History 1140:
United States History Since 1865
Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

History 1140 is an introduction to the development the United States from Reconstruction to the present. You do not need to take History 1130 in order to take History 1140. Each course teaches similar skills using different historical time periods.

In a U. S. history class you are expected to learn information, to analyze and discuss aspects of it, and to answer questions that require you know the facts and combine them in ways that will thoughtfully answer some complex questions. 

History 1140 fulfills three credits of the nine credits Social Science graduation requirement for the College of DuPage Associate of Arts Degree. It transfers as S2 901: United States History II in the Illinois Articulation Initiative Social Science Core Curriculum. 

Some questions this class may help you to answer:

  • How did the South lose the Civil War and “win” the peace?
  • Why did the North permit the formation of Jim Crow and segregation laws?
  • How did the United States industrialize so rapidly?
  • Who profited and who suffered in that industrialization?
  • How did laborers react to hazardous and inhumane working conditions?
  • How did Progressive Reformers seek to deal with the challenges of the new society?
  • Why did the United States fight in World War II and then abandon the League of Nations?
  • What were the causes and response to the Great Depression?
  • How did we win World War II?
  • Why did the Cold War begin?
  • Why did the Civil Rights movement succeed?
  • Why did the United States go from being the world’s largest creditor nation to being the world’s largest debtor nation?
  • How will the United States deal with being the only superpower?

At the completion of this course the student will understand:

  • To understand the political, intellectual, economic, and social developments that have created the modern United States.
  • To appreciate the reasons why historians attach such importance to primary sources in writing history.
  • To have practiced reading and writing skills expected of an educated adult.
  • To have practiced critical thinking and analytical skills necessary for a professional in any field.

 

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