regulatory Efforts.
    . Examine the social cost of the Great Depression.
    . Describe the culture in the Thirties.
    . Examine the New Deal and its legacy under Franklin D. Roosevelt's terms of office.

    Chapter 28--The Second World War

    . Explore America's Isolationism to Intervention.
    . Define the Foreign Crises.
    . Examine the storms" in Europe and the Pacific within the Second World War.
    . Describe the Mobilization at Home.
    . Describe the Social Effects of the War.
    . Examine the Allied drive toward Berlin.
    . Explore the "Leapfrogging" to Tokyo.
    . Examine the "New Age."
    . Analyze the final ledger of the Second World War.

    Chapter 29--The Fair Deal and Containment

    . Discuss the Demobilization under Truman.
    . Define the Cold War.
    . Examine the Civil Rights of the 1940s.
    . Explore the Cold War heating up.

    Chapter 30--The 1950s: Affluence and Anxiety in an Atomic Age

    . Define the "People of Plenty" in the decade.
    . Describe the Conformist Culture that had issues or cracks.
    . Define Alienation and Liberation.
    . Examine Moderate Republicanism--The Eisenhower Years.
    . Examine the early years of the Civil Rights Movement.
    . Define Foreign Policy in the 1950s with Foreign Interventions and Foreign Crises.
    . Examine the Eisenhower Presidency.

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

    . Define the New Frontier.
    . Describe the expansion of the Civil Rights Movement.
    . Describe Foreign Frontiers.
    . Examine Lyndon B. Johnson and the Great Society.
    . Examine from Civil Rights to Black Power.
    . Explore Vietnam and U.S. involvement.
    . Describe the impact of 1968.

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

    . Define the roots of Rebellion.
    . Describe Nixon and Middle America.
    . Explore Nixon and Vietnam.
    . Examine Nixon's second election win and the decline with Watergate.
    . Describe the unelected President Ford and his time in office.

    Chapter 33--A Conservative Realignment: 1977-1990

    . Examine Carter's Presidency.
    . Examine Reagan's Revolution.
    . Describe Reagan's First and Second Terms.
    . Describe the changing Social Landscape.
    . Examine the Bush Administration.

    Chapter 34--America in a New Millennium

    . Describe America's changing mosaic.
    . Examine the Bush to Clinton legacies.
    . Explore Clinton's two terms in office.
    . Examine the Republican Insurgency.
    . Describe Foreign Policy challenges.
    . Describe the election of 2000.
    . Define Compassionate Conservatism.
    . Define Global Terrorism.
    . Examine the 2008 historic election.
    . Examine Obama's first and second terms.
    . Current Events.


    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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    (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

    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)
    (All exams are to be taken in class during
    the regular class time by Scantron sheets.)

    Day Thirty-four Friday, November 10, 2017

    Exam Results (tentatively)
    Chapter 29 "The Fair Deal and Containment"

    Day Thirty-five Monday, November 13, 2017

    Second Exam Results.
    Chapter 30 "The 1950s: Affluence and Anxiety in an Atomic Age"

    Day Thirty-six Wednesday, November 15, 2017


    Day Thirty-seven Friday, November 17, 2017


    Day Thirty-eight Monday, November 20, 2017

    Discuss Rubric.
    Bring in books on the period in history.

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

    Day Forty Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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

    Day Forty-one Friday, December 1, 2017

    Chapter 33 "A Conservative Realignment: 1977-1990"

    Day Forty-two Monday, December 4, 2017

    Chapter 34 "America in a New Millennium"
    Current Event assigned.

    Day Forty-three Wednesday, December 6, 2017

    Finish up discussion over chapters.
    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.)