hist 103 american history


Students will examine American history from the Reconstruction Era to the present. They will gain an understanding of historical periods and events such as the Industrial Revolution, the Gilded Age, the Great Depression, the two World Wars, the Cold War, the Age of Affluence, and the Struggle for Racial and Gender Equality


  1. To provide the basic facts about American History.
  2. To enable students to use facts as “raw material” in making coherent arguments about the past.
  3. To develop students’ ability to communicate in written form, through class discussion and brief written assignments.




A People and a Nation: A History of the United States (10th Ed.)

Publisher: Cengage (2015)

Author(s): Norton, M.B., Kamensky, J., Sheriff, C., Blight, D.W., Chudacoff, H.

ISBN: 978-1285-4-30843

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