THE KING'S UNIVERSITY
||The United States, 1865-Present
||Dr. Luke Sandle
AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION:
||credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
||This course offers an introductory survey of the history of the
United States from the aftermath of the Civil War to the aftermath of
9/11. Topics include: Reconstruction; race relations and the rise of
the Civil Rights movement; women's rights and feminism; immigration;
religious and political culture; and pivotal conflicts such as the
Spanish-American War, World War I and II, and the Cold War. We will
also consider economic, military, cultural, and religious dimensions of
the global assertion of American power over the past 150 years.
Prerequisites: HIST 204
- All texts will be available as PDFs on Moodle.
DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
- Provide students with a detailed picture and understanding of key events in US history.
students ability to assess, interrogate, and analyze those events in
reference to a series of core themes and ideas laid out by the
- Understand how key developments in US history connect and relate to one another.
- Consider and approach the challenge of thinking US history both critically and contextually.
- Develop student confidence in presentation/public-speaking formats.
an answer to why religion (specifically Christianity) has been so
formative in US history, and inquire as to what this means for both
contemporary US politics and culture and for the future (legitimacy?)
of so-called ‘Christian countries’ in a globalized, pluralized,
- The Story So Far: America before 1865
- 1860s-1870s: Reconstruction
- Manifest Destiny: The American West
- 1870s-1900: The Gilded Age
- American Empire: The Philippines
- 1900-1920s: Progressive America
- Wilsonianism and WWI
- 1930s-1940s: New Deal America
- The “Good War”: America and the Second World War
- 1950s-1970s: The Cold War at Home
- The Rise and Fall of Liberal America
- 1980s: Reagan’s America
- The End of the Cold War
- 1990s: Peace-Dividend America
- 9/11 and Beyond: Whither the American Empire?
Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions
from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult
the course instructor for up to date details.