HIST 1025 American History since 1865

Instructor Contact:

Doug Sheflin


About the Course:

This course will address the social, political, cultural, and economic changes in America from the Civil War through the present.  The course will consider prominent people, issues, events, and debates that have transformed American society, informed national identity, and propelled it to become a world power.  While attention will be paid to well-known individuals and events, we will also look to more obscure forces which have influenced American history.  Such an extensive scope will provide a more complete sense of how the United States has changed over the last 150 years and how its history is relevant to contemporary life.  The readings, writings, and discussions are meant to sharpen your ability to: think, read, and write critically; analyze and evaluate data to form opinions; engage in discussion and debate; and understand modern America.

Course Prerequisites:



By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Recognize that the study of history is more than memorizing names and dates
  • Identify the importance of context and contingency to understanding history
  • Employ critical thinking and critical reading in approaching course content
  • Relate people and events to the “Key Themes” and understand that relationship
  • Assess contemporary issues and debates by appreciating their historical roots

Required Texts:

The American Yawp (https://www.americanyawp.com/), a free and open-source textbook

Philip Caputo, A Rumor of War

Grading (out of n points):

Two take-home exams, one five-page paper, and several short papers and discussions.

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