Prince George's Community CollegeWelcome to History of the United States II

HST 143

Spring 2005


INSTRUCTOR:M. L. Kerns-Nocerito, Ph.D.

Dept. of History, Political Science and Geography





CLASS MEETING INFORMATION: Marlboro Hall Room 2068, 11:00-11:50 AM

OFFICE: ††††††††††††††††††† †††††Marlboro Hall Room: 2006

OFFICE HOURS: †††† †††††Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 to 10:50AM

PHONE NUMBER:†††††† English and Humanities Secretary: 301-322-0562

MAIL BOX: †††††††††††††††††Marlboro Hall Room 2054





History 143 is a survey of American History from Reconstruction (1865) until the mid-20th century.The course examines the nationís political development during that period.It also focuses on the social and economic impact of industrialization and urbanization of the nation.The course looks at the means by which various groups, who where excluded from mainstream society, gained a foothold in the nationís decision-making process.The course also traces Americaís growth from a continental and regional power to the most powerful nation in the world after World War II.It examines the impact of imperialism and American involvement in both world wars on foreign policy as well as Americaís response to the Communist threat following 1945.



Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:


  1. Trace the experiences of the newly freed slaves and the descendents over the time period covered by the course, explain the betrayal of African American by both major political parties at the end of the 20th century, and understand the outcomes of different approaches by succeeding generations of American blacks to achieve full political, economic, social, and educational equality.
  2. Understand the economic forces transforming the nation from a rural and agricultural society into an urban and industrial state and analyze their impact on society, day-to-day life, and culture.
  3. Identify different social and economic reform movement and explain the solutions to the problems that faced American society as a result of rapid industrialization and the concentration of the nationís wealth in the hands of a few.
  4. Explain the causes of the Great Depression and the increased role of the Federal Government in combating its effects and understanding the expanded role of the US Government in domestic affairs during the 20th century.
  5. Analyze the causes and course of the post-World War II Civil Rights Movement.
  6. Trace the rise of the United States as a great world power and explain the nationís role in two world wars if the 20th century.
  7. Analyze the causes and outcomes of the Cold War and the post World War II period.
  8. Appraise the origins of the Vietnam War and its impact on American political and social development in the 1960s.


TEXTBOOK: Allan Brinkley, The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People Volume II: from 1865 4th Edition.(New York: McGraw Hill, 2004).




Grade Breakdown


†††† Quiz 1 Wednesday February 16, 2005

†††† Quiz 2 Monday March 7, 2005

†††† Quiz 3 Friday April 15, 2005

†††† Quiz 4 Friday May 6, 2005


Midterm EXAM Friday March 18, 2005


Term Project DUE Friday April 22, 2005

Attendance & Class Participation




Total Grade Based on Ö


Grades are based on a 100-point scale as follows:


A = 90-100

B = 80-89

C = 70-79

D = 60-69

F = 50-59








  • The Term Project (to be assigned) will count for 20% of the final grade and must be completed to pass the class. DUE in class Friday April 22, 2005.
  • Attendance and Class Participation will count for 5% of the final grade and will be used at the instructorís discretion when deciding a close letter grade.



  • All students are required to attend class.Failure to do so will negatively effect your final grade.
  • Unexcused absentees on the day of a Quiz or Exam must be discussed with the instructor during posted office hours or by making an appointment.A makeup assignment will be provided on a case-by-case bases.





Reading for the Week


Week 1

Monday, January 24, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "Reconstruction and the New South" Chapter 15 pgs 396-427


Wednesday, January 26, 2005


Friday, January 28, 2005


Week 2

Monday, January 31, 2005



Wednesday, February 02, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "The Conquest of the Far West" Chapter 16 pgs 428- 455..


Friday, February 04, 2005


Week 3

Monday, February 07, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "Industrial Supremacy" Chapter 17 pgs 456-481.


Wednesday, February 09, 2005


Friday, February 11, 2005


Week 4

Monday, February 14, 2005

The Unfinished Nation
: "The Age of the City" Chapter 18 pgs 482-513.


Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Quiz 1

Friday, February 18, 2005

Chaps 15, 16 & 17

Week 5

Monday, February 21, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "From Stalemate to Crisis" Chapter 19 pgs 514-532.


Wednesday, February 23, 2005


Friday, February 25, 2005


Week 6

Monday, February 28, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "The Imperial Republic" Chapter 20 pgs 534-555.


Wednesday, March 02, 2005


Friday, March 04, 2005


Week 7

Monday, March 07, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "The Rise of Progressivism" Chapter 21 pgs 556-579.

Quiz 2

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Chaps 18, 19 & 20

Friday, March 11, 2005


Week 8

Monday, March 14, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "The Battle for National Reform" Chapter 22 pgs 580-601.


Wednesday, March 16, 2005


Friday, March 18, 2005

Midterm Exam
Chaps 15-22

Week 9

Monday, March 21, 2005

Spring Break, No Class


Wednesday, March 23, 2005


Friday, March 25, 2005


Week 10

Monday, March 28, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "America and the Great War" Chapter 23 pgs 602-625.


Wednesday, March 30, 2005


Friday, April 01, 2005


Week 11

Monday, April 04, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "The New Era" Chapter 24 pgs 626-647.


Wednesday, April 06, 2005


Friday, April 08, 2005


Week 12

Monday, April 11, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "The Great Depression" Chapter 25 pgs 648-676


Wednesday, April 13, 2005


Friday, April 15, 2005

Quiz 3
Chaps 23, 24 & 25

Week 13

Monday, April 18, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "The New Deal" Chapter 26 pgs 676-701


Wednesday, April 20, 2005


Friday, April 22, 2005



Week 14

Monday, April 25, 2005

The Unfinished Nation:The Global Crisis, 1921-1941" Chapter 27 pgs 702-719.


Wednesday, April 27, 2005


Friday, April 29, 2005


Week 15

Monday, May 02, 2005

The Unfinished Nation: "America in a World War" Chapter 28 pgs 702-749.


Wednesday, May 04, 2005


Friday, May 06, 2005

Quiz 4
Chap 26, 27 & 28

Week 16

Monday, May 09, 2005

Final Exam Review


Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Exam Week

Final Exam
Chaps 22-28

Friday, May 13, 2005

Monday May 16, 2005



  • Please show respect to others: all cell phones and pagers must be turned off and put away during class. Eating and drinking are not permitted in the classroom.



Last day to apply for spring graduation†††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tuesday, February 15

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