United States History from 1877


  2. A. Course Title: United States History from 1877
    B. Course Number: HI 123 - 30082
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: T Th 8:00:00 AM - 9:15:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Thompson, Kori
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 129F
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2825
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 11:00:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 11:00:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Available at different times by appointment
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: MH125

    This course studies the growth of big business and the accompanying problems; westward expansions; causes and results of World War I; the Great Depression of the 1930s and its consequences; causes of World War II; and the post war adjustments and prospective solutions. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course is designed for the student to gain knowledge of United States history. This course provides an introduction in history for the associate degree. It establishes the basis for further historical study for a humanities requirement for a student’s degree program.

    This course is a general education course with transferability to New Mexico schools, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year school



    In place of a physical textbook, this course uses an open source online textbook, The American Yawp, as well as other assigned reading that can be found in PDF format within the Canvas modules. All of these reading are available online through Canvas access and can be viewed on a computer, tablet, or smartphone with an internet connection. If students prefer to print out the readings for offline reading, students can print for free at the NMJC Panell Library on campus.


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Grading Policies:
    Exams: 25%
    Video Comments and Annotations: 20%
    Small Assignments: 5%
    Oral Histories/Movie Analysis/Discussion notes: 20%
    Research Assignment: 30%

    English, Grammar, Spelling components:
    In this course, students are being taught skills to help them become successful students and community participants. The expectation at NMJC is that you turn in professional college level work. If there is work turned in with poor grammar, spelling, English, text type language, and/or lack logical organization, students will be temporarily assigned a zero and it will be returned to them without being graded. You will be given the opportunity to resubmit within a reasonable time frame (1 week from when handed back). Students are given this opportunity only once during the semester, see make-up work policy. If students turn in an assignment with only one paragraph or only one paragraph for each page of the assignment, it will not be graded and will receive an automatic zero. In most assignments, 80% of your grade is for content or the proper answer and 20% of the grade is for proper writing.

    Late Work: All coursework is due either at the beginning of class on the due dates listed on the course schedule or within Canvas, unless otherwise stated by the instructor. Students will be given plenty of time to prepare their work in advance of the due date and thus are expected to complete them when scheduled. Ineffective time management strategies do not obligate the instructor to give more time for assignments; however, life does happen and students will be given three days for certain assignments before receiving a zero for the assignment for a reduced grade. Each day that an assignment is late will be reduced by 10% or a letter grade. Assignments that are not accepted late or for make-up are: discussions and annotated primary sources. If students will be absent from class on the due date for an assignment due to a known reason or a documented university event, they will need to turn in the assignment prior to the absence.

    Make-up Work/Exams: Students are granted one opportunity to make-up an assignment completely without penalty if they receive below a 70% and turned the assignment in on time. However, if students take the make-up opportunity, they will have a week to resubmit the corrected assignment from the time it was turned back to them. If they do not, then the initial grade stands and it still counts towards their make-up opportunity. If exams are administered during the course, students are expected to complete them on time, but if students for some reason miss, they will be allowed to make-up one exam at the discretion of the instructor. Athletes or anyone with a documented, scheduled university event will need to complete assignments and any exams before the due date if they will miss.

    Extra Credit: Students have the option to take a unit lecture and create a meme reflecting the information covered up to two times during the course of the semester for 10 to 15 points depending on the topic and discretion of the instructor. There also maybe other extra credit opportunities through the course of the semester. The instructor will tell students in advance when those opportunities will be.

    Rounding Grades:
    Rounding grades at the end of the semester is at the discretion of the instructor and if students ask, the instructor will automatically deny the request. If the instructor does round, it will be for students who have shown genuine participation within the course throughout the semester and are within .4 of the next percentage or letter grade. Students who are at 78% will not be bumped to an 80%, but a student 79.6 or higher might be rounded to 80%.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's Humanities Department uses the Core Competencies established by the Higher Education Department in the State of New Mexico. By the end of the semester, students should be able to:
    • Analyze and critically interpret significant primary texts and/or works of art (this includes fine art, literature, music, theatre, and film).
    • Compare art forms, modes of thought and expression, and processes across a range of historical periods and/or structures (e.g., political, geographic, economic, social, cultural, religious, intellectual).
    • Recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods and/or cultural perspectives.
    • Draw on historical and/or cultural perspectives to evaluate any or all of the following: contemporary problems/issues, contemporary modes of expression, and contemporary thought.


    After completing this course, the successful student should be able to:
    · Generalize pivotal ideas, persons and events in America’s past.
    · Articulate key historical events and figures.
    · Analyze events of the past and their bearing on the present by utilizing various primary and secondary sources.
    · Integrate historical perspectives into personal citizenship/civic engagement.
    · Describe the contributions of influential historical figures, both well-known and lesser known, in American history.
    · Recognize causal relationships between the past and present.

  11. I. New Student Orientation Video Transcript

    II. Basic Computer Skills: How to use an email account, how to attach, upload, and download files. How to view, save, rename, and print files. Have basic word processing skills and are familiar with using different web browsers

    III. Canvas Technical Requirements

    IV. Technology Requirements for Students: A Desktop or Laptop that is no more than five years old, has at least Windows 7 or MAC OSX 10.6 with 1 GB of memory, 2.4 GHz Processor, has a webcam and a microphone. The Internet speed is between 5 to 10 Mbps per second.

    V. Technical and Academic Support

    Call the 24/7 Canvas Help Desk at (575) 399-2199 for assistance and have your course CRN (ex. 10023) and your Username available.

    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.


    Attendance/Participation: Attendance and punctuality are basic requirements for an effective highly detailed course. Beyond that, each person's frequency and quality of contribution to the class discussion will be assessed and reflected in the class participation score. If you cannot attend a class, it is a courtesy to inform your professor in advance if possible. Bear in mind you are now in a professional school, and a member of a learning community. Thus, you are expected to comport yourself as a professional person. For instance, be on time for class, do not leave the class while it is in progress for other than emergencies, turn off cell phones and be respectful of others’ viewpoints even if you disagree with them, and dress appropriately for a professional activity.

    If you should up to class later than 15 minutes from the schedule start time of class, you will be asked to leave for the day and will be marked as absent for the day. If you know that you will be absent due to illness or a family emergency, please let me know via email and we can set up a meeting to discuss what we covered during your absence. However, you must contact me immediately once something occurs and not a week later. If you know something is coming and you will not be in class, then you need to tell me as soon as you know. Failure to give adequate notice will result in the absence being unexcused.

    Communication Standards: In this course, students are taught skills to help them become successful students and community participants. NMJC expectations are that you conduct yourself in a professional manner written and orally. Students therefore are expected to use appropriate, professional language, grammar, and structure within their email and written communications. Students can also expect the same from the instructor.

    Students need to adhere to the basic criteria for communication of:
    • No text language (e.g. do not use i, BTW, LOL, IDK….)
    • Correct spelling and proper capitalization.
    • Complete sentences (start each sentence with a capital letter and end it with a period.)
    • Logical organization
    • Proper salutations and formal greetings (when writing to an instructor use either Dr., Mr., Mrs., Professor, etc. within your salutations. Unless the instructor gives permission, do not use their first names)
    • Proper closing signature

    Please make sure to include your full name and course information (HI 113 MWF) within your correspondences so that I may easily determine which class you are in (I teach several courses with several sections).

    I generally respond to student communications within 24 hours during weekdays, generally within a few hours of sending. Please allow for longer response times during the weekend (24 to 48 hours). If you do not receive a response within 48 hours, email again because it is highly likely that I did not receive or see the email.

    Parents/Grandparents/Guardians/Aunts/Uncles/and-others-who-care-about-you: You are adults: is not appropriate for your parents/guardians, etc. to contact me unless there is an extreme emergency (which prevents you from contacting me directly). By law, I may not speak to them or even admit that you are in my class (and yes, that’s true even if they are paying the bills).


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    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

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    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

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    Food and Drink Policy
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    No Children in the Classroom
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    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  17. COURSE OUTLINE This course will take a thematic approach to US history since 1877. The theme this semester will be inequality, labor, and mass consumption from the Reconstruction Era through to modern decade.


    In-Class Activity

    Textbook Reading

    Discussion Readings


    Tues, Aug 20

    Introductions, Syllabus



    Review syllabus; Course info

    Thurs, Aug 22

    Perspectives on History; Making History or Bomb Church Game




    Tues, Aug 27

    Primary vs. Secondary Sources




    Thurs, Aug 29

    Creating an Argument



    Argument Scenario

    Tues, Sept 3

    Creating a historical argument



    Evidence supported argument


    Sept 5

    Introduction to themes



    Watch and comment on “History: the Big H” and “Story of Stuff”


    Sept 10

    Discussion on overall themes


    Boyle, “Work Places: The Economy and the Changing Landscape;” Gerstle, “Immigration and Ethnicity in the American Century”



    Sept 12

    Labor and Immigration in Antebellum South

    Yawp Ch. 15: I, III, IV, VI




    Sept 17

    Capital and Labor; Industrialization and Labor

    Yawp Ch. 16: I-IV, VII;

    Yawp Ch. 18: I-II




    Sept 19

    Life in Industrial America: Labor and Immigration

    Yawp Ch. 18: III


    Watch “Labor’s Reward” and “Children Who Labor” and turn in notes; Watch 5-6 clips from “Inside an American Factory” database


    Sept 24

    Riis, How the Other Half Live; Child Labor discussion


    Selections of Riis, “How the Other Half Live,” Review Riis’ photos

    Discussion notes and “American Factory” observations


    Sept 26

    Progressivism: Reform and Change

    Yawp Ch. 20: I-IV




    Oct 1

    1890s-1920 Immigration vs. Nativism

    Yawp Ch. 19 VI


    Annotated Bibliography


    Oct 3

    WWI Mobilization





    Oct 8

    Immigrant IQ Test; Discussion on policies


    Oral histories of immigrant experiences

    Watch and comment on “Forgotten Ellis Island”; discussion notes


    Oct 10

    1919 Steel Strike; Watch “No God, No Master”


    Listen to audio clips of worker’s accounts



    Oct 15

    Watch “No God, No Master”



    Take home midterm


    Oct 17

    1920s consumerism

    Yawp Ch. 22: III-VII

    Selected articles on Canvas

    Ellis Island immigrant oral history analysis—2 recordings


    Oct 22

    Stock market simulation





    Oct 24

    Depression and the “New Normal”: Bonus Army, Migration, FDR solution

    Yawp Ch. 23: I-VI

    Selected audio clips and Fire Side Chats; Bonus Army letters to and from Hoover; letters to FDR

    Watch and comment on the “A Job at Ford’s”


    Oct 29

    Discussion: Getting Better for Everyone? Consumerism, Labor, and Race

    Yawp Ch. 23 XII-XIV

    “Voices of the Dust Bowl,” Farm Security Admin photos; selected records and posters

    Discussion notes


    Oct 31

    WWII Mobilization


    Rosie Riveter oral histories

    Contemporary Problem Rough Draft or Character draft/interview questions


    Nov 5

    Discussion: Does War Hurt, Help, or Stabilize Economies


    WWII video clips

    Discussion notes; Rosie Riveter notes

    Thursday, November 7—No Class—NMJC In-service Day


    Nov 12

    1950s Consumerism

    Yawp Ch. 26: II, V, VI, VII




    Nov 14

    Crisis of Confidence: 1970s



    “Voices of the Dust Bowl” analysis


    Nov 19

    Energy Crisis, Environmentalism, and Deindustrialization

    Yawp Ch. 28: II, IV, VI, VIII, IX


    Cold War video questions


    Nov. 21

    Discussion: Activism and Protest



    Discussion notes


    Nov. 26

    1980s rise of conservativism and economic ideology

    Yawp Ch. 29 (all)



    Thanksgiving Break—November 27-29


    Dec. 3

    1990s and 2000s Recession, Stagnation, Populist Movement

    Yawp Ch. 30: II-VII


    Historical Problem Essay or oral history interview


    Dec. 5

    Discussion: Recent Past—Minimum wage or immigration



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    Final: Monday, December 9 @ 8:00-9:45 AM