HIST 1323 US 1876 to Present

Spring 2018

Instructor: Dr. James Thomas Jones III
Section # and CRN: P05 25500
Office Location: George R. Woolfolk Building Room #320
Office Phone:   936-261-3204
Email Address: JTJones@pvamu.edu
Office Hours: W 12:00 – 5:00
Mode of Instruction: Face to Face
Course Location: TBA
Class Days & Times: TR 8:00 am – 9:20 am
Catalog Description: Surveys modern American development: the industrial nation and its problems; expansionist and muckraker; the First Crusade, Normalcy and Reaction, Depression, and the New Deal; and the Second World War and after.
Prerequisites: N/A
Co-requisites: N/A
Required Texts: US: A Narrative History, Volume 2: Since 1865 (Paperback)

by James West Davidson, Brian DeLay, Christine Leigh Heyrman, Mark Lytl, Michael Stoff (ISBN 0077236211).

The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley by Malcolm X

Revolutionary Suicide by Huey P. Newton



Recommended Texts: N/A
Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:



Program Learning Outcome # Alignment Core Curriculum Outcome Alignment


1 Learn basic facts of American history; 1 Critical Thinking
2 Be Better able to think critically, recognize change over time, and demonstrate an understanding of how actions have consequences. 2 Critical Thinking
3 Relate present-day issues and experiences to those of the past, in order to provide a better basis for personal responsibilities, appreciating challenges, and possibilities of contemporary times. 3 Communications
4 Supplement knowledge of sources and methods of learning American history. 4 Personal Responsibility
5 Develop global perspective and social responsibility by recognizing and remarking upon relationships between domestic and foreign affairs. 5 Social Responsibility




Major Course Requirements  
Method of Determining Final Course Grade  
  Course Grade Requirement Value Total
  1) Examination #1                        25%                  100 Points
  2) Mid-Term Examination                        25%                  100 Points
  3) Book Precis                        25%                  100 Points
  4) Final Exam                        25%                  100 Points
  Total:                       100%                  400 Points
Grading Criteria and Conversion:

A = 400 – 360 Points

B = 359 – 320 Points

C = 319 – 280 Points

D = 279 – 240 Points

F = 239 Points

Detailed Description of Major Assignments:  
Assignment Title or Grade Requirement  


Exams: There will be three exams given throughout the semester. Exams will consist of a mix of multiple choice, short answer, identification, matching, and essay questions, at the discretion of the instructor. The midterm and final exams will not be comprehensive and will weigh equally with other exams. Make up exams are given at the instructors discretion for documented excused absences. Please consult the student handbook for an explanation of what “excused absences.”


Book Precis For this assignment, you’ll write a précis on The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Length: The paper should be typed, doubled-spaced with margins on each side of approximately one inch, and be between 2 and 3 pages in length (750 to 1250 words).  In addition, you should use Times New Roman font and employ a conservative header (very little space used).



A précis is a summary and critical evaluation of a piece of scholarly work. It will typically take the following form:

  1. Full bibliographic citation in Chicago of Style Manual format of the book. This should be the title of your assignment.

Author, Title (City of Publisher:  Publisher, Year of Publication; reprint, City of Reprint Publisher:  Reprint Publisher, Year of reprint Publication).


Gordon Shumway

Edward Countryman, A People In Revolution:  The American Revolution and Political Society in New York, 1760-1790 (Baltimore:  Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981; reprint, New York:  W.W. Norton and Co., 1989).

  1. First paragraph: an objective summary or abstract of the publication. This paragraph should present the information as objectively as possible. You’ll have a chance to critique the argument in the second part of your précis. You should not use the abstract published for the book. The first paragraph should contain the following information:
    1. The overall argument that the author is making, including the author’s thesis, the logical thread of the argument, the kinds of support provided, and so forth. If the author invents or uses special terms to argue the case, mention and define them.
    2. The context for the argument. What critics or points of view is the author attempting to refute? Where does the author’s argument fit into the larger critical discussion of the issue? Is the author attempting to overturn certain assumptions about the work, and, if so, what are those assumptions?
  2. Second paragraph: a critical analysis of the publication. In this paragraph, you’ll assess the strengths and weaknesses of the article and discuss the implications of its reasoning for future study of the work. These questions may help you get started:
    1. What parts of the article were especially strong or insightful, and why?
    2. In what parts of the essay (if any) did the author make claims that were not supported by the evidence? Were there any flaws in the logic of the piece?
    3. In what ways is this book useful for understanding the historical topic covered? How significant is it? How does it relate to American society today?















Course Procedures or Additional Instructor Policies  


Taskstream is a tool that Prairie View A&M University uses for assessment purposes. At least one of your assignments is REQUIRED to be submitted as an “artifact,” an item of coursework that serves as evidence that course objectives are met. More information will be provided during the semester, but for general information, you can visit Taskstream via the link in eCourses.




Academic Calendar (Spring 2017)


Jan 11 – Jan 13 Registration

Thursday through Saturday

Jan 15 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (University Closed)


Jan 16 First Class Day. Instruction Begins


Jan 16 – Jan 20 Late Registration and Drop/Add Period

Tuesday through Saturday

Jan 21 Student Web Registration Access Close


Jan 25 General Student Assembly-All Students Attend


Jan 31 12th Class Day (Census Date)


Jan 31 Last Day to Withdraw from Course(s) without Academic Record


Jan 31 Late Deadline to Apply for Spring 2017 Graduation


Feb 01 – Apr 02 Withdrawal from Course(s) with Academic Record (“W”) Begins


Feb 12 20th Class Day


Mar 08 – Mar 10 Mid-Semester Examination Period

Thursday through Saturday

Mar 12 – Mar 17 Spring Break

Monday through Saturday

Mar 19 Instruction Resumes


Mar 20 Mid-Semester Grades Due


Mar 23 60% of Term – Spring 2018


Mar 28 Founders Day/ Honors Convocation


Mar 30 – Mar 31 Good Friday (Student Holiday)

Friday through Saturday

Apr 10 – May 23 Priority Registration Period Fall 2018 Semester
Apr 13 Deadline to Apply for Summer 2018 Graduation
Apr 30 – May 01 Course Review Days [Classes must convene and instructors will prepare students for Final Exams]

Monday through Tuesday

May 01 Last Class Day for Spring 2017 Semester


May 01 Last Day to Withdraw from the University (from All Courses) for the Spring 2017 semester


May 02 – May 08 Final Examination Period

Wednesday through Tuesday





May 15 Final Grades Due



Semester Calendar

Course Outline:

Unit One: Emergence of Modern America


Week 1

Read US: A Narrative History: Chapter 17: “Reconstructing the Union [1865-1877]

Read US: A Narrative History: Chapter 18: “The New South and the Trans-Mississippi West [1870-1890]

Week 2

Read US: A Narrative History: Chapter 19: “The New Industrial Order [1870-1900]

Read US: A Narrative History: Chapter 20: “The Rise of an Urban Order [1870-1900]

Read US: A Narrative History: Chapter 21: “The Political System under Strain at Home and Abroad [1877-1900]


Week 3

Read US: A Narrative History: Chapter 22: “The Progressive Era [1890-1920]

Read US: A Narrative History: Chapter 23: “The United States and the Collapse of the Old World Order [1901-1920]


Week 4

Read US: A Narrative HistoryChapter 24: “The New Era [1920-1929]

Exam I



Unit Two: America’s Entrance into World Power Status


Week 5

Read US: A Narrative History: Chapter 25: “The Great Depression and the New Deal [1929-1939]”


Week 6

Read US: A Narrative History: Chapter 26: “America’s Rise to Globalism [1927-1945]


Week 7

Read US: A Narrative History: Chapter 27: “Cold War America [1945-1954]

Read US: A Narrative History: Chapter 28: “The Suburban Era [1945-1963]

Read Foolish Floyd (Chapter 4 – 5)

Read The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Completed)




Week 8

Read US: A Narrative History: Chapter 29: “Civil Rights and Uncivil Liberties [1947-1969]

Mid-Term Exam


Unit Three: World War II, the Cold War, and Civil Rights


Week 9 & 13

Read US: A Narrative History: Chapter 30: “The Vietnam Era [1963-1975]

Read US: A Narrative History: Chapter 31: “The Conservative Challenge [1976-1992]

Read Revolutionary Suicide (Completed by March 19)



Unit Four: Contemporary America


Week 14

Read US: A Narrative History: Chapter 32: “Nation of Nations in a Global Community [1980-2008]

Book Precis Due


Week 15 & 16

Study Days

Final Examination























Student Support and Success


John B. Coleman Library

The library and its partners have as their mission to provide resources and instructional material in support of the evolving curriculum, as a partner in Prairie View A&M University’s mission of teaching, research, and service and to support the University’s core values of access and quality, diversity, leadership, relevance, and social responsibility through emphasis on ten key areas of service. It maintains library collections and access both on campus, online, and through local agreements to further the educational goals of students and faculty. https://www.pvamu.edu/library/   Phone: 936-261-1500


The Learning Curve (Center for Academic Support)

The Learning Curve offers Tutoring via peer tutoring.  The services include workshops (i.e., Save My Semester, Recalculate Your Route), seminars (i.e., Tools You Can Use: TI-84), group review sessions (i.e., College Algebra Topic Reviews, GRE Preparation), group study opportunities (i.e., TSIA, HESI, Study Break, Exam Cram), and test-taking strategies (How to take Notes, Study Buddy, 5 Day Study Guide). The Learning Curve is a nationally certified tutoring program through the National Tutoring Association.  The peer tutors are trained and certified by the coordinator each semester. Location: J.B. Coleman Library Rm. 207F. Phone: 936-261-1561


The Center for the Oversight and Management of Personalized Academic Student Success (COMPASS)

The Center for the Oversight and Management of Personalized Academic Student Success (COMPASS) is designed to help Prairie View students in their second year and beyond navigate towards graduation by providing the following services: Academic Advisement, Targeted Tutorials for Personalized Learning, Campus-Wide Referrals, and Academic & Social Workshops. Location: J.B. Coleman Library Rm. 306. Phone: 936-261-1040


Writing Center

The Writing Center provides student consultants on all aspects of the writing process and a variety of writing assignments. Writing Center consultations assist students in such areas as prewriting, brainstorming, audience awareness, organization, research, and citation. Students taking on-line courses or courses at the Northwest Houston Center or College of Nursing may consult remotely or by email. Location: Hilliard Hall Rm. 121. Phone: 936-261-3724.


Student Counseling Services

The Student Counseling Services unit offers a range of services and programs to assist students in maximizing their potential for success: short-term individual, couples, and group counseling, as well as crisis intervention, outreach, consultation, and referral services. The staff is licensed by the State of Texas and provides assistance to students who are dealing with academic skills concerns, situational crises, adjustment problems, and emotional difficulties. Information shared with the staff is treated confidentially and in accordance with Texas State Law. Location: Owens-Franklin Health Center Rm. 226. Phone: 936-261-3564



The Department of Testing administers College Board CLEP examinations, the HESI A2 for pre-nursing majors, LSAT for law school applicants and MPRE for second-year law students, the Experiential Learning Portfolio option, the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment, which determines college readiness in the state, and exam proctoring, among other service such as SAT and ACT for high school students. Location: Delco Rm. 141. Phone: 936-261-4286


Office of Diagnostic Testing and Disability Services

As a federally-mandated educational support unit, the Office of Disability Services serves as the repository for confidential disability files for faculty, staff, and students.  For persons with a disability, the Office develops individualized ADA letters of request for accommodations.  Other services include: learning style inventories, awareness workshops, accessibility pathways, webinars, computer laboratory with adapted hard and software, adapted furniture, proctoring of non-standardized test administrations, ASL interpreters, ALDs, digital recorders, livescribe, Kurtzweil, and a comprehensive referral network across campus and the broader community. Location: Evans Hall Rm. 317. Phone: 936-261-3585


Veteran Affairs

Veterans Services works with student veterans, current military and military dependents to support their transition to the college environment and continued persistence to graduation.  The Office coordinates and certifies benefits for both the G.I. Bill and the Texas Hazlewood Act. Location: Evans Hall Rm. 323. Phone: 936-261-3563


Office for Student Engagement

The Office for Student Engagement delivers comprehensive programs and services designed to meet the co-curricular needs of students. The Office implements inclusive and accessible programs and services that enhance student development through exposure to and participation in diverse and relevant social, cultural, intellectual, recreational, community service, leadership development and campus governance. Location: Memorial Student Center Rm. 221. Phone: 936-261-1340


Career Services

Career Services supports students through professional development, career readiness, and placement and employment assistance. The Office provides one-on-one career coaching, interview preparation, resume and letter writing, and career exploration workshops and seminars.  Services are provided for students at the Northwest Houston Center and College of Nursing in the Medical Center twice a month or on a requested basis.  Distance Learning students are encouraged to visit the Career Services website for information regarding services provided. Location: Evans Hall Rm. 217. Phone: 936-261-3570



University Rules and Procedures


Disability Statement (Also See Student Handbook): 

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact Disability Services, in Evans Hall, Room 317, or call 936-261-3585/3.


Academic Misconduct (See Student Handbook): 

You are expected to practice academic honesty in every aspect of this course and all other courses. Make sure you are familiar with your Student Handbook, especially the section on academic misconduct.  Students who engage in academic misconduct are subject to university disciplinary procedures.


Forms of Academic Dishonesty: 

  1. Cheating: deception in which a student misrepresents that he/she has mastered information on an academic exercise that he/she has not mastered; giving or receiving aid unauthorized by the instructor on assignments or examinations.


  1. Academic misconduct: tampering with grades or taking part in obtaining or distributing any part of a scheduled test.


  1. Fabrication: use of invented information or falsified research.


  1. Plagiarism: unacknowledged quotation and/or paraphrase of someone else’s words, ideas, or data as one’s own in work submitted for credit. Failure to identify information or essays from the Internet and submitting them as one’s own work also constitutes plagiarism.


Nonacademic Misconduct (See Student Handbook)

The university respects the rights of instructors to teach and students to learn.  Maintenance of these rights requires campus conditions that do not impede their exercise. Campus behavior that interferes with either (1) the instructor’s ability to conduct the class, (2) the inability of other students to profit from the instructional program, or (3) campus behavior that interferes with the rights of others will not be tolerated. An individual engaging in such disruptive behavior may be subject to disciplinary action. Such incidents will be adjudicated by the Dean of Students under nonacademic procedures.


Sexual Misconduct (See Student Handbook): 

Sexual harassment of students and employers at Prairie View A&M University is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.  Any member of the university community violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.


Title IX Statement

Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) is committed to supporting students and complying with the Texas A&M University System non-discrimination policy. It seeks to establish an environment that is free of bias, discrimination, and harassment. If you experience an incident of sex- or gender-based discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual assault or attempted sexual assault, we encourage you to report it. While you may talk to a faculty member about an incident of misconduct, the faculty member must report the basic facts of your experience to Ms. Alexia Taylor, PVAMU’s Title IX Coordinator. If you would like to speak with someone who may be able to afford you privacy or confidentiality, there are individuals who can meet with you. The Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies and can assist you with understanding your options and connect you with on- and off-campus resources. The Title IX Coordinator can be reached by phone at 936-261-2123 or in Suite 013 in the A.I. Thomas Administration Building.


Class Attendance Policy (See Catalog for Full Attendance Policy)

Prairie View A&M University requires regular class attendance. Attending all classes supports full academic development of each learner whether classes are taught with the instructor physically present or via distance learning technologies such as interactive video and/or internet.

Excessive absenteeism, whether excused or unexcused, may result in a student’s course grade being reduced or in assignment of a grade of “F”. Absences are accumulated beginning with the first day of class during regular semesters and summer terms. Each faculty member will include the University’s attendance policy in each course syllabus.

Student Academic Appeals Process

Authority and responsibility for assigning grades to students rests with the faculty.  However, in those instances where students believe that miscommunication, errors, or unfairness of any kind may have adversely affected the instructor’s assessment of their academic performance, the student has a right to appeal by the procedure listed in the Undergraduate Catalog and by doing so within thirty days of receiving the grade or experiencing any other problematic academic event that prompted the complaint.




Minimum Recommended Hardware and Software:

  • Intel PC or Laptop with Windows 7; Mac with OS X; Smartphone or iPad/Tablet with Wi-Fi
  • High speed Internet access
  • 8 GB Memory
  • Hard drive with 320 GB storage space
  • 15” monitor, 800×600, color or 16 bit
  • Sound card w/speakers
  • Microphone and recording software
  • Keyboard & mouse
  • Most current version of Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer or Firefox

Note: Be sure to enable Java & pop-ups in the Web browser preferences


Participants should have a basic proficiency of the following computer skills:

  • Sending and receiving email
  • A working knowledge of the Internet
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word (or a program convertible to Word)
  • Proficiency in the Acrobat PDF Reader
  • Basic knowledge of Windows or Mac O.S.


Netiquette (online etiquette):

Students are expected to participate in all discussions and virtual classroom chats as directed. Students are to be respectful and courteous to others on discussions boards. Foul or abusive language will not be tolerated.


Technical Support:

Students should go to https://mypassword.pvamu.edu/ if they have password issues. The page will provide instructions for resetting passwords and contact information if login issues persist. For other technical questions regarding eCourses, call the Office of Distance Learning at 936-261-3283


Communication Expectations and Standards:

Emails or discussion postings will receive a response from the instructor, usually in less than 48 hours. Urgent emails should be marked as such. Check regularly for responses.


Discussion Requirement:

Online courses often require minimal to no face-to-face meetings.  However, conversations about the readings, lectures, materials, and other aspects of the course can take place in a seminar fashion.  This will be accomplished by the use of the discussion board. The exact use of discussion will be determined by the instructor.


It is strongly suggested that students type their discussion postings in a word processing application and save it to their PC or a removable drive before posting to the discussion board.  This is important for two reasons:  1) If for some reason your discussion responses are lost in your online course, you will have another copy; 2) Grammatical errors can be greatly minimized by the use of the spell-and-grammar check functions in word processing applications.  Once the post(s) have been typed and corrected in the word processing application, it/they should be copied and pasted to the discussion board.


Committed to investigating, examining, and representing the African-American male, men, and manhood by offering commentary regarding the status of Black Men and Black Manhood as it relates to African-American Manhood, Race, Class, Politics, and Culture from an educated and authentic African-American perspective aimed at improving the plight of African-American men and African-American Manhood in regards to Politics, Culture, Education, and Social Matters.

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