HIST 253 Spring 2013 History of the United States, 1865-Present

This course surveys themes and issues that inform the historical landscape of the United States after the Civil War and Reconstruction, from the late the nineteenth century to the present. With special attention to freedom and fragmentation, the course examines the dilemmas inherent to American democracy, including: westward expansion and Indian affairs; immigration and nationalism; progressivism and domestic policy; the expanding role of the United States in the world; race, gender, and rights; and the shifting terrains of liberalism and conservatism. The course also tunes into the connections between current affairs and the American past. Course materials include a range of primary sources and historical interpretations.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: two short papers and a take home final
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Prerequisites: none; open to all
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
Enrollment Limit: 40
Expected Enrollment: 30-40
Class Number: 3507
HIST253-01(S) LEC Hist of the US, 1865-Present Division 2: Social Studies Leslie Brown
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Griffin 7 3507
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