Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: HIST-1302 (Section: 2C, CRN: 92981)
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 By appointment
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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.

Brinkley, Alan. American History: Connecting with the Past, Vol. 2. 
Additional Materials/Resources None.
Corequisites/Prerequisites 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 Core Objectives:
●       Critical Thinking Skills: Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of information.
●       Communication Skills: Demonstrates effective development, interpretation, and expression of ideas through written, oral, and/or visual communication.
●       Social Responsibility Skills: Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
●       Personal Responsibility Skills: Integrates choices, actions, and consequences in ethical decision-making.

Lecture Topics Outline
The Conquest of the Far West
Industrial Supremacy
The Age of the City
From Crisis to Empire
The Progressive Era
America and the Great War
The New Era
The Great Depression
The New Deal
America in a World at War
The Global Crisis
The Cold War
The Affluent Society
Civil Rights, Vietnam, and the Ordeal of Liberalism
The Crisis of Authority

Major Assignments Schedule Class Assignment and Reading Schedule

Week 1
Read Chapter 16: The Conquest of the Far West
Read: Why Study History
Read: The Turner Thesis
Read: Women on the Western Frontier

Complete The American West assignment
Week 2
Read Chapter 17: Industrial Supremacy
Read Chapter 18: The Age of the City
Read: Atlanta Compromise
Read: Of Mr. Booker T. Washington
Read: Booker T. Washinton and W.E.B. DuBois: The Problem of Negro Leadership
Complete Booker T. Washington vs. W.E.B. DuBois assignment
Week 3
Read Chapter 19: From Crisis to Empire
Read: Theodore Roosevelt, President
Read: American Imperialism reference sheet
Complete Imperialism Assignment
Week 4
Read Chapter 20: The Progressive Era
Complete Journal entry
Week 5
Read Chapter 21: America and the Great War
Read: The U.S. Rise to Power and Wilson’s Decision for Entry into World War I
Complete Journal entry
Week 6
Read Chapter 22: The New Era
Complete Exam 1
Week 7
Read: Chapter 23: The Great Depression
Complete Journal entry
Week 8
Read Chapter 24: The New Deal
Read: What the New Deal Did
Read: New Deal reference sheet
Complete From the Progressives to the New Dealers assignment
Week 9
Read Chapter 25: The Global Crisis
Complete Journal entry
Week 10
Read Chapter 26: America in a World at War
Read: World War II outline notes
Complete Journal entry
Week 11
Read Chapter 27: The Cold War
Read: Containment
Read: Cold Conflict
Read: The Cold War at Home
Complete The Cold War assignment
Week 12
Read Chapter 28: The Affluent Society
Complete Journal entry
Week 13
Read: Chapter 29: Civil Rights, Vietnam, and the Ordeal of Liberalism
Read: Letters from a Birmingham Jail
Complete Journal entry
Complete MLK and Letters from a Birmingham Jail
Week 14
Read Chapter 30: The Crisis of Authority Complete Exam 2

Final Exam Date December 4, 2023 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 4, 2023 - 5:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B  70 - 79=C   60 - 69=D  Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Exams: (30%)
  • Exam 1: 15%
  • Exam 2: 15%
Journal: 10%
Assignments: 60% - 10% each.
Choose five (5) of the six (6) assignments listed below to complete.
  •        The West: 12%  
  •        Booker T. Washington vs. W.E.B. DuBois: 12%
  •        American Empire: 12%
  •        The Progressives to the New Dealers: 12%
  •        The Cold War: 12%
  •        MLK and Letters from a Birmingham Jail: 12%
A: 100-90       B: 89-80          C: 79-70          D: 69-60          F: 59-0
Your grade will be based solely on your performance on the above-listed grades. Late assignments are not accepted. 

Course Policies
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Attendance Policy 'None'
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Department Information
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Steven Zani
Phone:(409) 984-6431