A survey of the principal movements, events, ideas, and personalities in U.S. history from the Civil War to the present. Provides an overview of the modern United States history beginning with social, economic, and political implications of post-Civil War reconstruction and the survey of American life through the World Wars, the Cold War, Vietnam, and finally the challenges of globalization.
By the end of this course students will:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of events and ideas which influenced the development of American society after the Civil War.
2. Demonstrate the ability to analyze historical evidence, read historical texts and documents critically, and evaluate the merits of historical debates from this period.
3. Demonstrate the ability to relate past events to developments in society today.
4. Demonstrate the ability to engage in informed debate on issues related to movements, events, historical figures, organizations, and ordinary people in society during this period.