United States History from 1877


  2. A. Course Title: United States History from 1877
    B. Course Number: HI 123 - 30180
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Litz, Stephanie
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: Virtual Monday: 5:00:00 PM-9:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Tuesday: 5:00:00 PM-9:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Wednesday: 5:00:00 PM-9:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Thursday: 5:00:00 PM-9:00:00 PM (MST);
    I look forward to working with you. For office hours, I am available via email, the chat tool within our course, and on Trillian/AOL Instant Messenger. My screen name is InstructorSlitz and you're welcome to contact me any time you see me online.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    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. 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.



    Required: America: A Narrative History (Brief Ninth Edition) (Vol. 2) - Authors: Tindall & Shi - ISBN-10: 0393912671 - ISBN-13: 978-0393912678 - Edition: Brief Ninth Edition


    Harbrace Essentials w/Resources for Writing in the Disciplines
    2nd edition

    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

    You will complete 8 Modules this term. Module Zero is a required start-of-term module which does count towards your total point value for the semester.

    Each of the 8 modules offer supplementary materials that are related to your chapter readings.

    You will have chapter quizzes, and/or discussion activities, eJournal writing activities, Historical Challenge writing activities, and a Final Exam to complete.

    Module Zero (0)

    Welcome! Introduce Yourself. . .(discussion)

    5 points for your introduction

    5 points for your reply to a fellow classmate

    10 points

    Module Zero (0)

    Acknowledgement of Course Schedule/Responsibility

    10 points

    10 points

    Module Zero (0) Watch Welcome Video from Mrs. Litz and/or Read Welcome Transcript from Mrs. Litz 10 points 10 points

    Module Zero (0)

    Syllabus Quiz

    10 points

    10 points

    Lesson Quizzes

    Eight (8) Module Quizzes (1 per module)

    40 points each

    320 points total

    Discussion Board

    Four (4) Discussion Activities (listed within the applicable module)

    35 points each

    140 points total

    eJournal Activities

    Four (4) eJournal Activities (listed within the applicable module)

    35 points each

    140 points total

    Historic Challenge Activities

    Four (4) Historic Challenge Writing Activities (listed within the applicable module)

    40 points each

    160 points total

    Final Exam

    One (1) Final Exam

    200 points

    200 points total

          1000 points total for the course

    There is no extra credit. Please do not ask.

    Practice quizzes do not count towards your grade.

    Grades are not weighted.

    Grades of 899 points, 799 points, 699, and 599 points are rounded up to the next point value/grade only when a student’s grade is at exactly the aforementioned point value and he/she has submitted all required work.



    The instructor will respond to student email within 24 hours on the weekdays and 48 hours on weekends.

    Grades for the course will be updated by the end of the day on Tuesday of each week.


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    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 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.


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    Canvas Assistance

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    Discussion Rubric

    When there is a discussion activity in a module, everyone must participate in the online discussion.

    1. Quantity of Discussion Posts
    • For full credit you must post your initial posting to at least ONE of the questions and respond to a minimum ONE of your fellow classmate's postings.

    • Be sure to properly cite any material you use.

    • DO NOT just copy and paste. . .formulate your own thoughts. I know what is on Wikipedia (which is not a scholarly resource for college students) and the rest of the Internet, I want to see what you think about the topic.

    • When responding to your classmate's posting, your response should be one that can continue the discussion. A response such as "Great job Jim, I like your post." will not receive credit.

    • Spread your postings out throughout the Module. Posting four times on one day will not fulfill this requirement. It is important that each student try to engage with the material and with the other students in the class, and the best way to do so is to engage in a true dialogue, which will require reading, posting, and waiting for a response before making another discussion post. Each student must make no less than four posts over no less than three separate dates for each discussion topic on the board. Posts made on the final day of the module will receive a deduction in points.

    2. Quality of Discussion Posts
    I will read all of the posts on the discussion board and I will evaluate the quality of those offerings based upon the following criteria:
    • Does each student engage the topic material, show an understanding of the principles and concepts involved, and synthesize this information into working models to prove this point?
    • Does each student explain and support each position with thoughtful, rational, properly supported academic arguments?
    • Does each student respect other student’s posts, and maintain a dialogue with other students in the class?
    • Does each student write on a college level with proper attention to spelling, grammar, punctuation, and show the ability to organize and present written papers?
    • Do the discussion posts consist of the bare minimum that is necessary to meet the basic requirements of the assignment, or does the student take the material to a higher academic level on occasion by broadening the discussion and introducing new information or resources to the rest of the class?

    3. Evaluating Discussion Posts
    The posts that each student will make in response to each discussion topic will be worth up to 12.5 points (12.5 x 2 = 25), which will be tallied according to the following elements.
    a. No less than 2 posts per topic (your main posting and a minimum of one reply to a fellow classmate's post).
    b. Proper spacing of posts over three or more days.
    c. Evidence of familiarity with topic and course material.
    d. Dialogue with other students during each topic.
    e. Taking and supporting a particular position in each topic.

    4. Things to avoid:
    Avoid these common mistakes when participating in threaded discussions.
    a. Posts that say “I agree” in so many words or less. Every substantive post must actually say something in its own right, and not rely on someone else’s posts for substance.
    b. Do not overload one topic or all the topics with numerous posts re-stating your own opinion or parroting information that everyone already has access to in the course. Balance your participation with the other students’ participation, and strive to make valuable contributions to the discussion.
    c. Be respectful of different opinions, and never resort to personal attacks on other members of the class. Feel free to disagree, but always do so in the proper, polite, academic fashion.
    d. Do not stray from the topic at hand and keep your posts focused.
    e. Do not write too much in each post. Think about what you are trying to say and then keep your response short and to the point. The longest post should not exceed two complete paragraphs of 5-12 complete sentences.

    Extenuating Circumstances:  If you have extenuating circumstances that prevent you from accessing the course or completing the required work, contact your instructor as soon as possible.


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    Chapters Covered

    Module Start & End Dates

    Work Due & Dates

    Module Zero (0)


    Monday, October 16 - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    • Module 1 will not open until all Module Zero activities are complete.
    • If you delay in starting Module Zero, you run the risk of falling behind and losing points.

    Module Zero activities are required and must be completed within the first 3 days of the term.

    Work not submitted by 11:59 pm Mountain Time (MT) Wednesday, October 18, 2017 will be counted as a zero.

    • Introduction Discussion = 10 points (5 points for your introduction and 5 points for a quality reply to one of your fellow classmates).
    • Acknowledgment of Course Schedule Understanding/Responsibility = 10 points
    • Watch Welcome Video from Mrs. Litz and/or Read Welcome Transcript from Mrs. Litz = 10 points
    • Syllabus Quiz = 10 points


    Module One

    Chapters 17-18

    Monday,  October 16 - Monday, October 30, 2017


    Module chapters quiz, eJournals, discussion board, and/or Historical Challenge.

    After the Module closes on Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 11:59 p.m. MT, work will not be accepted, no excuses/no exceptions. Do not wait until the last minute; you have had almost 2 weeks to complete the module. Work not submitted on time will receive a score of zero (0).

    Module Two

    Chapters 19-20

    Module Three

    Chapters 21-22

    Monday, October 30 - Monday, November 13, 2017

    Module chapters quiz, eJournals, discussion board, and/or Historical Challenge.

    After the Module closes on Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 11:59 p.m. MT, work will not be accepted, no excuses/no exceptions. Do not wait until the last minute; you have had almost 2 weeks to complete the module. Work not submitted on time will receive a score of zero (0).

    Module Four

    Chapters 23, 24, and 25

    Module Five Chapters 26, 27, and 28 Monday, November 13 - Monday, November 27, 2017

    Module chapters quiz, eJournals, discussion board, and/or Historical Challenge.

    After the Module closes on Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 11:59 p.m. MT, work will not be accepted, no excuses/no exceptions. Do not wait until the last minute; you have had almost 2 weeks to complete the module. Work not submitted on time will receive a score of zero (0).
    Module Six Chapters 29-30
    Module Seven Chapters 31-32 Monday, November 27 - Friday, December 8, 2017

    Module chapters quiz, eJournals, discussion board, and/or Historical Challenge.

    After the Module closes on Friday, December 8, 2017 @ 11:59 p.m. MT, work will not be accepted, no excuses/no exceptions. Do not wait until the last minute; you have had almost 2weeks to complete the module. Work not submitted on time will receive a score of zero (0).
    Module Eight Chapters 33-34

    Final Exam

    Chapters 17-34

    Saturday, December 9 - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    Your final exam is available. Once you begin the exam online, do not back out. Your exam is NOT proctored and you may use your book/notes.

    You will have 2 hrs.

    Multiple choice/True & False questions.

    The final exam closes on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 11:59 pm MT. Final exams not attempted will receive a zero (0).

    Final grades are due to NMJC by Monday, July 24, 2017.