United States History from 1877


  2. A. Course Title: United States History from 1877
    B. Course Number: HI 123 - 30082
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: T Th 8:00:00 AM - 9:15:00 AM
    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-9:00:00 AM (MST); 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Available at different times by appointment
    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. 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



    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 9780393912678


    All other material will be supplied by the instructor

    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

    Assignment Breakdown

    1. Attendance and participation = 100 points
    2. Lynch Laws and Segregation Analysis = 30 points
    3. Comparing Media Assignment = 30 points
    4. WebQuests (Labor and Vietnam) = 2 x 50 = 100 points
    5. Primary Source Analysis = 80 points
    6. World War II video questions = 25 points
    7. Cold War Geopolitical video questions = 25 points
    8. Cold War Behavior and Boundaries video questions = 25 points
    9. JFK and the New Frontier Analysis = 30 points
    10. Contextualizing the SNCC Analysis = 30 points
    11. Quizzes—10 x 10 = 100 points
    12. Discussions— (minimum of 6) (25 points each) = 150
    13. Exams—4 x 100 = 400 points
    14. Modern Relevancy = 25
    15. Reacting to the Past, Yalta Game: 150
    Total Points = 1300

    1) Attendance and Participation: see attendance and participation policy for further information

    2) Lynch Laws and Segregation Analysis:

    3) Comparing Media Assignment:

    4) WebQuests: Students will be directed to a website that requires students to read and learn on their own about the topic in question. Once students finish the websites that are listed, they will complete a chart or worksheet to turn in to the instruction.

    5) Primary Source Analysis: The primary source analysis is a short (two pages, double-space) essay that analyzes a specific primary source that seems interesting to the student. Students can feel free to use some of the ideas or questions discussed in class in their essays. Students find a primary source from the period this class pertains to (1865 to present) and will discuss the historical context, in which it was written, the author and their background/credentials, what exactly the source states and discusses, and the student’s own interpretation of the source. Students are required to find their own source, read it, and research it. The instructor will help point students in right direction, but cannot give sources or chose for them.
    6) Video Questions: Students will be required to watch short videos either in class or outside of class and complete the questions given. Students will then turn in the completed questions to the instructor.

    7) JFK and the New Frontier Analysis:

    8) Contextualizing the SNCC Analysis:

    9) Quizzes: While this course consists of sixteen weeks, there will only be ten quizzes given out through the course of the semester to ensure students are reading the required material, preparing for class, and paying attention during class time. Each quiz will be ten questions for ten points total over either the reading assignment or the previous lectures. Quizzes will be given in the first five to ten minutes of class. If you are not on time and within two minutes of class starting you will not be allowed to take the quiz and gain the points. I will not announce when the quizzes will be given, so make sure you are paying attention and SHOW UP!

    10) Discussions: There will be discussions periodically throughout the semester to engage and talk out the information being present through lecture and the readings. Each student is required and expected to read all the material assigned for the class period in order to prepare. If a specific discussion topic is scheduled, students will be notified in advance (the class period beforehand) for proper and full preparation. Each student will be given the opportunity to talk regarding the topic and will be respectful of everyone else’s opinions and/or questions. Each discussion is worth twenty-five points and there will be no less than six total this semester. In order to earn the full twenty-five points, students must speak either their opinion or ask questions; students who sit quietly and do not speak the entire time will be docked 2/3 of the total points for the discussion. If students are shy or have problems speaking in public, then they need to speak to the instructor to make alternative arrangement to participate. Anyone who is disruptive, condescending, curses or uses hateful speech, or becomes aggressive in any way towards another student(s) and/or the instructor will be asked to leave and will forfeit all points for the discussion.

    11) Exams: There are four total exams. Each exam consists of twenty multiple choice worth two points each, ten short answer questions for two points each, and one essay questions worth forty points for a total of 100 points. Students are given the entire class period to finish. Each student must have a blue book in order to take the exam; blue books can be found within the campus bookstore. Students are allowed to bring one standard, 3x5 inches index card to the exam with notes; however, whatever information is listed must be handwritten. You are allowed to use both sides. The instructor will go around the room and check each student’s card to ensure size and if handwritten. If a student is caught with hyped notes on the index card, the card will be confiscated and they will not be allowed to use anything for the exam. Each exam is only over the current unit and the “final” is not cumulative (will not cover the entire semester’s worth of material).

    12) Modern Relevancy: Students will choose one time this semester to present to the class concerning how a topic we are discussing is relevant in today’s society. Students will sign up with the instructor at the beginning of the semester. Students will be given a list of topics that will be discussed, along with the years in question, and it will be there job the next class period to present for five to ten minutes on how one of the topics discussed is still relevant today or has significantly shaped social, religious, political, or economic interactions and/or policies. Students will learn that history is still relevant and impactful in today’s society, even if you have to look for it, and continues to be important. Students will be graded on topic information (accuracy, analysis and critical thinking, creativity), presentation skills (tone, volume, audience interaction, etc.), and preparedness. Students only have to give one presentation and it will be in the first half hour to forty-five minutes of class.

    13) Yalta Reacting Game: This game explores the three-party diplomacy between the US, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union during the Yalta conference. For the past three years, these nations have been joined together into a Grand Coalition against Nazi Germany, but with victory in Europe close at hand and victory in the Pacific apparently inevitable, cracks have started to appear. Large delegations have accompanied Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin to the conference, and each attendee is determined to shape of the postwar world. Together, the players must decide the fate of millions of inhabitants of Eastern Europe, Germany, and East Asia. At the same time, they must work to ensure that the Grand Coalition – through the structure of the proposed United Nations organization – will continue to function after the surrender of Germany and Japan. Players will be guided by their national briefing books, which lay out their faction’s objectives on eleven different issues, which may be settled at the conference, but these are complicated by individual goals. Since all agreements must be made by consensus, developing a good sense of the objectives of other players is essential. By reading speeches and the minutes from earlier diplomatic conferences, players should be able to determine everyone’s motives and ambitions, but they must recognize that everyone is jockeying for position. When it comes time to compromise, they must make sure that their nation is not making too many concessions, but they must also recognize that if they do not give way on some issues, the conference will collapse. Through this exploration of the multi-polar grand strategy of the Grand Coalition players should develop a deeper understanding of the ideologies of the main Allied powers during the Second World War, the key decisions that were made at the end of the war, and the origins of the Cold War.

    Make-up/Late Work Policies
    Each week students will take a review quiz of the material covered during the week. These quizzes need to be done by Saturday at the latest. Students can complete the quiz at any time before the due date during the week. If a student misses the week’s quiz, it will not be reopened unless they have informed the instructor and provide a good explanation. The instructor has the right to either deny or approve a student’s request if missed. For assignments and discussion posts for every day late the instructor will deduct 10%. After three days, students will receive an automatic zero and will not be allowed to turn it in. If the student submits an assignment or discussion post after the three days, the grade will still not be changed.

    Extra Credit Policy
    Due to the online nature of the course there will be no extra credit assignments. Students are given the flexibility and convenience of independent instruction and time schedule.

    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.


    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.


    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.

    Parents/Grandparents/Guardians/Aunts/Uncles/and-others-who-care-about-you: You are adults: is not appropriate for your parents/guardians, etc. to contact me unless there is an extreme emergency (which prevents you from contacting me directly). By law, I may not speak to them or even admit that you are in my class (and yes, that’s true even if they are paying the bills).

    Instructor Class Policies
    Classroom Behavior
    1. CELLPHONES: All cell phones must be OFF or on VIBRATE by the time class begins. This is a courtesy to me, and to your classmates. Do not text in class—I can tell when you are texting. If it is that important, please get up quietly and exit the classroom to make your call or send your text message. Under certain circumstances, students may use their smartphones to look up pertinent information; please ask the instructor before you do so. Cell phones are NEVER allowed during exams. If caught using your phone without permission, there will be no warning, I will kick you out of class for the day.
    2. COMPUTERS: You may use your laptop to take notes during lectures, but NOT during discussion. However, be aware that frequent checking of Facebook, e-mail, Twitter, etc during lecture will disrupt your ability to listen effectively, and cause you to miss important information, no matter how good you are at multi-tasking. If I catch you using social media in my classroom, I will ask you to put away your computer and switch to paper note taking.
    3. MUSIC: No headphones, or any music device during class is acceptable! If seen with headphones in your ears, even just one, I will ask you to leave for the day after being given one warning. You cannot listen to lecture or your fellow students during a discussion activity if you are listening to music or have something in your ears. Under no circumstances are headphone/music devices allowed to be used during exams.
    4. PERSONAL RECORDING DEVICES: Lectures maybe recorded, but only after speaking to the instructor first and gaining permission.
    5. INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: Many of the topics in this course deal with themes that intersect with current political/cultural debates. When we discuss these issues, it is vital that classroom discourse remains respectful and civil. I reserve the right to terminate or redirect discussions that cease to be reasonable, polite, and productive. You have the following rights:
    a. Right to be heard: We are a diverse group of people with a variety of social, political, and religious viewpoints. All reasonable opinions deserve to be aired, however, this does not include shouting down other people
    b. Right to disagree: There will be numerous occasions where the instructor and students do not agree on discussion topics. Not only is this inevitable, but it is desirable. By hearing diverse opinions we are able to make informed choices.
    c. Right to respect: Students should take care that their speech is sensitive to others. Racially offensive, sexist, or derogatory language is in poor taste, and does not belong in classroom discussions.
    6. TALKING: It is highly disrespectful to talk amongst one another during lecture, unless on discussion days, when asked a question, or given a group assignment. If students are caught laughing and talking during lecture, students will be given one warning. If students continue, all involved will be asked to leave immediately and will not be allowed to come back to class until they speak with the instructor.
    7. CURSING: The use of curse words for any reason will not be tolerate and any student heard using such language will be immediately asked to leave and will not be allowed to come back to class until they speak with the instructor.
    8. SLEEPING: Students are not to sleep during class time. The first time a student is seen falling asleep, they will be asked to wake up and to move to the front of the room or may be told to stand in the back (pacing allowed) in order to stay awake. The second instance a student is seen falling asleep, the student will be asked to leave for the remainder of class and will need to speak with the instructor.

    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
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend 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.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    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.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

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

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. 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 Tuesday, November 21, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Tues, Aug. 22 Intro; syllabus, primary v. secondary sources

    Thurs., Aug 24 Reconstruction and Settling a Continent

    Fri., Aug. 25 Last Day to add or receive refund

    Tues, Aug. 29 Rise of Cities, Labor, and Industry
    Lynch Laws and Segregation Due

    Thurs., Aug. 31 Victorian Society

    Tues., Sept. 5 Political Shake Up and Populism
    Rise of Cities and Labor WebQuest worksheet due

    Thurs., Sept 7 US Enters the Word Stage: American Imperialism
    Debate: Is it right for US to have territories?
    Comparing Media Analysis Due

    Tues, Sept. 12 Progressivism
    Video: Children Who Labor (1912); Temple of Moloch (1914)

    Thurs., Sept. 14 Exam 1

    Tues. Sept. 19 The Great War
    Video: America Goes Over (1918); Why We Fight

    Thurs., Sept.21 1920s Culture

    Tues., Sept. 26 Brother, Can you Spare a Dime?: Depression
    Discussion: Was Hoover to Blame?

    Thurs., Sept. 28 New Deal
    Primary Source Assignment Due

    Tues, Oct. 3 World at War; America on the Battlefield: WWII
    Video: Letter from Bataan (1941); Battle of Midway (1942); Personal Cleanliness (1945); Fox Movietone News 25, no. 7 (Sept. 1942); Fox Movietone News 25, no. 22 (Nov. 1942

    Thurs., Oct.5 WWII Home Front and Race Relations
    Video: Victory is Our Business (1942); Supervising Women Workers (1944); Tuesday in November (1945)

    Tues. Oct. 10 Post War Establishments and Yalta Game Setup
    WWII Video Questions due

    Thurs., Oct. 12 Yalta Game

    Tues., Oct.17 Yalta Game

    Thurs., Oct. 19 Yalta Game: Debrief

    Tues, Oct. 24 Exam 2
    Game Reflection Due

    Thurs., Oct. 26 Cold War: Ideology and Geopolitics; Cold War: Commercial World
    Video: Make Mine Freedom (1948); Duck and Cover (1951); Destination Earth (1956); Our Cities Must Fight (1951); A Word to the Wives (1955); Design for Dreaming (1956); In the Suburbs (1958); American Thrift (1961); Kitchen Debates

    Tues. Oct. 31 Cold War: Rise of Middle Class: Behaviors and Boundaries
    Video: A Date with your Family (1950); Are you Ready for Marriage (1950); The Home Economics Story (1951); How much Affection? (1958); What about Juvenile Delinquency? (1955
    Modern Relevancy Due

    Thurs., Nov. 2 No Class

    Tues., Nov.7 Korea
    Video Questions Due

    Thurs., Nov. 9 JFK and the Space Race

    Tues, Nov. 14 Exam 3

    Thurs., Nov. 16 Civil Rights
    JFK and the New Frontier Due

    Tues. Nov. 21 Video: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”
    Contextualizing the SNCC Due
    Discussion: Civil Rights and Current Affairs

    Thurs., Nov. 23 Thanksgiving Break: No Class

    Tues., Nov. 28 Vietnam: Korea 2.0?
    Podcast Assignment Due

    Thurs., Nov. 30 1960s: Civil Unrest and Counterculture

    Tues, Dec. 5 1970s
    Vietnam WebQuest worksheet due

    Thurs., Dec. 7 1980-2000