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HY 106
United States History Since 1865

Section 3504--M & W 1:25-4:20pm
Spring 1999
Mercer County Community College

Professor Peter K. Parides
Office: LA 148
Office Hours Mondays & Wednesdays 12:00-1:00pm

Goal of the Course:
    America is at a crossroads. As we draw nearer to the dawn of a new century, it seems necessary to think about our future by looking into the past. Over the course of the next seven weeks, we will determine how and why the American nation has developed into what it is today.

    The textbook, which is available in the bookstore, is The American Pageant: vol. II, Since 1865.

    Course grades will be determined by four quizzes, an in-class midterm, an in-class final, and five document analyses. Over the course of the semester, you will choose five documents on which to write a two-page analysis. Each of the five document analyses will count for 10% each, thus all five together count for 50% of you final grade. The midterm and final, which will consist of short answer questions, each count for 10% of your grade. Each quiz, which will consist of multiple choice questions, will count for 5% of your grade. The quizzes together count for a total of 20% of your grade. The remaining 10% of your grade lies in the quality of your class participation and on your attendance record. Anyone with more than two absences will have their final grade drop by 5 points.

Course Web Site:
    All course materials can be viewed and downloaded at the course web site. You can also learn about the course topics more in depth by using the site. The address is:

Course Schedule:

March 24- Introduction to the course. Movie- "Glory".

March 29-Reconstruction & Industrialization.

March 31-America at the turn of the century.

April 5- The First World War. Movie- "All Quiet on the Western Front".

April 7-The Great Depression & The New Deal.

April 12-Movie-"Schindler's List".

April 14-Movie-"Schindler's List".

April 19-MIDTERM EXAM. The Civil Rights Era.

April 21-The Civil Rights Era. Documentary-"Eyes on the Prize".

April 26-The Korean & Vietnam Wars.

April 28-Movie-"Born on the Fourth of July". May 3-The 1960s.

May 5-The Feminist Era & Hillary Rodham Clinton.

May 10-The Decade of William Jefferson Clinton. Movie-"Primary Colors".

FINAL EXAM- FRIDAY, MAY 14, 12:30-2:30 PM