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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • History

U.S. History After 1876 HIST-112

  • Spring 2012
  • Section 02
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 01/09/2012 to 05/10/2012
  • Modified 05/03/2012

Contact Information

History 112 (sec. 02) United States History, 1876 to the Present

Spring 2012

Social and Behavioral Sciences Division, North Idaho College  

Dr.  Jewell 769-3326

Office:  MOL 201F

Office hours:  MTWRF: 9:15-10:25; MTWR Noon-12:55, 2:15-2:30;  T: 5:15-6:00;  and by appointment

Email: [email protected]   

Meeting Times

HIST 112-02, Meets M/W @ 10:30 to 11:45 a.m..


History 112 offers a broad chronological overview of U.S. History which deals with political, economic, social, and cultural development from the Gilded Age (c. 1876) through the present. Attention is focused on differing historical interpretations and on themes which illuminate current events. This course serves as partial fulfillment of the social science requirement for A.A. and A.S. degrees and is transferrable to regional four-year institutions. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Required Books:
Davidson, Nation of Nations, Vol 2, 1865 to the Present.
Graeber, True Stories, volume two, 1865 to the Present.



History 112 is an introductory survey of United States history from the Reconstruction era through the present. The objectives of this course are to ensure that students can identify the persons involved and the events that transpired, recognize the major themes (be they political, social, economic, or cultural) that shaped American after the Civil War, and most importantly, to comprehend why/how those themes occurred and what influenced citizens in the past to act as they did. Although this course is primarily designed for those pursuing an academic degree, the importance placed on critical thinking, the ability to weigh a variety of facts/evidence, and effective communicating (both in writing and verbally) will only help anyone in their daily lives and professional future. History 112 directly and indirectly pursues many of the General Education Abilities, especially points 1 (Critical/Creative Thinking), 2 (Communication), 4 (Historical, Cultural, Environmental Awareness), and 7(Information Literacy).

In compliance with the expectation that uniform student competencies be stated in all North Idaho College History syllabi, the following uniform outcomes are included:

The student should be geographically literate, that is able to locate the sites of significant historical events and to explain their geopolitical significance.

The student should be able to identify important historical individuals and their roles in history.

The student should be able to cite the causes and effects of significant historical events and their connections to subsequent events.

The student should be able to identify significant historical ideas and issues and their connections to subsequent developments.

The student should be able to synthesize information as demonstrated by competence in the following:

The ability to form value judgments or conclusions based on information
The ability to discriminate between fact and opinion
The ability to gain access to historical information required to arrive at and support conclusions
The ability to articulate conclusions in both written and spoken word


ATTENDANCE POLICY/PARTICIPATION POINTS: Strictly speaking attendance is kept, but only used to assist in tabulating your participation points. It is difficult to participate if you are not in class; therefore, frequent absences will result in diminished participation points or the possible complete elimination of those points altogether. Also, attending the class is the simplest method to ensure that you are well enough versed in the subject to pass this course. As the short essay quizzes and almost half the test material is drawn from class lecture, failure to attend will greatly diminish your knowledge of test material, resulting in substantially lower grades. If, for viable reasons, you cannot be in class and should miss a quiz it is possible that you will be allowed to make up the quiz at a time stipulated by me. You cannot make up the midterm or the final, if you do not discuss an absence with me in advance. If you cannot avoid being absent from class for the midterm or final, see me well in advance, and I will schedule an earlier time to take the exam.

QUIZZES: There will be five quizzes worth 24 points each (these MAY be broken into half quizzes, worth 12 points each, if so you will be notified prior to the quiz). Although they are unannounced, I will give you an approximate warning when planning a quiz (usually a weeks’ notice). It is important that you prepare for them by taking good notes during lecture and keeping up on the reading. Quizzes will be broken into two parts, the first consisting of multiple choice questions and the second of two short answer questions (or perhaps one slightly longer one). Short answers should be fairly brief, demonstrating a working knowledge of the information requested. When writing your responses, please attempt to avoid drawn-out answers; these questions are designed so they can be clearly answered in 15-18 minutes.

MINI MEMOIRS: This is your chance to write about an historical event in which you have been involved or were a direct observer. Trust me, as will become clear when I explain this assignment, everyone has an incident to relate that has historical significance. You will need to choose a single episode that can be made clear in three to four pages (of regular font), and which must be approved by me to ensure that it meets the requirement of historically relevant. Further details will be given as we near the assignment. This is designed to be both easy and hopefully fun, but do not procrastinate. IF a student can convince me they cannot come up with a topic to write upon, there will be an alternate (newspaper) assignment, worth the same points.

MIDTERM AND FINAL: Both the midterm and final will be combination multiple choice and essay tests taken in class. You will need to bring a blue testing booklet (or perhaps two) to class; they can be purchased in the bookstore. To assist you in preparation for your essay tests, I will hand out five possible questions the week prior to the test. For the midterm I will select three of the five questions for the actual test and you will answer one of those three.  For the final, I will hand out five questions, but instead of taking the final in class, you will answer two of the questions at home and bring the completed, typed answers to class on the day of the scheduled final. 



ID Quizzes:                           120 points (5 @ 24 points each, also half quizzes)

Mini Memoir/

Newspaper                            40 points (20/10/10)

Participation:                        40 points

Midterm:                               100 points (60/40)

Final:                                      150 points (70 + 2/40)


Grading Scale:


A             428                         C             333-346


A-            405-427                 C-            315-332


B+           392-404                 D+           297-314


B             378-391                 D             270-296


B-            360-377                 F             296 and below


C+           347-359

Course Policies

CELL PHONES/TEXT MESSAGING/OTHER UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR:  Having cell phones go off in class is disruptive and discourteous to your fellow students and me; therefore, turn off both cell phones and pagers unless you have an emergency, about which you must inform me before class starts.  If your cell phone goes off during class I will deduct 15 points each time it occurs.  If I cannot tell which person’s cell phone is going off, everyone in the general vicinity will lose 15 points unless the person steps forward.  Other unacceptable behavior, such as surfing the web if you have a laptop or sleeping will result in students being directed out of class so that those that want to be there will not be distracted, along with the loss of 15 points (doubling with each incident).


            (Re)Creating the Nation

Jan. 12, 17:                           Reconstructing America and its identity

Chpt. 17

                                                True Stories, chapter 1


Jan. 19, 24:                           Westward Migration and Internal Imperialism

                                                 Chpt. 18

                                                Pratt System


Jan. 26:                                  Railroads and Industrialization in the West

Chpt. 19


Jan. 31,

Feb. 2:                                    Urbanization of America

                                                Chpt. 20

                                                True Stories, chapter  7


                                                Americas Place in the World


Feb. 7, 9:                               Empire in the Making

                                                Chpt. 21

                                                True Stories, chapter 5      


Feb. 14, 16:                           T.R., Reform, and Progressivim                   

Chpt. 22                                               


Feb. 23, 28:                           World War I and America

                                             Chpt. 23                  

                                                True Stories, chapter 8



March 1:                               Midterm



                                                The New America faces a New World



March 6, 8:                           Paper Lion/Roaring 20s

                                                Chpt. 24


March 13, 15, 20:                                Paying the Price for the 1920s

                                                Chpt. 25               



March 22,

April 3:                                   U.S. and a World War

                                                Chapt. 26                             




April  5, 10:                           Cold War

                                                Chpt. 27

                                                **Mini memoirs due  4/5**


April 12, 17:                          Feel Good 50s

                                                Chpt. 28                                                               


April 19, 24, 26:                   Civil Unrest, Civil Rights

                                                Chpt. 29               


May 1, 3:                              Vietnam, war abroad, war at home, and the Nixon Years

Chpts. 30-31


May 10:                                FINAL EXAM  (at  Noon)




Additional Items

Class & Office Schedule

Fall 2011

Instructor: Dr. Jewell

Telephone:  769-3326































Office 9:15 to 10:30



Office to 10:30

HIST 111-01 @10:30

Office to 10:30

HIST 112-02


Office to 10:30

HIST 111-01 @10:30

Office to 10:30

HIST 112-02


 HIST 290-01

@10:30 (Hybrid, so for days not in class, I'll be in office)



Class to 11:45

Class to 11:45

Class to 11:45

Class to 11:45

Class to 11:45 



Office from Noon to 12:55

Office from Noon to 12:55

Office from Noon to 12:55

Office from Noon to 12:55




HIST 112-01 from 1:00 to 2:15

HIST 208A-01

@1:00 to 2:15

HIST 112-01 from 1:00 to 2:15

HIST 208A-01

@1:00 to 2:15






























Office 5;15 to 6:00







 HIST 111-04

From 6:00 to 9:00


























Division Policies

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: 

Academic Dishonesty
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college.Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts.  For a complete description, please see:

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.

For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01: 

Institutional Policies

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes for the fall term: November 7, 2011. 

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, ESU, 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

DROP FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  You must attend and participate in the first week of this class. Failure to do so will result in your being dropped from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. For Internet classes, attendance is based on participation in an instructional activity; you must complete the first week’s assignment(s) by the assignment due date. Drop for non-attendance occurs at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on the second Tuesday of the semester.