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U. S. History 1865 to 1945




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course provides an overview of the social, political, economic, and global events affecting U.S. history from the Civil War through World War II.



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Reconstruction and the West

  • Evaluate the outcomes of Reconstruction.
  • Summarize the economic, political, and social characteristics of the New South.
  • Describe the effect of western expansion and development on Native Americans.
  • Explain the populist response to late 19th-century development.

Industrialization and Progressivism

  • Describe the economic, political, and social influence of industrialization on America.
  • Explain the rise of Labor in response to factory conditions.
  • Connect industrialization to urbanization and immigration during the Gilded Age and
  • Progressive Era.
  • Describe the effects of Progressivism on American society in the early 20th century.

Imperialism and the Great War

  • Summarize American imperialism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • Identify the relationship between military events and outcomes of the Spanish-American War.
  • Examine the causes and results of American involvement in World War I.

The Jazz Age, Great Depression, and New Deal

  • Trace the rise of consumerism in America during the 1920s.
  • Identify social trends of the 1920s and their contributions to modern America.
  • Explain the underlying causes of the Great Depression.
  • Compare the responses of Hoover and Roosevelt to the economic crisis.
  • Summarize the economic, political, and social characteristics of the New Deal.

World War II

  • Identify the causes for American involvement in WW II.
  • Discuss the economic, political and social characteristics of the American home front during WW II.
  • Describe the military course of WW II across both Europe and the Pacific.
  • Analyze Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb.


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