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Chabot CollegeFall 2004

Replaced Fall 2010

Course Outline for History 8

U.S. HISTORY SINCE RECONSTRUCTION

Catalog Description:

8 – U.S. History Since Reconstruction3 Units

A survey of United States history from 1877 to the present with a special emphasis on the interaction amongst and the experiences of diverse racial/ethnic (African Americans, European Americans, Native Americans, Chicano/Latino Americans, Asian Americans, and Middle Eastern Americans), gender and socioeconomic groups in American History.  Includes analysis of  (1) the U.S. Constitution as a living document in the context of historical change, and (2) significant issues related to California state and local governments.  3 hours.

[Typical contact hours: 52.5]

Prerequisite Skills:

None

Expected Outcomes for Students:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

1.

discuss and explain the rise of and expansion of industrial capitalism in the United States,  and the economic transformations of the 20th Century; analyze the effects of economic changes on women, gender roles, working class relations,  racial/ethnic minority groups, and U.S. diplomacy;

2.

analyze the crisscrossing dynamics of race, ethnicity, gender, religion and class in American society from 1877 to the present, and assess the impact of these dynamics on U.S. political institutions, laws and electoral politics;

3.

outline and discuss the contributions and experiences of major racial/ethnic, gender and social groups in the development of U.S. political, economic, cultural and social institutions; discuss the interactions, collaborations and conflicts amongst these groups;

4.

evaluate the role of geography in the context of economic and political change in the United States.

5.

identify and analyze the major periods of social change and reform from 1877 to the present; evaluate the roots of reform and the long-term consequences for U.S. society;

6.

trace the evolution of U.S. foreign policy, identify its economic and ideological                                    roots and significant features, and evaluate the impact of U.S. diplomacy on U.S. society and the rest of the world.

7.

discuss both the power and limitations of federal court decisions in advancing the civil rights of women, racial & ethnic minorities, gender minorities, and in redefining American citizens’ right to due process under the law.

8.

evaluate both 20th Century amendments to the California state constitution and state legislation which have had a significant impact on both California and national politics.

Course Content:

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