Course Contents at a Glance

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The following list shows the module-level topics for the course. To see all of the course pages, visit the Table of Contents.

Module 1: Reconstruction

  • Politics of Reconstruction
  • The Meaning of Black Freedom
  • Reconstruction and Women
  • Racial Violence in Reconstruction
  • Economic Development during the Civil War and Reconstruction
  • The End of Reconstruction
  • Reader

Module 2: Capital and Labor

  • The March of Capital
  • The Rise of Inequality
  • The Labor Movement
  • The Populist Movement
  • William Jennings Bryan and the Politics of Gold
  • Early Twentieth-Century Socialism
  • Reader

Module 3: Conquering the West

  • Post–Civil War Westward Migration
  • The Indian Wars and Federal Peace Policies
  • Western Economic Expansion: Railroads and Cattle
  • The Allotment Era and Resistance in the Native West
  • Rodeos, Wild West Shows, and the Mythic American West
  • The West as History: The Turner Thesis
  • Reader

Module 4: Life in Industrial America

  • Industrialization and Technological Innovation
  • Immigration and Urbanization
  • The New South and the Problem of Race
  • Gender, Religion, Culture
  • Reader

Module 5: American Empire

  • 1898
  • Theodore Roosevelt and American Imperialism
  • Women and Imperialism
  • Immigration
  • Patterns of American Interventions
  • Reader

Module 6: The Progressive Era

  • Mobilizing for Reform
  • Women’s Movements
  • Targeting the Trusts
  • Progressive Environmentalism
  • Jim Crow and African American Life
  • Reader

Module 7: World War I & Its Aftermath

  • Prelude to War
  • War Spreads through Europe
  • America Enters the War
  • On the Homefront
  • Before the Armistice
  • The War and the Influenza Pandemic
  • The Fourteen Points and the League of Nations
  • Aftermath of World War I
  • Reader

Module 8: The New Era

  • Republican White House, 1921–1933
  • Culture of Consumption
  • Culture of Escape
  • “The New Woman”
  • “The New Negro”
  • Culture War
  • Fundamentalist Christianity
  • Rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)
  • Reader

Module 9: The Great Depression

  • The Origins of the Great Depression
  • Herbert Hoover and the Politics of the Depression
  • The Bonus Army
  • The Lived Experience of the Great Depression
  • Migration and Immigration during the Great Depression
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the “First” New Deal
  • The New Deal in the South
  • Video: The New Deal
  • The New Deal of Appalachia
  • Voices of Protest
  • The “Second” New Deal (1935–1936)
  • Equal Rights and the New Deal
  • The End of the New Deal (1937–1939)
  • The Legacy of the New Deal
  • Reader

Module 10: World War II

  • The Origins of the Pacific War
  • The Origins of the European War
  • The United States and the European War
  • The United States and the Japanese War
  • Soldiers’ Experiences
  • The Wartime Economy
  • Women and World War II
  • Race and World War II
  • Toward a Postwar World
  • Reader

Module 11: The Cold War

  • Political, Economic, and Military Dimensions
  • The Arms Buildup, the Space Race, and Technological Advancement
  • The Cold War Red Scare, McCarthyism, and Liberal Anti-Communism
  • Decolonization and the Global Reach of the ‘American Century’
  • Reader

Module 12: The Affluent Society

  • The Rise of Suburbs
  • Race and Education
  • Civil Rights in an Affluent Society
  • Gender and Culture in the Affluent Society
  • Political and Ideology in the Affluent Society
  • Reader

Module 13: The Sixties

  • The Civil Rights Movement Continues
  • Beyond Civil Rights
  • Culture and Activism
  • Politics and Policy
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Reader

Module 14: The Unraveling

  • Vietnam
  • The Politics of Love, Sex, and Gender
  • Race and Social and Cultural Anxieties
  • Deindustrialization and the Rise of the Sunbelt
  • Nixon
  • Carter
  • Reader

Module 15: The Triumph of the Right

  • Conservative Ascendance
  • The Conservatism of Carter Years
  • The Election of 1980
  • The New Right in Power
  • Morning in America
  • African American Life in Reagan’s America
  • Bad Times and Good Times
  • Culture Wars of the 1980s
  • The New Right Abroad
  • Reader

Module 16: The Recent Past

  • American Politics from George H.W. Bush to September 11, 2001
  • September 11 and the War on Terror
  • The End of the Bush Years
  • The Great Recession
  • The Obama Presidency
  • Stagnation
  • New Horizons
  • Reader