Hist 222: United States
History 1877 - Present
Dr. Daniel Bush, History
Office: BI 16
Mail Box: BI 16
last update 6/5/02
James West Davidson, et. al. Nation of Nations, Vol. 2.
McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2000.
Welcome to History 222 Flex course in US history. This course
combines online teaching with face-to-face classroom instruction.
We will do much of our work and communicating online. We will also
meet every Wednesday on campus in SS-1 5:00-7:00 pm.
Announcements, assignments, and a weekly reading schedule can be
accessed using the links above.
This course will explore, examine and discuss developments in US
history from the end of Reconstruction to recent times. Major themes
will include tensions and transformations resulting from issues of race,
ethnicity, and gender; the rise of the industrial, technological and
organizational age; reform movements; the growth of federal power and
the bureaucratic state; the emergence of the US as a world power; and
the politics of national memory.
A major task will be to investigate a past marked by conformity and
consensus on one hand, and social, political and cultural conflict on
the other. We want to understand those elements of the past that tend to
reinforce the status quo, as well as those that act as agents of change.
We will also ponder some historical myths associated with this period of
Finally, we need to keep in mind that the study of history is a
dynamic enterprise, one that involves an ongoing search for historical
causation and relationships, while also calling for responsible
interpretation and critical reappraisal. You will be expected to adopt
the guise of a historian, read and consider course materials
thoughtfully, form your own well-reasoned assessments of the readings
and major themes that characterize this period of history, and present
your findings in quizzes, examinations, and in discussion.
Green River College is attempting to implement individual
competencies into the curriculum. This course will help to improve your
skills in the following areas:
In this course you will read the text, read lectures, use web sites,
and discuss information and ideas with your classmates. There are ways
to do each of these activities that demand critical thinking and ways
that do not. For example, critical thinkers are active rather than
passive readers. They read texts closely, note key ideas, look up
difficult words, strive to understand difficult passages, and keep up a
dialogue with the text in the margins. Critical thinkers are also active
rather than passive information gatherers. They gather information form
a variety of sources, try to understand this information from the
sourcesí perspective, and try to understand the assumptions behind
that information. Critical thinkers recognize that others may see the
world differently than they do and see those perspectives not as threats
but as part of the continuing and necessary dialogues that are inherent
in civilizations. Critical thinkers think clearly, logically, and
specifically about issues, and can refer to specific details and
information to support their generalizations.
Writing in this course will analyze, interpret, and synthesize
various readings, lectures, web sites, and other course materials.
Additional elements critical to writing clearly and effectively are
clear focus and ideas, coherent structure and organization, correct
grammar, careful editing, and effective use of language. You will have
opportunities to write in this class, and all your writing will be
submitted by e-mail.
Regular participation, submitting assignments on time, taking
responsibility for managing your time, exploring the Internet resources
available, and working in an atmosphere of mutual respect are all
required of you as students of this course.
Your goals as students and mine as an instructor may differ, but our
basic responsibilities are essentially the same. I have attempted to
structure this course with some flexibility, but it is important that
you follow these responsibility guidelines. I understand that your life
is busy, and that you probably have a job and other responsibilities
beyond school. However, I stand by these responsibilities and expect them to
be fulfilled by everyone equally.
Be active in class and complete all weekly assignments on time.
Be scholarly. Spelling, grammatical structures, clear writing, citing
sources, etc. are all considered to be basic to scholarly inquiry.
Participate fully: spend significant time reading and thinking about
Participate in discussion. Discussion time is for you and your fellow
Deal with others and me in a direct, honest, and open manner. Visit
one of the web sites below to get some insight into web etiquette or
what is often termed netiquette:
Differently-abled Students or Students Subject to Provisions of the
Americans With Disabilities Act:
If you believe you qualify for course adaptations or special
accommodations under the Americans With Disabilities Act, if is your
responsibility to contact the Disability Support Services Coordinator,
in the Lindbloom Student Center and provide the appropriate
documentation. If you already documented a disability or other condition
that qualifies you for special accommodations, or if you have emergency
medical information or special needs I should know about, please notify
me during the first week of class. You can reach me by phone at
206-250-3897, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or you may schedule an office appointment to meet me in BI-16 during my
posted office hours or at another mutually determined time. If this
location is not convenient for you, we will schedule and alternative
place for the meeting. If you use an alternative medium for
communicating, let me know well in advance of the meeting (at least one
week) so that appropriate accommodations can be arranged.
If you have an questions about your degree, or just about anything
else about Green River College, visit this web site to find
links to various student services:
1. I understand the standards in this course and that I am
responsible for monitoring my own learning.
2. I understand that if at any time during the quarter I feel
unsure about my grade, I may request an assessment from the
3. I understand that every week I will have something due: a
quiz, a summary, etc.
4. I understand that I am responsible for my own learning.
5. I understand the use of quizzes in this class is to test my
learning each segment.
6. I understand that my grade is based on the assignments listed
in this syllabus.
7. I understand that the work of the course requires on-line work each week and my active participation.
8. I understand that the amount of commitment devoted to this
course is my choice and not the instructors.