College of DuPage

History 2260:
United States Since 1945

Japan Surrenders ending WWII
The Cold War

History 2260 explores the history of the United States since 1945. You do not have to take History 1130 or History 1140 before you take this class, but they will help.

As in any 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 address complex issues.

History 2260 fulfills three credits of the nine credits Social Science graduation requirement for the College of DuPage Associate of Arts Degree.

Some Questions this course will help you answer:

  • What caused the Cold War?

  • Why didn’t the Cold War lead to a hot war between the US and the USSR?

  • Why are the poor countries poor and the rich countries rich?

  • Why does the US have a military that is spread out over almost the entire world?

  • Why do so many people live in the suburbs?

  • How did working class Americans achieve a better standard of living after WWII, and why is that standard of living declining now?

  • What was Jim Crow?

  • How did black people fight against racism and segregation? What did they accomplish?

  • Why do we live in such a segregated world today?

  • What caused the Vietnam War?

  • What happened during the Vietnam War? Why did the US lose?

  • What was feminism and why was it such a big deal?

  • What was the Chicano movement?

  • How did right wing politics come to dominate the American political scene starting in the 1980s?

  • How did the Cold War end?

  • What happened on 9/11 and why?

  • Why did the US invade Iraq and Afghanistan? What’s happened in those wars?

  • What caused the current economic crisis?

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 why historians attach such importance to primary sources in writing history, and to learn how to assess sources of a variety of types and from a variety of viewpoints.

  • 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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Ending the Viet Nam War is no easy task.
Nuke Testing in 1953
Nixon's defeat.
Kennedy and LBJ win the White House
Iran and the Islamist movement.
Castro and the Cuban Missle Crisis
President Reagan shakes hands. The 'Duke' wins after being a movie actor.
Civil Rights are not always in line with the law.
Space shuttle Challenger Explosion.
Dallas ends a dream.
Bill Gates and the Rise of the personal computer.
MLK and LBJ gain Civil Rights Legislation
The many Gulf Wars
Viet Nam
Election of the first ever African American President.