Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: HIST-1302 (Section: 01, CRN: 92664)
United States History II
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Instructor Information
Instructor Christina Wilbur
Email wilburca@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6349
Office Student Center - Room: 414
Office Hours MW: 11:00-12:00   1:15-2:30
TTH: 8:00-9:30    12:15-2:00

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Course Information
Description A survey of the social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of the United States from the Civil War/Reconstruction era to the present. United States History II examines industrialization, immigration, world wars, the Great Depression, Cold War and post-Cold War eras. Themes that may be addressed in United States History II include: American culture, religion, civil and human rights, technological change, economic change, immigration and migration, urbanization and suburbaniza
Required Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

You do not need to buy any textbooks for this course.  

The text, OpenStax: US History, will be available in Blackboard.
Additional Materials/Resources You will need 3 scantrons – 882-E
TSIA complete in reading
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
  • Create an argument using historical evidence.
  • Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources.
  • Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on this period of United States history
Core Objectives
Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and/or visual communication.
Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Lecture Topics Outline
Westward Expansion, 1840-1900
Industrialization and the Rise of Big Business, 1870-1900
The Growing Pains of Urbanization, 1870-1900
The Progressive Movement, 1890-1920
 The Age of Empire: American Foreign Policy, 1890-1914
Americans and the Great War, 1914-1919
The Jazz Age: Redefining the Nation, 1919-1929
The Great Depression. 1929-1932
Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932-1941
World War II, 1941-1945
Post-War Prosperity and Cold War Fears, 1945-1960
Contesting Futures: America in the 1960s
Political Storms at Home and Abroad, 1968-1980
From Cold War to Culture Wars, 1980-2000

Major Assignments Schedule History 1302: Class Assignment and Reading Schedule

Module 1 Please consult Module I (Chapters 17-21) in Blackboard to access the additional readings and required videos.
Week 1

Read Chapter 17: Go West Young Man! Westward Expansion, 1840-1900
Read: Why Study History
Read: Women on the Western Frontier
Week 2

Read Chapter 18: Industrialization and the Rise of Big Business, 1870-1900
Chapter 19: The Growing Pains of Urbanization, 1870-1900
Read: Sawdust City
Week 3
Read Chapter 20: Leading the Way: The Progressive Movement, 1890-1920
The West: assignment due Wednesday, September 13 by 11:59 pm.
Submit selections for Course Project by Wednesday, September 13 by 11:59 p.m.
Week 4

Read Chapter 21: The Age of Empire: American Foreign Policy, 1890-1914
Read: Theodore Roosevelt, President
Read: American Imperialism reference sheet

Booker T. Washington vs. W.E.B. DuBois assignment due Wednesday, September 20 by 11:59 p.m.
Submit materials for Course Project by Wednesday, September 20 by 11:59 p.m.
Week 5

Exam Review & Exams Exam 1: Chapters 17-21
Thursday, September 28
  Module 2 Please consult Module 2 (Chapters 22-25) in Blackboard to access the additional readings and required videos.
Week 6

Read Chapter 22: Americans and the Great War, 1914-1919
Read: Animals and Technology in World War I
American Empire assignment  
due Wednesday, October 4 by 11:59 pm.
Week 7
Read Chapter 23: The Jazz Age: Redefining the Nation, 1919-1929  
Week 8
Read Chapter 24: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? The Great Depression. 1929-1932  
Week 9
Read Chapter 25:  Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932-1941
Read: New Deal reference sheet
Week 10
Exam Review and Exams Exam 2: Chapters 22-25
Thursday, November 2
The Progressives to the New Dealers assignment due
Wednesday, November 1 by 11:59 p.m.
  Module 3 Please consult Module 3 (Chapters 26-30) in Blackboard to access the additional readings and required videos.
Week 11
ReadChapter 26: Fighting the Good Fight in World War II, 1941-1945
View: The Rise of the Nazi’s
View: Beaumont Race Riots
Week 12
Read Chapter 27: Post-War Prosperity and Cold War Fears, 1945-1960
Read: Containment
Course Project due Friday, November 17 by 11:59 pm.
Week 13
ReadChapter 28: Contesting Futures: America in the 1960s
Read: Letters from a Birmingham Jail
Thanksgiving Holiday:
Thursday, November 23: No TTH class
Week 14
Read Chapter 29: Political Storms at Home and Abroad, 1968-1980
Read: Gloria Steinem: Equal Rights for Women
The Cold War assignment due Wednesday, November 29 by 11:59 p.m.
Week 15
Read Chapter 30: From Cold War to Culture Wars, 1980-2000
Thursday, December 7: Exam Review
Week 16
Final Exams
Final Exam: Chapters 26-30
Tuesday, December 12
Final Exam Date December 12, 2023 - 11:0 AM   Through  December 12, 2023 - 12:15 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B  70 - 79=C   60 - 69=D  Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade

Three (3) Exams: 45%            Course Project: 45%                        Assignments: 10%

(You will choose one (1) out of the five (5) assignments listed below to complete).
The West
Booker T. Washington vs. W.E.B. DuBois
American Empire
The Progressives to the New Dealers
The Cold War
Your grade will be based solely on your performance on the above-listed grades. 

Course Policies
Instructor Policies Exams:  
You will take three (3) major exams in this course.  Exams will be a combination of multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions. Exam reviews will be provided a week before the exam but are only general overviews of topics. Makeup exams will only be provided in exceptional circumstances such as serious hospitalization or death in the family. Documentation may be required to take a missed exam.
Assignment Due Dates:
All assignments are to be turned in on time, but a two (2) day grace period is allowed. No assignments will be accepted after the grace period ends which is 48 hours past the posted deadline. You do not need to email me to take advantage of the grace period. Due dates are clearly noted on the syllabus. All assignment submission links will allow you to submit multiple times up until the due date if you find that you need to update an assignment before the submission link closes. This does not apply to the Course Project. There are no late submissions of the Course Project allowed. 

Assignments from a previous course or repeating the class:
You may not submit assignments that were created for another class. You also may not resubmit assignments from a previous attempt in the class. Assignments that are found to have been reused will receive a 0. All work must be your original work. You are not to use AI or other similar programs. If plagiarism or use of AI is suspected, students will be asked to discuss this matter with the instructor. 

Academic Integrity:
Academic integrity is essential to learning and I take it very seriously.   Academic dishonesty will not be accepted in this class.  Students are to submit their own work – not the work of others.  If you submit other’s work as your own or submit assignment using resources not allowed, not only are you jeopardizing your academic future, but you are paying for an education you are not receiving and, moreover, you are wasting your own time and energy in an effort not to learn. It is expected that students are submitting their own original work.
All student submissions are checked for plagiarism and use of any materials not authorized for use for an assignment is prohibited. Should this be an issue with any assignment you submit, you will receive a 0 on the assignment and, possibly an F in the class. The use of article rewriting tools, or other AI technology is unacceptable and will result in a 0 for the assignment. If there are indications of academic dishonesty, students may be asked to take a written, or verbal assessment in my presence. 
If an issue arises with your work, I do reserve the right to go back and reassess/regrade previously submitted work to see if academic dishonesty has occurred with previous submissions. Assigning an F for the course for plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty is at my discretion if the offence is flagrant or repeated.  Please note that I decide if an offence is flagrant or repeated – not the student. 

Attendance Policy Attendance is expected.  Excessive absences or tardiness will have a detrimental effect on your overall performance in the class. If a student has more than 6 absences, I reserve the right to lower a student’s final grade by one letter grade. Students are expected to arrive to class on time.
Additional Information
Institutional Policies
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Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
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COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
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Grievance / Complaint / Concern If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
Department Information
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Steven Zani
Phone:(409) 984-6431