Course Outline for History 8, Page 3
The 1970s: liberation movements emerge for Chicanos, Asian Americans, Native Americans, women, and Gay/Lesbian Americans; the Black Panthers; Cesar Chavez and the farmworkers movement; détente and Watergate; changing meanings of equality under the law.
A Nation of Immigrants, the Global Economy, 1979-2001
The Cold War returns as Reagan revives anti-communism; Iran and Afghanistan; “Reaganomics” and attack on the Welfare State; the environment under siege; the rise of the religious Right; cultural conflict; new immigration; the Iran-Contra scandal; the U.S. as “global policeman”
Post-Cold War America; decline of labor unions; growing gap between rich and poor; diversity: values in conflict; domestic terrorism; Clinton presidency v. the “Republican Revolution”; broken promises to gays and lesbians; the impeachment crisis; the nation and the world; the contested election of 2000.
Lecture and discussion
Appropriate multimedia material (various audio-visual, internet sites, film, etc.)
Distance Education: video lessons and/or web-based
As part of a small group, discuss the varied issues and considerations which may have led President Truman to order the atomic bombings of Japan and prepare an oral presentation to the entire class
Keep a written journal focusing on the evolution of civil rights in the Twentieth Century
Research internet web sites to collect information on the progress of the U.S. labor movement during the 1930s and World War II. Be sure to include examples of (a) inter-ethnic/racial cooperation in specific labor struggles, and (b) how racial/ethnic differences posed obstacles to worker solidarity.
d.Write a 5-6 page critique of the film, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Evaluate how accurately the film depicts racial, class, and gender relations of the time period
In small groups, discuss the history of initiative & recall in California, evaluate the root causes of the recall of Governor Gray Davis, analyze the politics of the recall campaign, and assess the election results. Be prepared to present your findings to the entire class.
Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Essays, objective exams, written and oral reports, and journals
Participation in class activities and group discussions