United States History from 1877


  2. A. Course Title: United States History from 1877
    B. Course Number: HI 123 - 30083
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    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: 7:45:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-12:45:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 7:45:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);12:15:00 PM-12:45:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 7:45:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 7:45:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);12:15:00 PM-12:45:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 7:45:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Available at different times by appointment
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    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 textbook, this course uses online readings. These readings are available online on a computer, tablet, or smartphone with an internet connection at no cost to you and appear in Canvas. If you prefer to print out the readings for offline reading, set aside a budget for printing.

    We are using Respondus LockDown Monitor. Students will need to pay $15 at the start of the semester to have access to the software and a webcam.


    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

    Exams: 30%
    Annotations: 20%
    Small Assignments: 15%
    Google Map Entries: 20%
    Research Assignment: 15%

    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%.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    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

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    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.


    Students are expected to attend all scheduled class and examination meetings. In compliance with federal policy, students who have not attended class in 14 calendar days will be administratively withdrawn by the Registrar. Students are also expected to maintain satisfactory progress in each of the classes in which they are enrolled.

    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
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    • 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.

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

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse or the Academic Success Center. Brainfuse is an online tutoring service that can be accessed from your course navigation menu in Canvas and there is no need to create an account. The Academic Success Center is located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. 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. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Week One:
    Welcome Week, syllabus, course and canvas orientations

    Week One
    Reconstruction and Westward Expansion

    Week Two
    Gilded Age

    Week Three
    Victorian America

    Week Four
    Imperialism and Populists

    Week Five
    Progressive Era

    Week Six

    Week Seven
    1920s: Age of Contradiction

    Week Eight
    Great Depression and New Deal

    Week Nine

    Week Ten
    Cold War

    Week Thirteen
    Politics, Civil Rights, and Vietnam

    Week Fifteen
    Crisis of Confidence: 1970s

    Week Sixteen:

    Final: by Wednesday, December 11