Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Summer II 2016 Course Syllabus

HIST-1302-01 - US Hist II

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Faculty Information
SemesterSummer II 2016
InstructorWilbur, Christina Annette
Phone(409) 984-6394
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Phone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:10:00-11:00 am M-Th and by appointment during summer session
Building:Student Center (SC)
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Course Information
Course Number70007
Course 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 suburbanization, the expansion of the federal government, and the study of U.S. foreign policy.
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks Required Materials:
Kennedy, D. The American Pageant, Volume II. (Cengage) Any edition.

Bryson, B. One Summer, America 1927. (Doubleday) Any edition.

Algeo, M. Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip.
(Chicago Review Press) Any edition.

Students are responsible for obtaining the required course material in a timely manner. You may purchase, rent, or borrow any of the material listed below from any source you choose: LSC-PA bookstore, online bookseller, public library, etc. Copies of the text and all readers are available in the reserve section of the Gates Memorial Library.

Attendance Policy Students are encouraged to attend class daily. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of class and tardiness is not acceptable. You were aware of the class meeting time when you registered for the class and it is expected that you will arrive on time. Class begins at 8:00 am - not 8:05 am. If you are absent, please contact a classmate to get the necessary information. Do not email me and ask if you missed anything important. Yes, yes you did. I strongly suggest that you get the contact information of a classmate.
Additionally, failure attend will affect attendance requirements for financial aid, if applicable.
Course Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of Final Grade Three (3) Exams: (60%)
Two (2) Book Reviews: (40%)

Please keep up with your grades. Students should keep all copies of graded work until course grades have been submitted at the end of the semester. 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.

Your current class average is always available to view in Blackboard under the Current Class Average tab. It is your responsibility to read comments and assessment notes and to make the suggested changes on future assignments / exams / papers.

Should you score below a 60 on your first exam, students are required to make an appointment with me so that we can discuss your exam, ways to improve your grade and study methods. This is not optional.
Final Exam Date August 11, 2016 - 8:00 AM   Through  August 11, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Major Assignments Due Dates for Exams and Book Reviews:
Exam I: Wednesday, July 20th (8:00-9:00)
Exam II: Thursday, July 28th (8:00-9:00)
Final Exam: Thursday, August 11th (8:00-10:00)
Book Review I: One Summer: Monday, July 25th
Book Review II: Harry Truman: Thursday, August 4th
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates
Week I: Monday, July 11th - Thursday, July 14th

Welcome to class and Blackboard orientation
Chapter 22: The Ordeal of Reconstruction
Slavery by Another Name
(watch this by Exam I)
Recommended: Begin reading One Summer, America 1927

24: Industry Comes of Age

Chapter 25: America Moves to the City
Discuss Book Review Instructions

Thursday: Class begins at 9:00 am today only!
Chapter 26: The Great West and the Agricultural Revolution

Week 2 - Monday, July 18th - Thursday, July 21st

Chapter 26: The Great West and the Agricultural Revolution (continued)
Article: Women on the Western Frontier - discuss in class Monday
Chapter 27: Empire and Expansion

Chapter 28: Progressivism and Republican Roosevelt
Chapter 29: Wilsonian Progressivism at Home and Abroad

Exam I - 8:00-9:00
Chapter 30: The War To End War
Video: (In class) Shell Shock

Chapter 30: The War To End War (continued)

Week 3 - Monday, July 25th - Thursday, July 28th

Book Review I due: One Summer, 1927
Chapter 31: American Life in the Roaring Twenties
Suggested: Begin reading Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure

Chapter 32: The Politics of Boom and Bust

Chapter 33: The Great Depression and the New Deal
Video: (In class) The Crash The Crash of 1929

Exam II (8:00-9:00)
Chapter 34: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Shadow of War
Article: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Polio - discuss in class Thursday

Week 4 - Monday, August 1st - Thursday, August 4th

Chapter 34: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Shadow of War (continued)
Chapter 35: America in World War II

Chapter 35: America in World War II (continued)

Chapter 36: The Cold War Begins

Book Review II due : Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure
Chapter 37: The Eisenhower Era

Week 5 - Monday, August 8th - Thursday, August 11th

Chapter 37: The Eisenhower Era (continued)
Chapter 38: The Stormy Sixties
Article: Letters from a Birmingham Jail - discuss in class Monday

Chapter 38: The Stormy Sixties (continued)
Video: (In class) The Children’s March

Chapter 39: The Stalemated Seventies

Final Exam (8:00-10:00)

General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Communication skills:Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and 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.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.

PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills ďż˝ Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.

PSLO 2: Communication Skills ďż˝ Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.

PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.

Identifies cultural characteristics (including beliefs, values, perspectives and/or practices); demonstrates knowledge of civic responsibility; provides evidence of experience in civic- engagement activities; and describes what she/ he has learned as it relates to a reinforced and clarified sense of civic identity in local, regional, national, or global communities; and shows awareness of one�s own culture in relation to others.

PSLO 6: Personal Responsibility Skills ďż˝ Integrates choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision-making.
Recognizes ethical issues when presented in a complex, multilayered (gray) context; recognizes cross- relationships among the issues; discusses in detail/ analyzes core beliefs; the discussion has greater depth and clarity showing the independent application of ethical perspectives/ concepts to an ethical question accurately; and is able to consider full implications of the application.

Course Student Learning Outcomes Student Outcomes: At the end of the course students will be expected to:

1. Relate the effects of the closing of the frontier (PSLO 1,5, 6, Alpha) Measured by: embedded test questions, group discussion; pre-test/post-test

2. Identify how the United States emerged as an industrial power and its impact on business owners, farmers, workers, and immigrants. (PSLO 1,2, 5, Alpha) Measured by: embedded test questions or short essay, group discussion; pre-test/post-test

3. Analyze the development of US foreign policy through the age of imperialism and WWI.(PSLO 1,5, Alpha) Measured by: embedded test questions, group discussion; pre-test/post-test

4. Trace the causes of the Great Depression and the measures enacted to aid the economy. (PSLO 1,5, Alpha) Measured by: embedded test questions, group discussion; pre-test/post-test

5. Describe the role of the US in WWII and the Cold War. (PSLO 1,2,5,6, Alpha) Measured by: embedded test questions or short essay, group discussion; pre-test/post-test

6. Chronicle the stages of American cultural movements and politics after the world wars.(PSLO 1,5, Alpha) Measured by: embedded test questions, group discussion; pre-test/post-test

7. Understand how the US came to realize the limits of being a political, economic and military superpower. (PSLO 1,5, Alpha) Measured by: embedded test questions, group discussion; pre-test/post-test

8. Create an argument through the use of historical evidence.(PSLO 1, 2, 5, 6) Measured by embedded short essay test questions;or essay project

9. Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources.(PSLO 1, 2) Measured by embedded test question, group discussions; or researched essay project

10. Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on this period of United States history. (PSLO 1, 5, 6) Measured by embedded test questions; researched essay project; group discussion
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
  • 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.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

    Suggestions for the course:

    This class moves very quickly and there is little time to catch up if you get behind. Make it a priority to read daily and to stay on schedule with the readings. These take time. Additionally, remember that you not only have to read the material but you also have to 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. Summer school moves especially fast and we will be covering - at a minimum - a chapter a day plus the outside readings. It is strongly suggested that students do not miss class.

    A note about summer school - we include everything that we do during the long semester - nothing is taken out due to the condensed nature of summer school. There is no time to get behind and you must keep up with the assignments. I know there is a lot to cover in summer school but that is the nature of the beast and you were aware of that when you registered for the class.

    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 use resources not allowed during examinations, 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. Additionally, all student submissions are checked for plagiarism and use of any materials not authorized for use during the exam is prohibited. Students will receive a 0 for an assignment or exam if academic dishonesty is discovered. The student may receive an F in the class if the offense is flagrant. This is at the discretion of the instructor.


    Exams may consist of essays, short answer, or multiple choice questions. I will not contact you to find out why you missed an exam. If you miss an exam, you will take the make-up on the Final Exam day from 9:00-10:00 am. This exam will be essay. It is your responsibility to let me know that a make-up exam is needed and which one. It is not recommended that students miss a scheduled exam in hopes that the the make up exam will give them extra time to study and /or will be easier. They are not.

Additional Information
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 Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

Core Values

  • Shared commitment by faculty, staff and administration to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community involvement

  • General education/core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community

  • Academic and technical programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, using a variety of delivery methods, on and off campus

  • Technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary for initial and continued employment

  • Student achievement characterized by attainment of individual goals and measured by successful accomplishments and completion of curriculum

  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity


Lamar State College - Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

  • provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

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