Office Hours: By Appointment
America From Lincoln To Trump
includes textbook, The Struggle for America, and 2 supplemental books, Documents in U.S. History, and Readings in U.S. History
Books available at bookstore or online from Nunn-McGinty Publishers
Your grade in this course will be based on your scores on three exams [which may include essays and IDs], two during the semester, at dates announced in class and on Blackboard ,worth 100 points each, and a final exam, worth 150 points. There will also be intermittent in-class, open-book quizzes, which we will announce ahead of time. Practice questions will be given out before the tests and review sessions with TAs will be scheduled.
Makeup Policy–read carefully. We do not want to get flooded with requests for makeups. Do everything in your power to be here on test dates. If you miss an exam due to verifiable emergency conditions, with proper documentation, there will be makeup tests given on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of the professor/TAs. On the day of your scheduled make-up, you will be required to make up all missing tests. The only excuses for missing that day will also be medical or other emergencies [not travel plans], for which you must provide written documentation. If you miss the makeup test, you will receive zeroes for those tests. Additionally, it is your responsibility to notify your TA that you have missed an exam and to schedule a make-up as soon as possible.
Make sure you attend class regularly and keep up with the assigned readings. If at any time you are unsure of the material we are covering, please ask the T.A. or me.
For information on Incompletes or other UH policies and requirements, consult the UH Student Handbook.
Questioning a grade: If you have questions or other issues with the grade you received on a test, this is the procedure to follow.
First, the TAs will not discuss your tests right after we turn them back to you (other than to correct a math error in the grading). Please look at your exam and wait a day before contacting your TA. Make an appointment with him/her and come to that meeting with specific questions and concerns and be prepared to specifically explain why you deserved a higher grade (do not simply say “I studied and thought I should have done better”). If the TA and you do not reach an agreement, the TA will re-grade the entire test and the score be increased, decreased, or stay the same.
If at that point you still are not satisfied, make an appointment with me and bring your specific concerns and questions and I will go over the exam and, as above, possibly re-grade it and give a new score accordingly. At all times be respectful and courteous toward the TAs , and the same is expected of their interactions with you. At the end of the semester, please do not send me an email asking for your grade to be raised because you need extra points to maintain your GPA or to graduate or for other such reasons. Again, any questioning of your grade must include specific questions or comments regarding the specific questions on the test.
Classroom decorum: Please put away your cell phones and any other devices besides a laptop. Be courteous and quiet.
Topics and Reading Assignments
The books will be listed as Struggle, Documents, and Readings
Background: Reconstruction, Capitalism, Labor Wars, Empire
STRUGGLE, chapter 1
DOCUMENTS, chapter 1
Imperialism, Markets, the Great War
STRUGGLE, chapter 2
DOCUMENTS, chapter 2
READINGS, chapter 1
The Aftermath of War Abroad and at Home
READINGS, chapter 2
DOCUMENTS, chapter 3
STRUGGLE, chapter 3
FDR and the New Deal
STRUGGLE, chapter 4
The Onset of War
STRUGGLE, chapter 5
READINGS, chapter 3
War, the Bomb, and Cold Wr
STRUGGLE, chapter 6
READINGS, chapter 4
The War at Home: Domestic Containment (Conformity and Counterculture)
STRUGGLE, chapter 7
DOCUMENTS, chapter 4
Taking the Third World, Origins of Vietnam
DOCUMENTS, chapter 5
Vietnam and the Transformation of American Life,
The Modern Civil Rights Era
STRUGGLE, chapter 8
DOCUMENTS, chapter 7
READINGS, chapter 5
Questioning Authority: The 1960s
DOCUMENTS, chapter 6
READINGS, chapter 6
Backlash and the Rise of the Conservatives
STRUGGLE, chapter 10
READINGS, chapter 7
Globalization and Militarism from Reagan to Clinton
READINGS, chapter 8
Economic Crash and Background to 9/11
STRUGGLE, chapter 11
DOCUMENTS, chapter 8
READINGS, chapter 9
The U.S., Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Middle East