United States History II Syllabus for 2021-2022
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HIST-1302-015 United States History II


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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.

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The American Nation: A History of the United States, Volume I I    Carnes, et al   REVEL

Bundle with Access Code and Loose Leaf paper copy.  15th Ed.  2016

  • ISBN 13: 9780134101781

Access Code is REQUIRED and will be used for assignment grades.


Access to a reliable computer and reliable internet. Smartphones and tablets can be useful for reading, listening, and completing chapter assignments, however, they have numerous problems with the Main Exams in this course. All students should have access to a desktop or laptop computer with a reliable internet access when taking Exams.

Student Performance

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 in United States history.

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Log in using the AC Connect Portal

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If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Students are expected to follow all Amarillo College policies and procedures.

During discussions in the course; students are expected to be professional and follow common courtesy. The discussions in this class are meant to bring up various positions and sometimes the debate can be heated; however, it is appropriate to attack a certain argument or point of view, but it is never appropriate to attack the person who is posting information with which you may disagree.


If a student scores below 70% on an exam or writing assignment, he or she will be required to attend tutoring per the instructor’s directions before being allowed to complete the next assigned work

Grading Criteria

90-100 = A

80-89 = B

70-79 = C

60-69 = D

Below 60 = F

Exams Average  –  40%

Discussions Average  –  25%

Chapter Assignments – 25%

Course Paper  –  10%

All make up work will be allowed at the discretion of the instructor, if at all.


The online US History course will not have any on campus meetings. Students must log on to this course in AC Online the first day of regular classes and follow the instructions for the course. If a student needs individual assistance they can contact me to work out the problems or schedule an appointment.



Begin working on your chapter assignments as soon as possible. If you fail to complete any of the REVEL assignments by 4-7 you will be administratively dropped from the class.

Post and Introduction of yourself on the Discussion board. This is not graded and is NOT one of the graded Blackboard Discussions!


Read and complete assignments in REVEL:


Chapter 17: The Conquest of the West  

  • Introduction: The Conquest of the West
  • 17.1: The Real (versus the Mythical) West (15 points)
  • 17.2: Western Indians under Threat (15 points)
  • 17.3: The American West Exploited (15 points)
  • Summary: The Conquest of the West
  • Shared Writing: Indian Land (20 points)
  • Chapter 17 Quiz: The Conquest of the West (75 points)


Chapter 17 is due 3-29


Participate in Discussion One: this will be available 3-23; due 3-29


Week Two


Read and complete in REVEL:


Chapter 18: An Industrial Giant Emerges

  • Introduction: An Industrial Giant Emerges
  • 18.1: Essentials of Industrial Growth (15 points)
  • 18.2: Competition and Monopoly (15 points)
  • 18.3: Economic Consolidation: Good or Bad? (15 points)
  • 18.4: The Government Response to Big Business (15 points)
  • 18.5: The Rise of Organized Labor (15 points)
  • Summary: An Industrial Giant Emerges
  • Shared Writing: Big Box Stores (20 points)
  • Chapter 18 Quiz: An Industrial Giant Emerges (75 points)


Chapter 19: American Society in the Industrial Age 

  • Introduction: American Society in the Industrial Age 
  • 19.1: The Urban Middle Class (15 points) 
  • 19.2: The Urban Working Class (15 points) 
  • 19.3: The "New" Immigration (15 points) 
  • 19.4: Growth of the Cities (15 points) 
  • 19.5: Urban Reformers (15 points) 
  • Summary: American Society in the Industrial Age 
  • Shared Writing: Public Spaces (20 points) 
  • Chapter 19 Quiz: American Society in the Industrial Age (75 points)


Chapters 18 and 19 are due 4-5

After completing chapters 18 and 19 take the First Exam: this will be available from 4-1 to 4-5 and cover chapters 17-19


Week Three


Read and complete in REVEL:


Chapter 20: Intellectual and Cultural Trends in the Late Nineteenth Century

  • Introduction: Intellectual and Cultural Trends in the Late Nineteenth Century
  • 20.1: Education Is “Modernized” (15 points)
  • 20.2: Intellectuals Reinterpret Darwin (15 points)
  • 20.3: Realism Triumphs over Sentiment (15 points)
  • 20.4: Pragmatism and the Knowledge Revolution (15 points)
  • Summary: Intellectual and Cultural Trends in the Late Nineteenth Century
  • Shared Writing: Winning (20 points)
  • Chapter 20 Quiz: Intellectual and Cultural Trends in the Late Nineteenth Century (75 points)


Chapter 21: From Smoke-Filled Rooms to Prairie Wildfire: 1877–1896 

  • Introduction: From Smoke-Filled Rooms to Prairie Wildfire: 1877–1896 
  • 21.1: National Politics (15 points) 
  • 21.2: African Americans (15 points) 
  • 21.3: Urban and Rural Politics (15 points) 
  • 21.4: Economic Crisis and Political Turmoil: 1893–1896 (15 points) 
  • Summary: From Smoke-Filled Rooms to Prairie Wildfire: 1877–1896 
  • Shared Writing: American Idol 
  • Chapter 21 Quiz: From Smoke-Filled Rooms to Prairie Wildfire: 1877–1896 (75 points)


Chapters 20 and 21 are due 4-12


Participate in Discussion 2: this will be available 4-6;  due 4-12


Week Four


Read and complete in REVEL:


Chapter 22: The Age of Reform

  • Introduction: The Age of Reform
  • 22.1: Elements of Progressivism (15 points)
  • 22.2: Political Reform (15 points)
  • 22.3: Theodore Roosevelt: A Progressive as President (15 points)
  • 22.4: Taft and the Demise of the Republican Party (15 points)
  • 22.5: Woodrow Wilson: A Progressive Democrat (15 points)
  • 22.6: The Progressives and Minority Rights (15 points)
  • Summary: The Age of Reform
  • Shared Writing: Apathy (20 points)
  • Chapter 22 Quiz: The Age of Reform (75 points)


Chapter 23: From Isolation to Empire 

  • Introduction: From Isolation to Empire 
  • 23.1: The Lure of Empire (15 points) 
  • 23.2: War with Spain over Cuba (15 points) 
  • 23.3: Seizing the Philippines (15 points) 
  • 23.4: Imposition of Order on the Caribbean and Central America (15 points) 
  • 23.5: Toward an Empire in the Pacific (15 points) 
  • Summary: From Isolation to Empire 
  • Shared Writing: Afghanistan (20 points) 
  • Chapter 23 Quiz: From Isolation to Empire (75 points)


Chapters 22 and 23 are due 4-19

After completing chapters 22 and 23, take the Second Exam: this will be available from 4-15 to 4-19 and cover chapters 20-23

Begin work on the Course Term Paper - Available 4-6 through 5-3. Find the assignment under the Common Assessment Tab. Submit the paper through the Paper link with that assignment.



Week Five


Read and complete in REVEL:


Chapter 24: Woodrow Wilson and the Great War

  • Introduction: Woodrow Wilson and the Great War
  • 24.1: Wilson as President (15 points)
  • 24.2: The War at Home and in Europe (15 points)
  • 24.3: Wilson's Plan for Peace (15 points)
  • 24.4: Repercussions of War (15 points)
  • Summary: Woodrow Wilson and the Great War
  • Shared Writing: Traumatic Brain Injury (20 points)
  • Chapter 24 Quiz: Woodrow Wilson and the Great War (75 points)


Chapter 25: The Roaring Twenties 

  • Introduction: The Roaring Twenties 
  • 25.1: A New Era of Conservative Politics (15 points) 
  • 25.2: The "New Isolationism" (15 points) 
  • 25.3: The Jazz Age (15 points) 
  • 25.4: Resistance to Change (15 points) 
  • 25.5: New and Faster Transportation (15 points) 
  • Summary: The Roaring Twenties 
  • Shared Writing: Delights of Consumption (20 points) 
  • Chapter 25 Quiz: The Roaring Twenties (75 points)


Chapters 24 and 25 are due 4-26


Participate in Discussion 3: this will be available 4-22 and due 4-26


Don’t forget that the Course Term Paper is Due: 5-3


Week Six


Read and complete in REVEL:


Chapter 26: The Great Depression and the New Deal: 1929–1939

  • Introduction: The Great Depression and the New Deal: 1929–1939
  • 26.1: Economic Collapse (15 points)
  • 26.2: The First New Deal (15 points)
  • 26.3: The Second New Deal (15 points)
  • 26.4: The "Roosevelt Revolution" (15 points)
  • Summary: The Great Depression and the New Deal: 1929–1939
  • Shared Writing: Get a Job (20 points)
  • Chapter 26 Quiz: The Great Depression and the New Deal: 1929–1939 (75 points)


Chapter 27: A Second World War: 1941–1945 

  • Introduction: A Second World War: 1941–1945 
  • 27.1: Roosevelt Tiptoes Toward War (15 points) 
  • 27.2: War at Home (15 points) 
  • 27.3: War in Europe (15 points) 
  • 27.4: War in the Pacific (15 points) 
  • 27.5: Uncertain Allies (15 points) 
  • Summary: A Second World War: 1941–1945 
  • Shared Writing: War (20 points) 
  • Chapter 27 Quiz: A Second World War: 1941–1945 (75 points)


Chapters 26 and 27 are due 5-3

Discussion 4 due 5-3

After completing chapters 26 and 27, take the Third Exam: this will be available from 4-29 to 5-3 and cover chapters 24-27


Week Seven


Read and complete in REVEL:


Chapter 28: A New Enemy, Abroad and at Home: 1946–1960 

  • Introduction: A New Enemy, Abroad and at Home: 1946–1960 
  • 28.1: Containing Communism in Europe (15 points) 
  • 28.2: Containing Communism throughout the World (15 points) 
  • 28.3: Communism at Home (15 points) 
  • 28.4: The Eisenhower Era (15 points) 
  • 28.5: The Civil Rights Movement (15 points) 
  • 28.6: The Election of 1960 (15 points) 
  • Summary: A New Enemy, Abroad and at Home: 1946–1960 
  • Shared Writing: Religion in America (20 points) 
  • Chapter 28 Quiz: A New Enemy, Abroad and at Home: 1946–1960 (75 points)


Chapter 29: From Camelot to Watergate: 1961–1975

  • Introduction: From Camelot to Watergate: 1961–1975
  • 29.1: John F. Kennedy (15 points)
  • 29.2: Lyndon B. Johnson (15 points)
  • 29.3: Richard M. Nixon (15 points)
  • Summary: From Camelot to Watergate: 1961–1975
  • Shared Writing: Government Surveillance (20 points)
  • Chapter 29 Quiz: From Camelot to Watergate: 1961–1975 (75 points)


Chapters 28 and 29 are due 5-10


Week Eight




Chapter 30: Running on Empty: 1975–1999

  • Introduction: Running on Empty: 1975–1999 
  • 30.1: Ford Fills In (15 points) 
  • 30.2: Jimmy Carter and "Constant Decency" (15 points) 
  • 30.3: Ronald Reagan and the "Reagan Revolution" (15 points) 
  • 30.4: George H. W. Bush as President (15 points) 
  • 30.5: Bill Clinton as President (15 points) 
  • Summary: Running on Empty: 1975–1999 
  • Shared Writing: The Cost of Gas (20 points) 
  • Chapter 30 Quiz: Running on Empty: 1975–1999 (75 points)


Chapter 30 is due 5-11


After completing chapter 30, take Exam 4: this will be available from 5-6 to 5-11 and cover chapters 28-30





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