United States History Since 1877

Western Texas College
Department of Social Sciences

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description: A survey of the social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of the United States from the Civil War/Reconstruction era to the present. United States History II examines industrialization, immigration, world wars, the Great Depression, Cold War and post-Cold War eras. Themes that may be addressed in United States History II include: American culture, religion, civil and human rights, technological change, economic change, immigration and migration, urbanization and suburbanization, the expansion of the federal government, and the study of U.S. foreign policy.
    2. Prerequisites - Student should have a proficiency in reading and writing.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will: 
    1. Create an argument through the use of historical evidence
    2. Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources.
    3. Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on this period of United States history.
  3. Major Course Requirements
    1. Exams:  There will be three to five major exams spaced throughout the semester. Exam questions may include any combination of the following: True/false, multiple choice, fill in the blanks, short answer, and essay.
    2. Departmental Map Test: There will be one departmental map test this semester. It will cover significant places associated with World War II.
    3. Writing Assignments: There will be multiple writing assignments spaced throughout the semester.
    4. Collaborative Exercises: There will be multiple collaborative exercises spaced throughout the semester. Each of these assignments will require you to work with your peers analyzing/discussing documents, articles, and other information relating to the study of history.
  4. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. America, A Narrative History, by George B. Tindall and others. 9th edition ISBN #  978-0-393-91262-3
  5. Other Policies: Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities.
  6. Course Organization & Tentative Schedule*



Reading Assignments

Week 1

Course Introduction


Week 2



Week 3

Gilded Age: Big Business, Organized Labor, and Agrarian Revolt

America, Chapter 20, 21, 22

Week 4


America, Chapter 24

Week 5


America, Chapter 23 

Week 6

World War I

America, Chapter 25

Week 7


America, Chapter 26 & 27

Week 8

Depression & New Deal Progressivism

America, Chapter 28

Week 9

World War II

America, Chapter 29 & 30

Week 10

Cold War Progressivism: Fair Deal, Dynamic Conservativism, New Frontier, & the Great Society

America, Chapter 19, 33, & 34

Week 11

Cold War

America, Chapter 31 & 33

Week 12

Vietnam War

America, Chapter 34 & 35

Week 13

Reaction in the 1970s and the Conservative Insurgency

America, Chapter 35 & 36

Week 14

America at the Turn of the Century

America, Chapter 37

Week 15

Dead Week


Week 16

Final Exam



*The above schedule, policies, procedures, and assignments in this course are subject to change.




Last Modified: September 5, 2017