Towson University – Fall 2004
Lecture Hall 238
This is a survey of U.S. history covering the period from the mid-19th century through the 21st century, with a particular emphasis on the development of American democracy. Through lectures, readings, and video documentaries we will explore some of the most critical social, political, and economic struggles that shaped the current system of laws and customs in the country. From the Abolitionists and Populists of the 19th century, to the Progressives, Suffragists, and Socialists of the early 20th century, through the modern Civil Rights and Antiwar movements of the 1960s, Black Power, and the conservative backlash that followed in the 1970s and 1980s, to the postmodernists of today, scores of women and men from diverse backgrounds have expanded the franchise, asserted – as well as reinterpreted – the rights of citizens, forged new legal precedents, and created new cultural standards.
Attendance and participation (10%)
Midterm Exam (35%)
Final Exam (40%)
If you need accommodation due to a disability, please make an appointment to see me during my office hours. A written statement from Disability Support Services (410-704-2638) authorizing your accommodation will be required.
Week 1– Course overview (All readings below are from the textbook Give Me Liberty!)