A Century of War: Cuba to The Cold War






The course will emphasize social history, with particular attention to areas traditionally ignored: race, class, gender, and ethnicity.
-- The Path of Empire, 1890-1899
-- America and The World, 1899-1909
-- Progressivism, 1901-1916
-- WWI
-- The "Roaring Twenties"
-- The Politics of Boom and Bust, 1920-1932
-- The Great Depression & The New Deal
-- FDR and the Shadow of War, 1933-1941
-- The Cold War, 1945-1954


-- Practice critical reading and outlining skills
-- Develop critical thinking skills through the comparative-history approach
-- Listen and participate actively in discussion, debate, presentation, and cooperative activities
-- Construct historical arguments based on complex (and potentially conflicting) data
-- Relate the impact of geography on political, social, and economic developments
-- Examine and interpret primary source materials
-- Construct and interpret timelines and charts
-- Identify the role of individuals in historical events


Major Texts
-- The American Pageant, 11th ed, by Houghton-Mifflin
-- A People's History by Howard Zinn
-- Internet research

1. PBS's Africans in America
2. PBS's The West
3. PBS's Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years
4. CNN's Cold War
5. HBO's Letters Home from Vietnam

Instructional Strategies

-- Discussion
-- Lecture
-- Group Work
-- Role Playing
-- Guided Practice, (e.g. How to set up a DBQ essay)
-- Review Drills


-- Discussions
-- Outlines
-- Quizzes
-- Flashcards
-- Exams, both multiple choice and essay
-- DBQ's
-- Simulations and projects
-- Dropping the atomic bomb tribunal
-- Decades skits
-- Review Activities


-- Students will demonstrate an understanding that history is an argument. This will be accomplished through the use of traditional and revisionist texts taught in a comparative approach.
-- Students will develop successful strategies for reading difficult texts, e.g. marginal notes, flashcards, outlining, etc.
-- Students will develop critical thinking skills by analyzing complex and contradictory historical data to arrive at original thesis statements.
-- Students will sharpen writing skills through the practice of writing clear, persuasive essays.
-- Students will improve oral presentations skills by wrestling with difficult questions of national identity both in socratic discussions and organized debates.
-- Students will successfully demonstrate their knowledge and writing skills by scoring a three or higher on the AP US History Exam in May.
-- Students will be able to know the effects of industrialization on living and working conditions, including the portrayal of working conditions and food safety in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle.
-- Students will be able to describe the changing landscape, including the growth of cities linked by industry and trade, and the development of cities divided according to race, ethnicity, and class.
-- Students will be able to analyze the effect of urban political machines and responses to them by immigrants and middle-class reformers.
-- Students will be able discuss corporate mergers that produced trusts and cartels and the economic and political policies of industrial leaders.
-- Students will be able to trace the economic development of the United States and its emergence as a major industrial power, including its gains from trade and the advantages of its physical geography.
-- Students will be able to understand the effect of political programs and activities of the Progressives (e. g., federal regulation of railroad transport, Children's Bureau, the Sixteenth Amendment, Theodore Roosevelt, Hiram Johnson).
-- Students will be able to analyze the great religious revivals and the leaders involved in them, including the First Great Awakening, the Second Great Awakening, the Civil War revivals, the Social Gospel Movement
-- Studens will be able to list the purpose and the effects of the Open Door policy.
-- Students will be able to describe the Spanish-American War and U. S. expansion in the South Pacific.
-- Students will be able to discuss America's role in the Panama Revolution and the building of the Panama Canal.
-- Students will be able to explain Theodore Roosevelt's Big Stick diplomacy, William Taft's Dollar Diplomacy, and Woodrow Wilson's Moral Diplomacy, drawing on relevant speeches.
-- Students will be able to analyze the political, economic, and social ramifications of World War I on the home front.
-- Students will be able to discuss the policies of Presidents Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover.
-- Students will be able to analyze the international and domestic events, interests, and philosophies that prompted attacks on civil liberties, including the Palmer Raids, Marcus Garvey's 'back-to-Africa' movement, the Ku Klux Klan, and immigration quotas and the responses of organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Anti-Defamation League to those attacks.
-- Students will be able to analyze the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment and the changing role of women in society.
-- Students will be able to describe the Harlem Renaissance and new trends in literature, music, and art, with special attention to the work of writers (e. g., Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes).
-- Students will be able to understand the explanations of the principal causes of the Great Depression and the steps taken by the Federal Reserve, Congress, and Presidents Herbert Hoover and Franklin Delano Roosevelt to combat the economic crisis.
-- Students will be able to analyze the effects of and the controversies arising from New Deal economic policies and the expanded role of the federal government in society and the economy since the 1930s (e. g., Works Progress Administration, Social Security, National Labor Relations Board, farm programs, regional development policies, and energy devel-opment projects such as the Tennessee Valley Authority, California Central Valley Project, and Bonneville Dam).
-- Students will be able to trace the advances and retreats of organized labor, from the creation of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations to current issues of a postindustrial, multinational economy, including the United Farm Workers in California.