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

U.S. History After 1876 HIST-112-85

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 1
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 09/04/2012 to 01/24/2013
  • Modified 09/04/2012

Contact Information

History 112-85.  United States History, 1876 to the Present

Fall 2012

Social and Behavioral Sciences Division, North Idaho College

Mr. Paul Bonnell 267-3149

Office: Bonners Ferry High School

Office Hours: MTWR: 11:20-12:20; MTWR: 12:25-12:55

Email: [email protected]

Meeting Times

Meeting Times

HIST 112, Meets MTWR @ 12:55-1:55 P.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:

Norton, A People and a Nation, Volume II: Since 1865.  Ninth Edition.

Maddox, United States History: Volume 2—Reconstruction Through the Present.  21st Edition.


General Education Abilities and Course Outcomes


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 history 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



Reading and Lecture Response Journal/Notes—20%

            --Keep a journal with notes, questions, observations, and reflections.  This will cover assigned class reading from the class texts, supplemental materials, and classroom lecture.  It will be checked periodically and will be instrumental in helping you prepare for exams.  Additionally, it may serve to help you generate research interests.

Mid-Term Exam—20%

            --The mid-term exam will be a combination of multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions and may include map, textual, and/or document analysis.

Final Exam—20%

            --The final exam will be a combination of multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions and may include map, textual, and/or document analysis.

Research Paper—20%

            --Before mid-term you will need to choose a topic about which to write a scholarly research paper.  The paper will utilize the Chicago Manual of Style and will require you to incorporate both primary and secondary source material.  Please refer to the Research Paper Style Sheet for guidelines and/or ask me if you have any questions.  We will have one or two days devoted to research and determining source credibility, but the bulk of this assignment will be completed out of class.

Book Critiques/Analysis Essays—20%

            --You will write two analysis essays/critiques.  In these, you will be evaluating the historical value of texts.  The first critique must analyze a print source such as Timothy Egan’s The Worst Hard Time.  The second can analyze either another print text or a non-print “text” such as a television mini-series or film that contains historical elements.  One aspect of the paper will be examining the degree to which the book or film accurately or inaccurately represents history.  If the text contains serious misrepresentations of history, you may need to examine why this is the case and the problem that it creates for the general populace’s views of history.  Please approve “texts” with me prior to completing the essay.


Grades are assigned as follows:

A         95 and above                          C         74-76

A-        90-95                                       C-        70-73

B+       87-89                                       D+       65-69

B         84-86                                       D         60-64

B-        80-83                                       F          Below 60

C+       77-79


Schedule (Chapter Readings are from A People and a Nation; other readings will be assigned from the Maddox volume as well as other supplementary materials)

Week 1 (9/4-9/6) Reconstruction                                                                    Reading: Ch. 16

Week 2 (9/10-9/13) Development of the West                                               Reading: Ch. 17

Week 3 (9/17-9/20) The Machine Age                                                            Reading: Ch. 18

Week 4 (9/24-9/27) Urban Life                                                                      Reading: Ch. 19

Week 5 (10-1-10/3) Gilded Age Politics                                                        Reading: Ch. 20

Week 6 (10/8-10/11) The Progressive Era                                                      Reading: Ch. 21

Week 7 (10/15-10/18) The Quest for Empire                                                 Reading: Ch. 22

                        Also: Analysis Essay 1 Due 10/18

Week 8 (10/22-10/25) Americans in the Great War                                       Reading: Ch. 23

Week 9 (10/1-11/1) The New Era                                                                   Reading: Ch. 24

                        Also: Mid-Term Exam 11/1

Week 10 (11/5-11/8) The Great Depression and the New Deal                     Reading: Ch. 25

Week 11 (11/12-11/15) A Troubled World                                                    Reading: Ch. 26

Week 12 (11/19-11/22) Thanksgiving Holidays.  No class sessions, but complete the reading during this week: The Second World War                                                     Reading: Ch. 27

Week 13 (11/26-11/29) The Cold War and American Globalism                   Reading: Ch. 28

Week 14 (12/3-12/6) America at Midcentury                                                 Reading: Ch. 29

Week 15 (12/10-12/13) The Tumultuous Sixties                                            Reading: Ch. 30

                        Also: Analysis Essay 2 Due 12/13

Week 16 (12/17-12/20) Continuing Divisions and New Limits                     Reading: Ch. 31

Christmas Holidays 12/21-1/6

Week 17 (1/7-1/10) Conservatism Revived                                                    Reading: Ch. 32

                        Also: Research Paper due 1/10

Week 18 (1/14-1/17) Into the Global Millenium                                            Reading: Ch. 33

                        Also: Final Exam and Research Paper Presentation During Final Exam Week

Division Policies

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

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

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.