2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

CHIST 2330 United States History from 1865

This course examines major social, political, economic, and cultural shifts from Reconstruction to the present day. It introduces students to the ways historians think about and critically analyze the United States’ complex past. Students build critical thinking skills, learn how to effectively analyze primary sources, and explore history through diverse perspectives. In particular, this course uncovers the experiences and voices of marginalized groups that have often been omitted or silenced in U.S. history, such as those with differing racial, ethnic, sexual, gender, and class identities, and seeks to explore how they understood their role within the nation after 1865. Topics covered include: the Civil War and Reconstruction; prosperity, the Depression, and the New Deal; empire and im/migration; World War II, the Cold War, and their impacts on the home front; social movements during the 1950s and 1960s; suburbanization and conservatism; and contemporary American politics.