Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: HIST-1302- Section: 71B
United States History II
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Instructor Information
Instructor Charles Jehlen
Phone(409) 984-6102
Location:Madison Monroe Education - Room: 119A
Hours:Monday 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM via Zoom – Meeting Number 829 9412 5767
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
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
Prerequisites None.
Learning Outcomes Students will be able to:
1.    Relate the effects of the closing of the frontier.
2.    Identify how the United States emerged as an industrial power and its impact on business owners, farmers, workers, and immigrants.
3.    Analyze the development of United States foreign policy through the age of imperialism and World War I.
4.    Trace the causes of the Great Depression and the measures enacted to aid the economy.
5.    Describe the role of the United States in World War II and the Cold War.
6.    Chronicle the stages of American cultural movements and politics after the world wars.
7.    Understand how the United States came to realize the limits of being a political, economic, and military superpower.
8.    Create an argument using historical evidence.
9.    Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources.
10.    Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on this period of United States history.
Core Objectives Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLO)/Core Objectives:
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of information.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills – Demonstrates effective development, interpretation, and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
PSLO 4: Teamwork Skills- Shows the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.
PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
PSLO 6: Personal Responsibility Skills – Integrates choices, actions, and consequences in ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
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.

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.
Textbook: The American Yawp is a free online textbook found at: http://www.americanyawp.com/
    A printable PDF version of the textbook can be accessed at:
Reader: The American Yawp Reader is a free online resource found at:
Access to these materials is also available within Blackboard.
Lecture Topics
Unit – The Gilded Age
1/19 – 1/24: History 1302 Pre-Test; The American Yawp and Reader Chapter 16 – “Capital and Labor”; The Industrial Economy; A New Corporate Order; Gilded Age Politics.
1/25 – 1/31: The American Yawp and Reader Chapter 17 – “The West”; Westward Expansion; The Legendary Frontier; Unit Quiz.

Unit – The Progressive Era
2/1 – 2/7: The American Yawp and Reader Chapter 18 – “Life in Industrial America”; Growth, Cities, and Immigration; The Age of the City; The Progressive Era I.
2/8 – 2/14: The American Yawp and Reader Chapter 20 – “The Progressive Era”; Progressive Presidents; Political Stalemate; The Progressive Era II; Unit Quiz.

Unit – Rise of a World Power
2/15 – 2/21: The American Yawp and Reader Chapter 19 – “American Empire”; American Imperialism; Imperial Ambition; Warrior to Priest.
2/22 – 2/28: The American Yawp and Reader Chapter 21 – “World War I and its Aftermath”; The Road to War; America in World War I; To End All Wars; Unit Quiz.

Unit – Roaring Twenties
3/1 – 3/7: The American Yawp and Reader Chapter 22 – “The New Era”; Women’s Suffrage; The Roaring 20s; The 1920s Beyond the Glitter; Unit Quiz.

Unit – The Great Depression and the New Deal
3/8 – 3/14: The American Yawp and Reader Chapter 23 – “The Great Depression”; The Great Depression; Hard Times; The New Deal; A Chaos of Experimentation; Between the Wars; Unit Quiz.

3/15 – 3/21: Spring Break. Core Project Essay; Core Project Script; Core Project Video.

Unit – World War II
3/22 – 3-28: The American Yawp and Reader Chapter 24 – “World War II”; World War II, Part 1; World War II, Part 2 The Homefront; A Nation at War; Taking the Offensive; Unit Quiz.

Unit – Early Cold War
3/29 – 4/4: The American Yawp and Reader Chapter 25 – “The Cold War”; The Cold War; The Collapse of Peace; The Cold War in Asia.
4/5 – 4/11: The American Yawp and Reader Chapter 26 – “The Affluent Society”; Civil Rights and the 1950s; Fallout; The Way We Were; The Other Nation; Unit Quiz.

Unit – Vietnam and the 1960s
4/12 – 4/18: The American Yawp and Reader Chapter 27 – “The Sixties”; The 1960s in America; The Rise of Conservatism; Restless Society; A Nation Torn.
4/19 – 4/25: The American Yawp and Reader Chapter 28 – “The Unraveling”; Crisis of Authority; Ford, Carter, and the Economic Malaise; Determined to be Heard; Unit Quiz.

Unit – End of the Cold War
4/26 – 5/2; The American Yawp and Reader Chapter 29 – “The Triumph of the Right”; The Reagan Revolution; Right Turn; George HW Bush and the End of the Cold War; The Clinton Years, or the 1990s; Unit Quiz.

Unit - Into the 21st Century
5/3 – 5/9: The American Yawp and Reader Chapter 30 – “The Recent Past”; World of Uncertainty; Terrorism, War, and Bush 43; Obamanation.
5/10 – 5/12: History 1301 Final Quiz. Final Grade issued on 5/13.
Major Assignments

Core Project:
The Core Project will be a research assignment on the proposed abolition of the Electoral College. Students will research and write an essay with the arguments for and against the proposal. Students will create a play of two historical figures debating the proposal. Each group will submit a video of their play.
Final Exam Date May 10, 2021 - 8:0 AM   Through  May 12, 2021 - 7:0 PM
Grading Scale Please keep up with your grades. Students should keep all copies of graded and ungraded work until course grades have been submitted at the end of the semester. A current running average is always available to you in the ‘Current Class Average’ of Blackboard. Your grade will be based solely on your performance on the above listed grades. Additionally, all grades will be posted in Blackboard in a timely manner. Please make sure to read the comments sections included with your grade and, additionally, read the comments on your submitted assignments as I may make comments in either place. It is your responsibility to read comments and assessment notes and to make the suggested changes in the future. Graded submissions are timed and will be completed in Blackboard. All graded submissions are due by 11:59 pm on the due date. Make sure you have a stable internet connection before you begin a graded submission.
Determination of
Final Grade
Eleven (11) Quizzes: (45%)     Each quiz is worth 300 points.
One (1) Core Project: (8%)     This is a research / video project worth 600 points.
Thirty-Five (35) Assignments: (47%)     Each assignment is worth 100 points
Quizzes total = 3300 points
Core Project = 600 points
Assignments total = 3500 points    7400 points total available.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Email:
Students should put LSCPA History 1302 and the section number in the subject line of any email. Identifying your class and section is a good practice in communicating with any instructor. Since we will communicate extensively through email, it is important that students be aware of the tone and structure of their correspondence. All emails should include a greeting, a clear statement of the question or inquiry, your name, and include proper spelling and grammar. 'Texting' abbreviations, lack of punctuation and 'i' are not acceptable. I enjoy getting to know my students through email so please do not hesitate to contact me. All email must come from the student's assigned Lamarpa.edu email address. Emails received in the evening will not get a response until the next day. I strive to reply to email promptly and within 24 hours.
Attendance Policy Class Attendance:
Students are required to log-on to Blackboard daily to stay current regarding class announcements, assignment and quiz dates, and to complete readings, etc. If a student fails to log in on a regular basis, I will assume you are no longer participating in the class and may administratively drop you from the class. Additionally, failure to log in will affect attendance requirements for financial aid, if applicable.

Time Requirements for this Course:
An online class is not an ‘easier’ class. The time requirements for an online class are like a face-to-face class. The standard expectation for a college level class is approximately 10-12 hours a week. A class that is a 3-hour credit class will require 3 hours outside study time for each hour in class. Our class is considered a 3-hour credit class and therefore the additional study/working on assignments time is applicable. Please make sure to adjust your schedule accordingly.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus E-mail and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal (My.LamarPA.edu). When you've logged in, click the email icon in the upper right-hand corner to check email, or click on the "My Courses" tab to get to your Course Homepage. Click the link to your course and review the information presented. It is important that you check your email and Course Homepage regularly. You can also access your grades, transcripts, and determine who your academic advisor is by using MyLSCPA.
Other Technology Responsibility:
It is assumed that students registered for an online class are proficient with the
technological/computer requirements and the Blackboard system. A lack of computer proficiency is not an excuse for the failure to submit assignments, etc. It is your responsibility to understand how to navigate Blackboard, upload files, view video, etc. Additionally, students should be aware that much of the responsibility in mastering the material falls to the student. Should you believe that these aspects of the course will be problematic, then it is suggested that you register for an in-class section of the course.

Unit Reviews:
Unit Reviews with terms, personalities, and essay topics are posted at the start of each unit.
Quizzes will consist of discussion/essay questions and multiple choice/short answer questions. Students are allowed two (2) days to complete the quiz. Quizzes will cover material from your textbook, reading materials, and video presentations. I will not contact you to find out why you missed an exam and late submissions are not accepted.
If you try to take a quiz having neither read the material or taken notes on the video lectures nor studied the material thoroughly – you will not be successful. Additionally, please plan accordingly when allowing time to complete your quizzes. Generally, quizzes consist of three 1 ½ - 2 page essay questions with short answer and multiple choice sections. Students are expected to follow the directions given for the quiz regarding submission, formatting, length, etc.

Assignments are usually worksheets associated with a video or a reading. Assignments will vary based on the source material, so it is especially important that you read the directions for each assignment carefully.
Late Work:
Late work is not accepted without approval by your school district. The most recent example occurred during a hurricane in Fall 2020 when public schools and LSCPA were closed.

Redo Work:
Any failed assignment may be redone within a deadline set by me. The maximum grade given on a redo is 60%. Email me if you want to take advantage of this opportunity. Effort is always rewarded.

Extra Credit:
Extra credit assignments are offered. Each is listed in Blackboard. You may choose to complete it or not. It must be completed by the due date. To receive the extra credit, you must meet the standards set out in the assignment and rubric to a level that illustrates diligence and excellence. A sub-par submission will not receive credit.

Suggestions for the course:
This class moves very quickly and there is little time to catch up if you get behind. Deadlines are firm. Make it a priority to read daily and to stay on schedule with the readings, videos, quizzes, and
assignments. These take time. Additionally, remember that you not only have to read the material, but you also must make time to study the material. I recommend that students print out the assignment schedule and refer to it daily and plan their schedules accordingly.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Academic Affairs
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

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.