History 1378 Syllabus

Spring 2017

History 1378

Prof. Buzzanco

Office Hours: By Appointment


 Required Books


America Since the Civil War package, which includes 3 books:

 American Power, American People

Nunn-McGinty Reader Series, As They Said It

Nunn-McGinty Reader Series, American Society Since 1900


You can purchase the card with the codes at the bookstore or at this site,





Your grade in this course will be based on your scores on three exams [which may include essays and  IDs], two during the semester, at dates announced in class and on Blackboard ,worth 100 points each, and a final exam, worth 150 points.   Practice questions will be given out before the tests and review sessions with TAs will be scheduled.

Makeup Policy–read carefully.  We do not want to get flooded with requests for makeups.  Do everything in your power to be here on test dates.  If you miss an exam due to verifiable emergency conditions, with proper documentation, there will be makeup tests given on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of the professor/TAs. On the day of your scheduled make-up, you will be required to make up all missing tests.  The only excuses for missing that day will also be medical or other emergencies [not travel plans], for which you must provide written documentation. If you miss the makeup test, you will receive zeroes for those tests.  Additionally, it is your responsibility to notify your TA that you have missed an exam and to schedule a make-up as soom as possible.


Make sure you attend class regularly and keep up with the assigned readings. If at any time you are unsure of the material we are covering, please ask the T.A. or me.

For information on Incompletes or other UH policies and requirements, consult the UH Student Handbook.

Questioning a grade: If you have questions or other issues with the grade you received on a test, this is the procedure to follow. 


First, the TAs will not discuss your tests right after we turn them back to you (other than to correct a math error in the grading).  Please look at your exam and wait a day before contacting your TA.  Make an appointment with him/her and come to that meeting with specific questions and concerns and be prepared to specifically explain why you deserved a higher grade (do not simply say “I studied and thought I should have done better”).  If the TA and you do not reach an agreement, the TA will re-grade the entire test and the score be increased, decreased, or stay the same.


If at that point you still are not satisfied, make an appointment with me and bring  your specific concerns and questions and I will go over the exam and, as above, possibly re-grade it and give a new score accordingly.  At all times be respectful and courteous toward the TAs , and the same is expected of their interactions with you. At the end of the semester, please do not send me an email asking for your grade to be raised because you need extra points to maintain your GPA or to graduate or for other such reasons.  Again, any questioning of your grade must include specific questions or comments regarding the specific questions on the test.


Classroom decorum: Please put away your cell phones and any other devices besides a laptop.  Be courteous and quiet.




Topics and Reading Assignments


(American Power, American People is APAP;

As They Said It is ATSI;

American Society Since 1900 is AS 1900)


Week 1


Background: Reconstruction, Capitalism, Labor Wars, Empire


APAP, chapter 1

ATSI, chapter 1


Week 2

Imperialism, Markets, the Great War


APAP, chapter 2

ATSI, chapter 2

AS 1900, chapter 1



Week 3


The Aftermath of War Abroad and at Home


AS 1900, chapter 2

ATSI, chapter 3


Week 4


The 1920s


APAP, chapter 3



Week 5


FDR and the New Deal


APAP, chapter 4


Week 6


The Onset of War


APAP, chapter 5

AS 1900, chapter 3


Week 7


War, the Bomb, and Cold Wr


APAP, chapter 6

AS 1900, chapter 4


Week 8


The War at Home: Domestic Containment (Conformity and Counterculture)


APAP, chapter 7

ATSI, chapter 4







Week 9


Taking the Third World, Origins of Vietnam


ATSI, chapter 5

Vietnam and the Transformation of American Life,



Week 10


The Modern Civil Rights Era


APAP, chapter 8

ATSI, chapter 7

AS 1900, chapter 5


Week 11


Questioning Authority: The 1960s


ATSI, chapter 6

AS 1900, chapter 6


Week 12


Backlash and the Rise of the Conservatives


APAP, chapter 10

AS 1900, chapter 7


Week 13


Globalization and Militarism from Reagan to Clinton


AS 1900, chapter 8


Week 14


Economic Crash and Background to 9/11


Week 15


Economic Crash and Background to 9/11


APAP, chapter 11

ATSI, chapter 8

AS 1900, chapter 9


Week 15


The U.S., Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Middle East


APAP, Conclusion



Final Exam



























About buzzanco

Historian, Agitator, Sicilian
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