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Palm Beach State College
Course Syllabus – Classroom Course
General Class and Course Information
Course Number:
Course Title:
United States History from 1865 to Present (AA)
Term/Dates: 8/23 to 12/19 Fall 2017-1
Reference Number: 215699
Credit Hours: 3
Days: Wednesday
Time: 6:30 - 9:15 PM
Room: SS 105
Course Description: [Catalog] A continuation of AMH 2010, this course emphasizes the development of the United
States into a world power and the internal, economic, social, political, and cultural movements and forces. A grade of
C or better is needed for AA credit. [Instructor] The format of the course consists of lecture, film, and critical reading
of text and primary source documents. A good deal of the time will be devoted to class discussions of the assigned
readings. It is only through an exchange of ideas that we can cultivate the critical and analytical skills needed to
understand the past as more than just a series of “events.”
Gordon Rule Class
This class has been designated as a Gordon Rule class for writing. This means that the course has significant writing
requirements. This rule applies to all students prior to receipt of an associate in arts (A. A.) from a public state college
or university or prior to entry into upper division of a public university. For the purpose of this rule a grade of “C” or
better shall be considered successful completion. In accordance with Florida Department of Education www.fldoe.org
Administrative Rule Number 6A-10.030, all students are mandated to complete satisfactorily 12 semester hours of
courses which include written assignments that demonstrate college-level writing skills. Please refer the web page at
Professor’s Information
Name: Mrs. Laurie Cotton
Office Location: SS 103.1
Telephone: (561) 753-4014
Email: [email protected]
Faculty Web Page:
Office Hours: Wednesday 6:00 - 6:30 PM
Information on REQUIRED Textbooks:
7th Ed.
(Vol. 2)
Brinkley, Alan
The Unfinished Nation: A Concise
History of the American People
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Other Information on Textbooks and Materials needed for class:
*Weekly document spotlights (primary sources) are hyperlinked in this syllabus and posted in Edmodo®.
*Refer to additional suggested readings in the bibliography posted in Edmodo®.
*The minimum expectation is that you will have pen and notebook (paper) with you in class.
*For quizzes and the final examination a #2 pencil and the purchase of two (2) 8½ x 11” essay books (can be used for
multiple quizzes) and four (4) 100-count Scantron® answer sheets is required.
* You may find it useful to have your Brinkley text available in class as a reference guide during group activities.
Course Learning Outcomes: As a result of taking this course, the student will be able to:
*Compare the evolution of the nation's political institutions and their response to changing circumstances, expectations,
prominent figures and events.
*Survey the growth of America's role in the world.
*Relate the development of the American economy from agrarian beginnings to industrialization and beyond.
*Determine the ways in which the American people have lived including cultural and social arrangements; the impact of
socioeconomic change; and the interaction of groups divided by class, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and region.
*Participate in the intelligent discussion and examination of American history in order to form judgements and opinions
applicable to the present and the future.
Palm Beach State College has instituted a change in its curriculum focus towards the concept of learning outcomes.
Learning outcomes can be thought of as the knowledge, skills, and abilities students attain as a result of their
involvement in an educational activity. A "learning objective" focuses more on a discrete learning event within the
course. The term "learning outcome" focuses more on learning that occurs after a student has completed the activity,
and through a process of reflection assimilates the knowledge at a higher level.
Reference: http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/academicservices/curriculum-and-programs/course-outlines.aspx.
Full Course Outline - Click on the following link: Course Outlines and enter the course number (no space between the
prefix and the number).
Class Information
Computer Competency/SafeAssignments:
Each student will, to the satisfaction of the professor, demonstrate a fundamental understanding of basic computer
operations including word processing and web-based research through various professor-determined exercises and/or
assignments. These exercises/assignments are included in this syllabus. All formal written assignments including weekly
question sets, the museum journal, and document spotlight essays must be submitted electronically through
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SafeAssignments/Blackboard by the due date/time. Log-in to Blackboard (password required) at
https://palmbeachstate.blackboard.com. There are tutorials for creating and posting on SafeAssignments and assistance
is available at the eLearning Student Support Center https://www.palmbeachstate.edu/elearning/student.aspx.
Note: Assignments are NOT accepted by the instructor as e-mail attachments- no exceptions.
Edmodo® provides an easy way for our class to connect and collaborate, share content, and access homework,
documents, PowerPoints, and notices. Students are encouraged to utilize the blog contained therein to ask questions
and generate discussion between class meetings. In class you will be provided with a 6-digit group code. Students must
have this code to create an account or join the AMH2020_215699_PBSC_LW_Fall_2017[1] Group.
If you have never created an Edmodo® student account:
1. Visit www.edmodo.com and select the “I’m a Student” button.
2. Fill out the registration form with the group code you received in class, and the unique username and password
that you create. Note: An e-mail address is not required for student sign-up.
3. Select the “Sign up” button to complete the signup process. You will then see the AMH2020_215699 group on
the left menu sidebar.
Note: If you already have a student Edmodo® account, you do not need to create a new account to join the group. You
create an account only once. Simply log-in to Edmodo®, select “join a group,” and enter the 6-digit group code you
received in class.
Mid-Term Grade Reporting:
College-wide the mid-term grade reporting window is October 13-29, 2016. You will receive an e-mail and instructor’s
confirmation of your average after class assignments through and including October 12 have been graded.
Disclaimer: Be advised that as of October 12, 2016 you will have earned a certain number of points based on 355 points
possible to date- less than half the final grade based on 1000 points. Your grade can increase or decrease considerably
by the end of the semester.
SCORE Reporting:
Palm Beach State College is committed to providing opportunities for all students to succeed. In an effort to enhance the
support network at the college and ensure that students take full advantage of the academic resources available, the
college has created the Student Contact Request System or SCORE. If this instructor harbors concerns regarding any
student who may fail or drop AMH2020, I will initiate the electronic student referral system because SCORE ensures
student access to advising and other free resources such as referrals to peer mentoring services and the Student
Learning Center. SCORE facilitates connecting the identified student with the resource, paperwork or personnel in order
to increase student retention and promote academic longevity. Additional information concerning SCORE is available
online at http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/advising/score/.
Academic Dishonesty Policy and Penalty for Violation:
Academic integrity is the essential element of a student's personal responsibility and reputation. Refer to "College
Policies and Web Information" later in this syllabus. All college policies and procedures apply to students enrolled in
AMH2020 Reference #215699. Academic dishonesty in any form is expressly prohibited by the board of trustees. Please
refer to your student success handbook http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/studenthandbook/. Assignments posted in
SafeAssign/Blackboard are subject to plagiarism detection. A plagiarism percentage higher than 5% is not considered
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original scholarship. Plagiarism and cheating in any form will result in loss of assignment credit for the first infraction.
Subsequent instances will be referred to the office of the dean for adjudication.
Assignments, Tests, Quizzes and Final Exam Schedule, with percentage/points of grade:
Class Participation/Attendance……………14%
Weekly Question Sets………………………….19.5%
Document Spotlight Essays (3)…………….10.5%
Museum Field trip Journal ………………………6%
Quizzes (3) …………………………………………….30%
Final Examination…………………………………..20%
Refer to information under “Late Assignment Policy.”
Letter Grade
Percentage (if applicable)
90 - 100%
80 89%
70 - 79%
60 - 69%
0 - 59%
70 - 100%
0 - 69%
70 - 100%
0 - 69%
Class Policies
Attendance: Professors are required to take attendance.
Faculty members at Palm Beach State College are required to monitor and maintain accurate records of student
attendance. You will be asked to sign-in weekly. Please note: Attendance credit will automatically be deducted if you are
not present for the entire class (i.e. tardy, leave at the break, excuse yourself when class is not on break, etc.) Please
keep this in mind when calculating your average. Regardless of the reason for missing class, absence deters progress.
Electronic Device Use and Email Policy:
Classroom Etiquette- A Note on the “Civil Classroom”:
I expect to maintain a classroom environment that respects all members and facilitates the free exchange of ideas.
Toward that end we will create and abide by our own “social contract.” Please refrain from eating, reading the
newspaper, sleeping, text messaging, and other activities that disrupt the learning process or otherwise distract us from
the business at hand. You are encouraged to use your laptop or tablet for note-taking or to otherwise enhance your
learning. It is understood that in so doing you will remain on task and attentive, i.e. no surfing the net, sending e-mails,
etc. during the time we are together in class. Smoking is not permitted in any Palm Beach State College building; please
refrain from doing so except in designated areas per board policy 6Hx-18-1.28. Remember to turn off or silence all
cellular phones, laptops, iPads, IPods and MP3 players, beepers, or other potentially disruptive electronic devices. Kindly
show respect to your instructor and classmates by not entering the room late, by allowing everyone to speak freely, and
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by offering opposing opinions in a respectful manner. You gain no participation points by out-shouting your fellow
students, or by verbally intimidating them into silence. The instructor is bound by the same code of civility. My
responsibilities include starting and ending the class on time, returning graded work promptly, and regularly meeting my
announced office hours. (Reference- Code of Ethics 6B-1.06 Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education
Profession in Florida.) A disruptive student will be issued a warning. If a problem persists, that student(s) will be asked to
leave the classroom and will not be permitted to return before such time as a conference with the department chair and
the instructor is held. A written contract resulting from that meeting will be required to reinstate the individual(s) in
question. All college policies and procedures apply here. Academic dishonesty in any form is expressly prohibited by the
board of trustees. Please refer to your student success handbook
E-Mail Communication:
Please activate your official Palm Beach State College e-mail account immediately. The instructor will use only e-mail
addresses provided to students by the college. Note: I will not respond to text messages. You can leave a voicemail at
(561) 753-4014 but I am likely to see an e-mail message in a more timely manner.
If you wish to receive occassional reminders and information from the instructor via text message please respond to the
initial Remind text. Note: students can withdraw from these texts at any point during the semester. Additional
information will be provided in class.
Late Assignment Policy:
Written Assignments:
1. All work is due on time for credit to be issued- no exceptions.
2. Weekly questions must be submitted by 5:59 p.m. online each Wednesday via SafeAssignments. This assignment
should be submitted electronically through Blackboard before the start of each class session. It is the responsibility of
the student to process the assignments, each worth 15 points.
3. Detailed instruction for the Document Spotlight Essays will be provided by the instructor in class. The final drafts are
due posted at SafeAssignments by 5:59 PM (September 14, October 12, and November 30, 2016 respectively).
4.Detailed instruction for the Museum field trip and journal will be provided by the instructor in class. The final draft is
due posted at SafeAssignments by 5:59 PM November 2, 2016.
4. Three 100-point quizzes will be administered in class (September 21, October 26, and November 16, 2016
respectively). Each quiz is a combination of objective (multiple-choice) items and essay questions.
5. The final examination (December 14, 2016 7:00 – 9:00 PM SS105) consists of 100 objective (multiple-choice) items
worth 200 points.
Make-up Exam Policy:
All assignments are due on time via SafeAssignments on Blackboard. Make-up quizzes/exams are not allowed except in
documented cases of extreme emergency. Examples of documentation include obituaries, hospital discharge orders, and
court or police reports. In such cases a student who misses a regularly scheduled quiz/exam must (1) contact the
instructor prior to the class when the test is administered, and (2) report to the Testing Center
http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/testing/default.aspx within one week of the regular administration for credit to be
issued. There is a $5.00 fee* and it is the responsibility of the student to make the appropriate arrangements for the
test. No extra credit assignments will be considered. A grade of zero will be entered for a missed quiz if the above
criteria are not adhered to. Weekly questions will not be accepted for credit late- no exceptions. Responses to weekly
questions will be evaluated in terms of scholarship, but credit will be awarded only if they are submitted and received
electronically by 5:59 p.m. on the date of the specified class session. The student is expected to contact the instructor
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well in advance of a deadline if problems are anticipated. If you are struggling in your coursework seek assistance; the
earlier in the term the better. However willing I am to assist, there are other ways to get help. The Student Learning
Center has tutorial assistance available for many courses, Student Services can assist with course scheduling and career
development. Specific courses, such as SLS1501 Strategies for College Success, are offered to help you succeed. If you
have questions or need assistance, please make an appointment to see an academic advisor. S/he is willing to assist you
so that you can be successful.
* It is the student's responsibility to contact the Testing Center (561) 868-3012 regarding hours of operation, fees etc.
Withdrawal Policy:
The last day to withdraw from this course with a "W" grade is Friday, November 4, 2016. Incomplete grades are not
automatic and will be generated only for unusual and extenuating circumstances beyond control of the student with
advance notice to the instructor. Note: There will be no instructor withdrawals. It is the responsibilty of the student to
remain in good academic standing in the course or to decide to withdraw. Non-attending students and those not
meeting the course requirements will receive a "F" grade at the end of the term.Click here and provide your policy on
withdrawing students from class.
For additional information please refer to the Palm Beach State College Student Handbook
Campus Safety and Security:
1. Please take a moment to enter into your cell phone the campus security number (561) 868-3600 located above the
door of this classroom.
2. Please note the emergency evacuation procedures from this building (SS) and this particular classroom (105).
3. Refer to http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/alert/alert-info.aspx for directions to receive Palm Beach State College
emergency notifications and updates via the alert system.
4. Review the security videos provided at http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/security/security-videos/default.aspx.
Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities covered by the Students with Disabilities Act (SDA) should follow these steps:
1. Make an appointment and provide documentation of your disability to Disability Support Services (DSS) located in
the Student Services Center (map CT). Contact Jelecia Kirk, Campus Coordinator via e-mail [email protected]
or phone (561) 868-3046.
2. Bring a statement from Disability Support Services (DSS) http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/disability/register-withdss.aspx to me no later than the second class meeting (Wednesday, August 31, 2016) indicating that you have
registered with that office. The statement should indicate the nature of the accommodations you require.
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College Policies and Web Information
Academic Dishonesty
Academic dishonesty includes the following actions, as well as other similar conduct aimed at making false representation with
respect to the student's academic performance:
(1) Cheating on an exam, (2) Collaborating with others on work to be presented, if contrary to the stated rules of the course,
(3) Submitting, if contrary to the rules of the course, work previously submitted in another course, (4) Knowingly and intentionally
assisting another student in any of the above actions, including assistance in an arrangement whereby work, classroom
performance, examination, or other activity is submitted or performed by a person other that the student under whose name the
work is submitted or performed, (5) Plagiarism.
Please refer to the Palm Beach State College Student Handbook (www.palmbeachstate.edu/current for link to the student
Classroom Etiquette and Student Behavior Guidelines
Students will demonstrate respect for professors and fellow students. Behavior that is disruptive to a positive learning environment
reported by the professor will result in a warning on the first instance; the second instance might result in expulsion from the course
or campus.
Computer Competency Component
Each student will, to the satisfaction of the professor, demonstrate a fundamental understanding of basic computer operations
through various professor-determined exercises and/or assignments.
Disability Support Services
Students with disabilities are advised, in compliance with federal and state laws, that accommodations and services are available
through the office of Disability Support Services (DSS). It is the student's responsibility to contact Disabled Student Services Advisors
and to submit appropriate documentation prior to receiving services. Please see the website at www.palmbeachstate.edu/current
for web address for Disability Support Services.
Eating, Drinking and Smoking
Eating and drinking are confined to areas designated on the campus. Smoking is not permitted in any College building and only in
areas designated at each campus.
Final Course Grade Appeal
The evaluation of academic work is the responsibility of the faculty member/instructor. The method for assigning the final course
grade is established by the faculty member/instructor. Per Board Rule 6Hx-18-3.191, faculty/instructors shall communicate the
grading policy of the course to their students in writing. If this policy changes during the term, students should be notified of any
changes in writing. The method to determine final course grades must be given to students in a course syllabus at the beginning of
the class. Should a student have a question about a final course grade, please follow the procedures as outlined in the student
handbook: www.palmbeachstate.edu/current.
Mid-Term Grade Reporting
Within one week after the close of the mid-term grading period, mid-term grades will be made available to all students for each
class by either written notification or individual conference.
Student Responsibility Policy
When a student attends the College, s/he becomes subject to its jurisdiction. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a
responsible manner, in all areas of campus life. By enrolling, they pledge to obey the rules and regulations of the College and are
responsible for observing all College policies and procedures as published in the student handbook, the College catalog and other
College publications. The student will be responsible for preparing for class, participating in class, and completing assignments on
Palm Beach State Websites of Interest
Please see this web page (www.palmbeachstate.edu/current) for a list of web addresses for students.
Withdrawal Policy for Individual Courses
The last day to withdraw from a College course with a "W" grade in this course is Friday, November 4, 2016. It is the responsibility of
the student to use the PantherWeb system or visit a campus Registrar’s office to withdraw. An official withdrawal entitles the
student to a grade of "W" in the class.
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Weekly questions: Please note: Class time is devoted to certain selected topics throughout the course. Your
assigned reading/questions will necessarily go beyond the scope of the evening classes. Focus on the
questions themselves rather than page location of that subject matter. In fact, feel free to read about the
same materials in ANY college-level United States History text or secondary source (bibliography provided)
on that particular topic.
Question Set #1 due August 31, 2016 Week 2
1. How did the Conservative (Presidential) and Radical (Congressional) views on the
Reconstruction process differ? Why did the Radical Republicans ultimately
2. How did the impeachment process function in the case of President Andrew
Johnson and what was the significance of his acquittal for the future of
3. Describe the debate among historians concerning the nature of Reconstruction,
its accomplishments, and its harmful effects on the South.
4. What national problems did President Ulysses S. Grant face and what were the
reasons for his lack of success as chief executive?
Question Set #2 due September 7, 2016 Week 3
1. Analyze the urban political machine. Include in your response the causes of its
formation, what it did, and its effectiveness.
2. What were the major challenges facing the American cities in the late 1800’s? In
what ways did the city dwellers deal with those issues?
3. What impact did the ideas of Darwin have in the late 19th /early 20th century on
science, social philosophy, and political debate?
4. How did the “spoils system” (patronage) affect United States politics in the late
Question Set #3 due September 14, 2016 Week 4
1. List and explain the reasons for the rapid industrial development of the United
States in the late nineteenth century.
2. Describe the various attempts made during the late nineteenth century to create
a national labor organization. Analyze the successes and failures of these
individual organizations as well as the overall weaknesses of the American labor
movement at this time.
3. Explain how the railroad became a symbol of progress in America.
4. Describe the conditions for farming on the Great Plains. What special grievances
contributed to an "agrarian malaise" in the latter nineteenth century?
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Question Set #4 due September 21, 2016 Week 5
1. What factors promoted settlement of the West? Why did the unsettled West
hold a particularly strong romantic appeal for Americans? How has the romantic
vision of the frontier been perpetuated in American culture?
2. Discuss the impact Chinese immigrants had on the West. How did AngloAmericans respond to this immigration, and what was the result?
3. Explain what finally happened to the Plains Indians and the role the Dawes Act.
4. Explain the "Turner Thesis" and describe the "Turnerian West." How was Turner's
thesis a “product of its time?” On what grounds have other historians criticized
what Turner’s work?
Question Set #5 due September 28, 2016 Week 6
1. Consider the United States' rise to world power, along with the increasingly
activist foreign policy of the first decade and a half of the twentieth century.
What forces accounted for this activism? Why was it most evident in the
Caribbean region?
2. Compare and contrast the personalities and philosophies of Presidents Theodore
Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson. How did these personal
factors affect their leadership styles and accomplishments in domestic affairs?
Question Set #6 due October 5, 2016 Week 7
1. Explain the three "impulses" of the Progressive movement. What specific
programs embodied those impulses?
2. Trace the origins of the NAACP and evaluate the contributions Ida B. Wells and
W.E.B. Du Bois.
3. Describe the movement to restrict immigration, and explain how allowing fewer
immigrants was regarded as a "reform."
Question Set #7 due October 12, 2016 Week 8
1. Was American involvement in World War I inevitable? What forces worked to
maintain neutrality? What forces propelled the country away from neutrality and
into full belligerency?
2. What were the announced American objectives in fighting the war?
3. How did the federal government organize for the purpose of waging war?
4. Discuss the successes and failures of Woodrow Wilson at Versailles.
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Question Set #8 due October 26, 2016 Week 10
1. What were the reasons for the [First] Red Scare and the resurgence of racial
unrest in postwar America?
2. How and why did the role of women change in American society during the
3. Impressions of the 1920's vary, according to which vision one accepts: that of
members of the ruling elite, such as Andrew Mellon and Herbert Hoover; of selfmade men, such as Charles Lindbergh; of the disenchanted, such as H. L.
Mencken and Ernest Hemingway; of provincial traditionalists, such as William
Jennings Bryan; or of the African Americans involved in the Harlem Renaissance.
Briefly describe each of those visions and tell how one or several capture the real
significance- the essence if you will- of the decade.
4. One of the troublesome questions for historians concerns the legacy of
progressivism. Looking at the 1920's, would you argue that progressive thought
had died or triumphed? Explain your answer.
Question Set #9 due November 2, 2016 Week 11
1. List and explain the factors the Brinkley text identifies as having been principally
responsible for the Great Depression. How have various historians attempted to
explain the causes of this economic disaster?
2. Why did Franklin D. Roosevelt win the election of 1932?
3. Compare the impact of the New Deal on African Americans, Hispanics, and Native
Americans with its consequences for the typical white American.
4. It has been argued that World War II, not the New Deal, ended the Great
Depression. Analyze the overall political and economic results of the New Deal.
5. Describe and explain the process by which American public opinion gradually
shifted from a policy of neutrality in 1935 to one of interventionism in 1941.
Question Set #10 due November 9, 2016 Week 12
1. How did World War II increase the role of government in American society and
the nation's economy?
2. Summarize the contributions of the United States military to victory in North
Africa, Europe, and the Pacific theaters.
3. The United States obtained evidence of the Holocaust as early as 1942.
What was the response of the Roosevelt administration, and why did it act as
it did? What other options were open?
4. Why did President Harry S Truman decide to drop the atomic bomb on Japan?
Explain the controversy surrounding the decision then, and discuss how
historians have attempted to resolve the issue ever since.
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Question Set #11 due November 16, 2016 Week 13
1. What general factors made the United States susceptible to the anti-communist
paranoia of 1947 to 1953? What activities fanned the fury and paved the way for
the rise of McCarthy?
2. What new cultural developments accompanied the prosperity and
suburbanization of the 1950's? How did intellectuals regard the highly organized
and homogenized new society?
3. How did the automobile reshape the American landscape in the 20th century?
4. What groups were left out or opted out of the consumer culture of the 1950's?
Discuss the results of their dissent or exclusion. How was rock and roll a sign of
the restiveness of American youth?
Question Set #12 due November 30, 2016 Week 15
1. Discuss the factors that contributed to the landmark Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965.
How and why would the civil rights movement change from 1965 to 1968?
2. Complete Presidential Election charts through 1968. Compare and contrast the 1928,
1948, 1960, and 1968 elections. How do they show both continuity and change in the
regional patterns of American politics?
3. Discuss the factors that led President Johnson to expand America's commitment in
Vietnam into a full-scale war. Analyze the conditions and constraints which made
Vietnam a "quagmire" for American forces and policies.
4. How have historians attempted to answer the question, "Why Vietnam?"
Question Set #13 due December 7, 2016 Week 16
1. Did Gerald Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon accomplish its purpose to "shut and
seal the book" on Watergate? What else did Ford do to try to restore credibility
to the Presidency?
2. How did the nation’s energy needs complicate both the foreign and the domestic
policies of Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan?
3. What brought on the Gulf War and how was Desert Storm an immediate solution
that failed to solve the long-range problems?
4. What is the "War on Terrorism" and how is it waged?
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AMH2020 Reference # 215699 Fall 2016 [2017-1] United States History from 1865 to the Present (AA)
Present in Class/ Weekly Questions Submitted
Total Points
by 5:59 PM
Per Class
[ of 10 points]
at SafeAssign® [of 15 points]
August 24
August 31
Q Set 1
September 7
Q Set 2
September 14
Q Set 3
September 21
Q Set 4
September 28
Q Set 5
October 5
Q Set 6
October 12
Q Set 7
October 19
October 26
Q Set 8
November 2
Q Set 9
November 9
Q Set 10
November 16
Q Set 11
November 23
November 30
Q Set 12
December 7
Q Set 13
December 14
_____ (of 140) +
_____ of (195) = _____ (of 335)
Due Date
September 14*
September 21
October 12*
October 26
November 2*
November 16
November 30*
December 14
Document Spotlight Essay #1
Quiz #1
Document Spotlight Essay #2
Quiz #2
Museum Journal
Quiz #3
Document Spotlight Essay #3
Final Examination
*Due posted by 5:59 PM at SafeAssign/Blackboard
Calculate mid-term grade: as of 10/12/2016 _____ of 355 points = _____ % Grade ______
Calculate final grade: as of 12/14/2016 _____ of 1000 points = _____ % Grade ______
Class Participation/Weekly Written Questions ____of 335 Museum/Field Trip Journal ___ of 60
Quiz # 1 _____ Quiz # 2 _____ Quiz # 3 _____ = _____ of 300 Final Exam _____ of 200
Document Spotlight #1 ____
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#2 ____
#3 ____ = _____ of 105
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State College
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# 215699
Fall 2016 [2017-1] Schedule
Course Syllabus – Classroom Courses
Assignments/Class Focus Activities
August 24 Week 1:
Nature of Historical Inquiry/United States in 1865
Social Contract; "Mindwalk"; Syllabus/Student Responsibilities/Written
Assignments Outlined/Directions for SafeAssignments and Edmodo
Document Spotlight: “Second Inaugural Address” Abraham Lincoln (1865)
August 31 Week 2:
Reconstruction, Grant, and the “New South”
A Biography of America Program 12 "Reconstruction"
LecturePoint: http://college.cengage.com/history/lecturepoints/part02_lecture01/part02_lecture01.html
Document Spotlight: “A Southern View of Defeat” Alexander H. Stephens (1866)
September 7 Week 3:
The Gilded Age and the Politics of Corruption
A Biography of America Program 15 "The New City”
The Gilded Age, Tweed Ring and Machine Politics
Document Spotlight: Pendleton Act (1883) Thomas Nast cartoons
September 14 Week 4:
Transformation of the United States: Politics, Labor, Industry 1877-1900
A Biography of America Program 14 "Industrial Supremacy"
The Wizard of Oz as a Parable on Populism
Presidential Election Charts 1868-1896
LecturePoint: http://college.cengage.com/history/lecturepoints/part02_lecture03/part02_lecture03.html
Document Spotlight: “The Cross of Gold” William Jennings Bryan (1896)
September 21 Week 5:
Transformation of the United States: The American West 1877-1900
A Biography of America Program 16 "The West"
Turner Thesis: Closing of the Frontier
LecturePoint: http://college.cengage.com/history/lecturepoints/part02_lecture02/part02_lecture02.html
Document Spotlight: “I Will Fight No More Forever” Chief Joseph (1877)
September 28 Week 6:
The Imperial Republic: Politics and Foreign Policy 1898-1919
Spanish-American War
A Biography of America Program 18 "TR and Wilson" (partial)
LecturePoint: http://college.cengage.com/history/lecturepoints/part02_lecture04/part02_lecture04.html
Document Spotlight:
“Platform of the American Anti-Imperialist League” (1899)
October 5 Week 7:
The Progressive Era: Agenda for National Reform
A Biography of America Program 19 "A Vital Progressivism"
Presidential Election charts 1900-1920
LecturePoint: http://college.cengage.com/history/lecturepoints/part02_lecture05/part02_lecture05.html
Document Spotlight: The Souls of Black Folk W. E. B. Du Bois (1903)
Template Date – July 2013
Brinkley Vol. 2
Unfinished Nation
(7th ) Edition
pp. xxi; xxiv-xxvi
Activate SafeAssign/Edmodo
Chapter 15
pp. 343-370
Q Set #1 due
Signed Field Trip
Release on file
Chapters 17, 18
pp. 395-443
Q Set #2 due
Chapter 19
pp. 444-458
Q Set #3 due
Document Essay #1 due
Chapter 16
pp. 371-394
Q Set #4 due
Quiz #1
(Chapters 15-19)
Test materials required◄
Chapters 19, 21
pp. 458-475; 509-514
Q Set #5 due
Chapter 20
pp. 476-507
Q Set #6 due
Palm Beach State College
Course Syllabus – Classroom Courses
October 12 Week 8:
Americans and the Great War
Causes of U. S. Entry into World War I
A Biography of America Program 18 "TR an Wilson" (concluded)
LecturePoint: http://college.cengage.com/history/lecturepoints/part02_lecture06/part02_lecture06.html
Document Spotlight: “The Fourteen Points” Woodrow Wilson (1918)
October 19 Week 9:
Museum Field Trip/Academic Development Day/Faculty Cluster Meetings
Class does not meet on campus tonight.
October 26 Week 10:
The Jazz Age
A Biography of America Program 20 "The Twenties"
Senate Rejects the Treaty of Versailles/Harlem Renaissance
LecturePoint: http://college.cengage.com/history/lecturepoints/part02_lecture07/part02_lecture07.html
Document Spotlight: “Defense of John Scopes” Clarence Darrow (1924)
November 2 Week 11:
1930’s America: Depression, New Deal and Gathering Storm
A Biography of America Program 21 "FDR and the Depression"
LecturePoint: http://college.cengage.com/history/lecturepoints/part02_lecture08/part02_lecture08.html
Document Spotlight: “Share Our Wealth” Huey P. Long (1935)
November 9 Week 12:
Global Crisis: The United States and World War II
A Biography of America Program 22 "World War II: Total War"
Presidential Election Charts 1924-1944
Wartime Conferences (Lesson 17); Cold War begins
LecturePoint: http://college.cengage.com/history/lecturepoints/part02_lecture09/part02_lecture09.html
Chapter 21
pp. 508; 514-531
Q Set #7 due
Document Essay #2 due
No weekly
questions due
Chapter 22
pp. 532-550
Q Set #8 due
Quiz #2
(Chapters 19-21)
Test materials required◄
Chapters 23, 24, 25
pp. 551-614
Q Set #9 due
Museum Journal due
Chapter 26
pp. 615-640
Q Set #10 due
Document Spotlight: “Four Freedoms” Franklin D. Roosevelt (1941)
November 16 Week 13:
1950’s America: The Cold War at Home and Abroad
Historiography: Who is Responsible for the Cold War?
Link: https://connect.palmbeachschools.org/p54002590/
A Biography of America Program 23 "The Fifties: From War to Normalcy"
Presidential Election Charts 1948-1972
LecturePoint: http://college.cengage.com/history/lecturepoints/part02_lecture11/part02_lecture11.html
Document Spotlight: “The Communist Menace” J. Edgar Hoover (1947)
Chapters 27, 28
pp. 641-693
Q Set #11 due
Quiz #3
(Chapters 22-26)
Test materials required◄
November 23 Week 14:
Class does not meet on campus tonight.
Although the “first” Thanksgiving is claimed by at least five modern-day states
(Florida, Texas, Maine, Virginia, and Massachusetts), President Lincoln’s
proclamation set the precedent for the national day of Thanksgiving recognized in
the U.S. to this day.
Template Date – July 2013
No weekly
questions due
Palm Beach State College
Course Syllabus – Classroom Courses
November 30 Week 15:
Vietnam, Civil Rights and the Politics of Protest
A Biography of America Program 24 "The Sixties"
LecturePoint: http://college.cengage.com/history/lecturepoints/part02_lecture13/part02_lecture13.html
Document Spotlight: The Feminine Mystique Betty Friedan (1963)
Chapters 29, 30
pp. 694-747
Q Set #12 due
Document Essay #3 due
December 7 Week 16:
Watergate and Beyond
Constitutional Crisis of Watergate to “Reagan Revolution” & Globalization
A Biography of America Program 25 "Contemporary History"
Presidential Election Charts 1976-2000
LecturePoint: http://college.cengage.com/history/lecturepoints/part02_lecture15/part02_lecture15.html
Document Spotlight:
“Speech at Moscow State University” Ronald Reagan (1988)
“Bullhorn Address to Ground Zero Rescue Workers” George W. Bush (2001)
December 14 Week 17:
Final Examination
Note: Exam time is 6:30 - 8:30 PM SS 105
Grades are due at 6:00 PM December 19, 2016.
Chapters 30, 31
pp. 747-808
Q Set #13 due
No weekly questions due
Test materials required◄
Department Contact Information
Name: Dr. Victor Aikhionbare
Telephone: 561-868-3336
Job Title: Department Chair
Template Date – July 2013
Office Location: SS209
Email: [email protected]edu
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