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History 2002

Making America Modern, 1877 to the Present

Amsterdam

Credit hours: 3
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Prerequisites: English 1110.xx, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 1152. 2000-level courses, like this one, are the "lowest"-level history courses that will be offered on the Mansfield campus under semesters.

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Course Content: Through a combination of lectures, readings, documentary photography and film, as well as through rigorous discussions, this course examines the major political, economic, social and cultural trends that have shaped American life from 1877 to the present. It especially examines: 1) the rise of a modern industrial economy and its transformation in recent decades; 2) the creation of modern American government as well as debates over its proper size and scope; 3) how inequality has riddled American society and how various groups have sought to redress this fact, and; 4) why the United States has gone to war since the late 19th century and how these conflicts have, in turn, shaped life in the United States. Throughout the course, the American experience is examined within a global context.

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