5.7 – Clinton & the 1990s / The Information Age

Readings for the 1990s FTR 5.2.2017 readings Douglas Copeland, 'The 1990s - the Good Decade' Kurt Anderson, “The Best Decade Ever? The 1990s, obviously” CNN, '90 moments from the 90s' Be able to identify examples of popular music artists, athletes, and actors from the 1990s. Discussion questions Why did Bill Clinton win the presidency in 1992? What were the… Continue reading 5.7 – Clinton & the 1990s / The Information Age

5.7 – The 1970s & Malaise/Reagan & the 1980s

(first section of class) The 1970s and Malaise Readings J. Stein, The 1970s History.com, The Watergate Scandal Wikipedia, The Election of 1976 Jimmy Carter, A Crisis of Confidence U.S. History.org, “The Me Decade” Discussion questions What were some of the major characteristics of American culture in the 1970s? What was the Watergate scandal? What is its… Continue reading 5.7 – The 1970s & Malaise/Reagan & the 1980s

4.23 – Women’s Rights

In the first section of today’s class, I will discuss LBJ and the Great Society before we move on to covering the Women's Rights movement(s) of the 1960s and 1970s. Readings FTR Readings 4.13.2017 L. Maren Wood, The Women’s Movement Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (excerpt) (Optional: Ashley Fetters, ‘4 Big Problems with the Feminine Mystique’) PBS, Roe vs.… Continue reading 4.23 – Women’s Rights

4.11 – The 1960s, Vietnam War, & the Counter-Culture

The Vietnam War Selected statements of U.S. presidents on Vietnam George Kennan criticizes the war in Vietnam, 12.12.1965 Senator Fulbright’s “Arrogance of Power” speech, 1966 The United States Leaves Vietnam Discussion questions concerning the Vietnam War Conduct additional research if you wish to find additional information to answer the questions. Why did the United States go to war to defend the government… Continue reading 4.11 – The 1960s, Vietnam War, & the Counter-Culture

4.9 – Civil Rights Movement(s)

Readings Wikipedia, Civil Rights movement timeline April 6 FTR readings National Education Association, Untold No More: Latino Civil Rights Movement 1902-2009 Discussion questions: Who were some of the major leaders of the African American Civil Rights movement, and what were some of the major events and legislative accomplishments that defined its rise? What were some of the major reasons for the success of the movement… Continue reading 4.9 – Civil Rights Movement(s)

4.4 – The 1950s & Consumerism

Readings For the Record readings PBS, The Rise of American Consumerism Conduct additional research as necessary to answer the discussion questions. Discussion questions What were some of the most significant aspects of American cultural and economic life during the 1950s? How did the rise of Suburbia influence American life? What was life like for many American… Continue reading 4.4 – The 1950s & Consumerism

3.28 – The Second World War & Origins of the Cold War

[First section of class] The Second World War, part 2 Readings Richard Overy, “How the Allies Won" History.com, D-Day and the Atomic bombings and War on the Eastern Front and Battle of Okinawa U.S. Holocaust Museum, Liberating the Death Camps Matthew Magda, Review of FDR and the Creation of the U.N. Bretton Woods (continued from last class) National World War II museum, ‘America goes to war’  PBS, The… Continue reading 3.28 – The Second World War & Origins of the Cold War

3.14 – The Second World War, part 1

Readings WWII overview The Atlantic Charter Operation Torch National World War II museum, ‘America goes to war’  PBS, The War, Japanese Internment and Japanese-American soldiers Discussion Questions What caused World War II, as a whole? What brought the United States into the war? What arguments did FDR use to convince Americans that Nazi Germany represented a powerful threat to… Continue reading 3.14 – The Second World War, part 1

3.12 – The Great Depression & New Deal

Great Depression overview Letters from Children to the Roosevelts Great Depression photographs The Great Depression Hits Farms FDR’s fireside chats Miler Center, FDR and Domestic Affairs FDR, Second Inaugural Discussion questions What caused the Great Depression? What are some of the most emotionally powerful examples of human suffering during the Depression? How did FDR attempt to solve the Depression in his first term? What were some of the most… Continue reading 3.12 – The Great Depression & New Deal

3.7 – The Roaring Twenties

J. Zeitz, Fitzgerald and the 1920s History.com, Harlem Renaissance American in Class, Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s History.com, Prohibition Smithsonian Magazine, Flappers Discussion questions What was the condition of the American economy in the 1920s? What were some of the modern technological advances that changed the ways Americans lived in the 1920s? What were some of the major challenges to… Continue reading 3.7 – The Roaring Twenties

2.26 – Women’s Suffrage

Readings History.com, 19th Amendment Adopted History.net, Women‘s Suffrage Movement Time, "How British Suffragettes Radicalized American Women" Opposition to Women‘s Suffrage I encourage you to conduct additional research to answer the discussion questions. Discussion Questions Who were some of the most important suffragettes? What strategies did suffragettes use to achieve their aims? How did those strategies change over time? What did opponents… Continue reading 2.26 – Women’s Suffrage

2.21 – The Great War (2nd half of class)

Jennifer Keene, World War I “I didn’t raise my boy to be a soldier” (1915) Michael E. Hanlon, “America’s Turn from Neutrality to Intervention, 1914-1917″ Senator George Norris Opposes U.S. Entry into WWI (April 1917) Miller Center, Woodrow Wilson and Foreign Affairs National Archives, The 14 Points (read the brief introduction and then the actual text) Michael O’Malley,… Continue reading 2.21 – The Great War (2nd half of class)

2.21 – An American Empire (1st half of class)

Readings Digital History, “The United States Becomes a World Power” (& read next 4 sections) Platform of the Anti-Imperialist League (1899) Rudyard Kipling, “The White Man’s Burden” (1899) Senator Ben Tillman, “The White Man’s Burden as Prophecy” (1899) Senator Albert J. Beveridge, “In Support of an American Empire” (1900) Colored Citizens of Boston (1899) American Anti-Imperialist League,… Continue reading 2.21 – An American Empire (1st half of class)

2.14 – The Progressives (2nd half)

Digital History, "The Progressive Era" The Nation, Famous Progressives Wittner, "Another Democratic Socialist Ran for President" David Oshinsky, "Imbeciles" and "Illiberal Reformers" PBS, "Unwanted Sterilization and Eugenics Programs" Spartacus Educational, "Muckraking Journalism" Discussion questions What were some of the broader political and economic forces that helped lead to the creation of the progressive movement? Who… Continue reading 2.14 – The Progressives (2nd half)

2.14 – The Gilded Age, Unions, and Populists (1st half of class)

In the first section of class, I will lecture on the Gilded Age, income inequality, and corruption in American politics and economic life. In the second section, we will discuss your outside-of-class readings on the rise of Labor Unions and the Populists and consider the ways that wealthy capitalists sought to defeat reform efforts. Readings… Continue reading 2.14 – The Gilded Age, Unions, and Populists (1st half of class)

2.12 – Factories, Cities, and Immigrants

Readings Ryan Engelman, “The Second Industrial Revolution” Library of Congress, “City Life in the Late 19th Century” Ted Brackemyre, “Immigrants, Cities, and Disease” PBS, “The First Measured Century” rw-gilded-age Newberry Library, Immigration and Citizenship Use these sources to answer the discussion questions. You are welcome to conduct additional research. Discussion questions Section I – Industrialization 1. Identify five major inventions… Continue reading 2.12 – Factories, Cities, and Immigrants

1.31 – Native Americans & the West (2nd half)

Readings National Archives, Homestead Act of 1862 Library of Congress, “The American West: 1865-1900 Smithsonian, Western Indian Wars Chief Joseph Speaks Women and the Myth of the West Rock Springs Massacre (skim) History.com, Cowboys Black Cowboys Use these sources to answer the discussion questions. You are also welcome to conduct additional research. Discussion questions 1. What were… Continue reading 1.31 – Native Americans & the West (2nd half)

1.31 – Reconstruction (1st half)

Readings Civil War and Reconstruction History.com, Reconstruction Glenda Gilmore, The Nadir   Discussion questions 1. Why did slavery come to an end in the United States? 2. What contributions did African Americans make to Union victory in the Civil War? 3. After the defeat of the Confederacy,  during Presidential Reconstruction (1865-1867), what sort of political, economic, and… Continue reading 1.31 – Reconstruction (1st half)

1.29 – Historical Analysis & Writing Well (second half of class)

In today's class, I will explain my expectations for the quality of your writing and the principles of good writing that I expect you to follow. We will also discuss key principles of historical analysis. Complete these readings and use them to answer the questions for your second assignment: “Hamilton College Guide to Writing a… Continue reading 1.29 – Historical Analysis & Writing Well (second half of class)

1.29 – Academic Success & Studying History (first half of class)

In today's class, we will discuss how to achieve academic success as well as the importance of studying History. Assignment #1 - First writing assignment - due by class-time on Jan. 29 - 1% of final grade Write one or more single-spaced page answering these questions (you may copy and paste the questions into the… Continue reading 1.29 – Academic Success & Studying History (first half of class)