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HIST-112 American History Since 1877

The student will be able to describe the major political, diplomatic, economic, and social developments in American history from the end of the Reconstruction period to the present. In particular, the student will study: the rise of industrial capitalism, the mechanization of agriculture; the end of the frontier and the wars with the Native-Americans; immigration; urbanization; the changing role of the family; the history of women; the history of Afro-Americans; the political party system; the Populist, Progressive and New Deal reforms; the impact of the New Deal on current domestic politics; and the impact of World War II and the Cold War on American Foreign Policy.

       Eligible to enroll in ENGL-101
 Instructor           Mark Tacyn
   Phone                 443-518-4949
          Office                    ST143

Overall Course Objectives | Major Course Topics | Course Format | Orientation | Course Requirements | Texts and Materials

Overall Course Objectives

Once you have completed this course you will be able to:

•  Describe major political diplomatic, economic, and social developments in American History since 1877

Major Course Topics

  • Industrial Revolution
  • Growth of America
  • Changing Roles of Native and African-Americans
  • Political Party System
  • World War I & II
  • Great Depression
  • Cold War
  • Vietnam War
  • Reagan Years
  • Current Events

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Course Format

This course:

  • Can be self-paced.
  • Does require that the student view each of the 26 half-hour television documentaries (via HCC Library electronic reserves).
  • Does not require on-campus meetings
  • Does not require real-time chats.

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  • This course does not have a face-to-face orientation.

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Course Requirements

  • Review the “What you should know before you register” section of the eLearning Homepage.
  • Three exams (taken in the Test Center)
  • Two short 5-8 page papers
  • Participation in weekly discussion boards

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Textbook information:  To visit our bookstore's online sales site, please visit and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.

Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:

Review the Technical Requirements link above. The following plug-ins are required for this course:

  • Internet Explorer
  • RealPlayer
  • Word Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft Word

If you have any questions or comments about this course, please send a message to eLearning,

Last updated on  10-July-09 © Howard Community College, 2000

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