HIS 229 - Contemporary United States History
3 Lecture Hours
This course is designed as a study of the political, social and cultural movements in America during the 20th and 21st Century.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:
- Explain why the United States entered the 20th Century as the leading industrial nation.
- Identify the reasons why the United States entered World War I.
- Explain why isolationist sentiments dominated the 1920s and 1930s.
- Define the economic factors at work during the 1920s and 1930s.
- Explain the significance of World War II and Americas reentry in global matters.
- Convey an understanding of America’s place in the Cold War.
- Describe the social, political and economic developments since World War II.
- Provide details about American foreign policy since 1945.
- The Industrial Revolution in America
- America looks outward: 1898-1917
- World War I
- America looks inward: 1919-1940
- The “Roaring Twenties”
- The Great Depression: causes and solutions
- Increasing governmental centralization
- World War II
- The Cold War: 1945-1970
- The “Sixties Revolution”
- The War in Vietnam
- The Cold War: 1970-1991
- The Civil Rights Movement
- The “Reagan Revolution”
- The War on Terror, Globalization and the Information Revolution
Textbook, scholarly readings, films, maps and electronic resources as assigned.
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 05/15/2015
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