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for History 1378
548 Agnes Arnold Hall
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| Extra-Credit | Caution
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Guide for Test 1 | Study Guide for Test 2
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information for this class.
quarter of the nineteenth century marked the birth of modern America.
It witnessed stunning technological innovations, such as the development
of the internal combustion engine, the telephone, and high explosives.
It saw the migration of hundreds of thousands of European peasants and
villagers across the ocean to mushrooming cities. It saw the emergence
of the corporation as a dominant institution in the American economy.
It witnessed the emergence of the United States as a world power.
analyzes the history of modern America, from its rise as an industrial
and military power in the late nineteenth century to the presidency
of George W. Bush. It charts the revolutions in business, morals,
race and gender relations, and everyday living that have transformed
American life over the past century.
et al., America and its Peoples,
Chapters 17-23 and
Huck’s Raft, 185-253
second examination: Martin et al., America
and its Peoples,
First examination: Thursday, March 2
Second examination: Thursday, April 27
has two exams. Each is worth 100 points and counts for 50 percent
of your grade. The scale is:
opportunities will be announced in class during the semester.
Objectionable Materials Warning
the film clips that we will watch during the semester contain scenes
of explicit violence, sexual brutality, ethnic and gender stereotyping,
nudity, obscenity, adult themes, profanity, and offensive language that
might be found objectionable by some. There may be also be ideas or
practices endorsed by specific motion pictures that some might consider
immoral or amoral. All of these films, however, were already in wide
circulation in the culture at large and are, in the instructor’s
opinion, essential to understanding American cultural history. If these
clips will make you uncomfortable, please do not enroll in the course.