American History II (HIST 1304)
Spring 2010• MWF (10:10-11:00 a.m.) • Room: ENTZ W

Amy Karen Downey • Instructor (
Appointment Schedule: Mondays and fridays (11:00-12:00 p.m.);
Tuesdays and Thursdays (1:00-3:00 p.m.); and Wednesdays (2:00-3:00 p.m.)

College Mission Statement:
Arlington Baptist College endeavors to prepare men and women for Christian life and ministries, both lay and professional, through studies in Bible, general education, church vocations, practical service, integrating faith and learning in the context of a Christian world view.


Beginning with the close of the frontier and continuing with the impact of American industrialization, this course studies social development from agrarian society to international leadership. Problems of 20th century involvement are analyzed and discussed.

II. COURSE GOALS (for the instructor)

· Instill within the students a desire to understand the importance of history in not only learning from the past but also to help one in understanding the present and future, for what is current today is history tomorrow
· Develop within the mind of the students a process by which they will then be able to evaluate the causes, reality, and future results of a historical event, for no historical moment occurs in a vacuum.
· Provide opportunities for the students to become personally engaged in American history through the process of researching and writing a paper.
· Validate the student’s comprehension of the course through a variety of evaluative tools, not limited to but including examinations.

III. INSTRUCTIONAL GOALS (for the student)

· Be able to analyze historical events from a perspective which exhibits understanding of the event itself as well as possible future ramifications of the event.
· Understand and explain the transformation of the United States from an agrarian society to an industrial superpower
· Trace the history of the Civil Rights Movement from the days of Reconstruction to the 1960s and beyond
· Comprehend the significant events of the 20th century as it relates to modern current events such as the horrors of the Holocaust and the situation in the Middle East.
· Grasp through analysis the place that World War II has in historical annals as it relates to the development of modern warfare, the creation of the United States as the dominant world power, and the establishment of Modern Israel.
IV. INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES (demonstration of achievement of the instructional goals)

· Understand and be able to describe the significant events of Reconstruction which concluded with the controversial election of 1876.
· Define from a political, historical, and spiritual perspective the major events of the Gilded Age and its consequent ramifications on the 20th century.
· Explain the role which Manifest Destiny played in the settling of the American West.
· Assess the significant legislative actions concerning monopolies, standards, and trusts to the economic situation of the present day.
· Illustrate how the Spanish-American War was influential on American foreign policy in the 20th and 21st centuries as well as how the Progressive Era laid the background for social and moral mores for today’s world.
· Conclude how the presidential elections from 1900 to 1928 set the stage for World War I, the decadence of the Roaring 1920s, and the Great Depression.
· Define, explain and elaborate on how the rise of Fascism and Adolf Hitler can be traced back to the Treaty of Versailles.
· Examine the United States and the Great Depression and then be able to correlate the Depression’s impact on the world and European governments.
· Conclude in depth the role of World War II on present-day world events. The student will also examine how the battles of the Europe and Pacific tied together to bring down the Axis Powers.
· Discuss the significant moments of the latter half of the 20th century (including both the Korean and VietNam Wars) and how they tie into political and historical events occurring in the world in 2008.



The American History Textbook, “Digital History,” for the course can be accessed at no
cost at Please note
that you will have reading assignments that must be completed in its entirety. This course will begin with a review of the Civil War.
Marsden, George. Fundamentalism and American Culture, 2nd Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Recommended (supplemental but not required):
Singer, C. Gregg. Theological Interpretation of American History, Revised Edition. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1981.



A. Attendance and/or Class Participation – 5% of final grade
Students are expected to be present and participate in discussion times at all class meetings. If a student is forced to miss due to a personal/family emergency or ministry obligation, the student will need to contact (if possible) the instructor before class time regarding the unexpected absence. The instructor will also honor any and all attendance policies established by the school. Excessive absences, as mandated by the school, will result in the loss of credit for the class.

Tardies are not acceptable to the academic environment. It creates distractions for the professor who is teaching and the students who are engaged in learning by being on time and prepared for class. Therefore, three tardies will count as one absence and all subsequent tardies (after the third tardy) will count one point against the student’s final grade.

Please note that failure to come to class adequately prepared, which includes the completion of all assigned reading, can result in unannounced quizzes. These quizzes will be factored into the quizzes and homework portion of a student’s grade.

B. Reading Assignment(s) – 15% of final grade
Students will be assigned various chapters of George Marsden’s
Fundamentalism and American Culture during the semester. These chapter assignments will result in either a homework assignment to be completed outside of class or a reading quiz to be completed in class.

SPECIAL NOTE CONCERNING ASSIGNMENTS: Assignments are due on the day and at the class time assigned in the syllabus, unless adjusted by the professor. Failure to submit class assignments at the beginning of the class will result in an automatic 25 point deduction. The student will be deducted an additional 25 points if the assignment is submitted the next day and will not be accepted after the second day. The professor will not accept any student assignment after the two day “grace period”.

C. 3-5 Page Research Paper – 20% of the final grade
Each student will be responsible for selecting and acquiring professor approval on a research topic from American history since 1865. A possible list of topics is listed below but the professor will also consider other American history since 1865 options that a student might like to study. Please note that each student will complete a unique research paper and no repeating of topics is possible or permissible.

Special Note for Education Majors: If you are an education major, your research paper topic must center on how Texans and/or Texas history influenced American history as a whole.

A minimum of five (5) sources is required for this paper, including one which must be from a credible (i.e., not Wikipedia) internet source. Failure to provide a bibliography will result in an automatic 25 point deduction. If a student has questions about the viability of a source, please speak with the professor before including this source on the research paper.

Please Note: All written assignments will be checked and excessive errors (i.e., incorrect comma usage and misspellings) will result in points being deducted from the overall grade.

Plagiarism Policy:
Plagiarism under any conditions will not be accepted. The consequence for plagiarism is an automatic failure of the class. In addition the instructor will bring the issue to the attention to school officials and further consequences will be left at the discretion of the institution.

For a thorough definition and steps on how to avoid plagiarism, go online to the Council of Writing Program Administrator’s statement on plagiarism (

Possible Research Topics:

· J. Frank Norris and His Influence on American Fundamentalism (Education major option)
· Impact of Reconstruction on Texas Politics in the 19th and 20th century (Education major option)
· Repercussion of Jim Crow Laws from the 1880s through the 1960s
· Impact of Plessy vs. Ferguson on Civil Rights
· Power of Monopolies and Trusts on the American economy
· The Gold Standard … Good or Evil?
· Biography of William Jennings Bryan with Special Emphasis on the Scopes Monkey Trial
· Reasons for the Rise of Fundamentalism in the 1920s
· Who Was Responsible for the Great Depression?
· The Impact of the Dust Bowl on Texas Farmers (Education major option)
· Biography of a World War II Veteran (if the veteran is from Texas than this will be an Education major option)
· Ethical Ramifications of the Enola Gay and the Atomic Bomb
· Biography of a Holocaust Survivor (if the survivor is from Texas than this will be an Education major option).
· Analysis of the Holocaust (could include an examination of a specific Concentration/Death Camp). Please note that if you choose this topic that you will need to discuss specific issues with the professor.
· The Cold War and Communism (must include an understanding of the Iron Country nations)
· The Impact of the JFK Assassination on American Society
· The Significance of 1968 on American Politics
· The Legality of Roe v. Wade (this is not an analysis of its spiritual connotations but instead an examination of whether the Supreme Court was correct or incorrect in its ruling)
· Watergate and the Loss of American Trust in Politics
· The Rise and Reasons for the Moral Majority
· The Legacy of Ronald Reagan on the American Political Scene
· The United States vs. Iran (History of …)
· The Legacy of Bill Clinton on the American Psyche
· September 11, 2001 … What Does It Mean Now?

D. Examinations (Three) – 60% of the final grade (20% each)
Each exam will exam will include a variety of different testing elements
such as true/false, multiple choice, short answer, fill-in-the-blank, matching. Each
test will also include a minimum of two essay questions that will be worth at least 10-
15 points for each essay question.

Please Note: Students who are in need of additional assistance as it relates to test taking will be granted every opportunity to successfully complete the examination (i.e., an oral exam or larger font on the exam). Please communicate with the instructor at the beginning of the semester regarding any situation that will need to be discussed and handled.

E. Extra Credit Opportunity:
As Christians, we are directed by God to be as lights to a world enveloped by darkness. One of the ways we can accomplish this monumental task is to be cognizant of our past, present, and future.

Therefore, the extra credit opportunity is to write a 3 to 5-page book review in which you analyze one of the following book options. Please note that the guidelines for the book review are available from the professor:

Vera Schlamm, Pursued. Regal Books, 1986.
Johanna Ruth Dobschiner, Selected to Live. Hodder & Stoughton,
Rachmiel Frydland, When Being Jewish Was a Crime. Thomas
Nelson, 1978.
Rose Price, A Rose from the Ashes. Purple Pomegranate, 2006.
Ernest Casutto, The Last Jew of Rotterdam. Moody Publishers, 2002.

The student may receive up to five points on the final grade for the semester. However in order to receive the extra credit points, the analysis must be exemplary and submitted on the date assigned in the schedule section of the syllabus. No late papers will be considered for extra credit. See the instructor for additional instruction on what is expected for this extra credit opportunity.

B (92-85)
C (84-76)
D (75-70)
F (69-0)

A. Lectures (utilizing PowerPoint as well as other options such as handouts)
B. Class Discussion and Student Presentations
C. Videos, DVDs and/or Audio Presentations


Topic(s) for Analysis/Discussion
Reading/Due Dates and Miscellaneous

January 11
· Introduction and Review of the Syllabus

January 13-15
PART ONE: Reconstruction through The Gilded Age
· Reconstruction … The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of It All
· Election of 1876 and Its Ramifications
· Summary of the Gilded Age from both a Political, Spiritual, and Historical Perspective
· Elections of 1880, 1884, 1888, 1892

Digital History: “Reconstruction,” “Along the Color Line,” and “The Gilded Age”

January 18
SPECIAL LECTURE: The Life and Impact of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 20-22
PART ONE: Reconstruction through The Gilded Age
· Reconstruction … The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of It All
· Election of 1876 and Its Ramifications
· Summary of the Gilded Age from both a Political, Spiritual, and Historical Perspective
· Elections of 1880, 1884, 1888, 1892

Digital History: “Reconstruction,” “Along the Color Line,” and “The Gilded Age

Marsden: pages 11-39
(Assignment is due on Friday, January 22nd)

Week of January 25
PART ONE: Reconstruction through the Gilded Age
· The Settling of the American West
· Native Americans and Their Journey
· Manifest Destiny and Its Impact on America
· Standard Oil Trust, the Gold Standard, and Monopolies
· New Settlers from Different Places
· Important Legislation of the Period

Digital History: “Closing the Western Frontier,” “The Huddled Masses,” and “The Rise of Big Business”

Marsden: 43-71
(Assignment is due on Friday, January 29th)

Week of February 1

PART TWO: Progressive Era through the Great Depression
· Election of 1896
· Spanish-American War and Yellow
Journalism (and the rise of Teddy Roosevelt)

· Election of 1900/Impact on 20th Century
· The Progressive Era: Definition and Spiritual Ramifications

Digital History: “United States Becomes a World Power,” “The Political Crisis of the 1890s,” and “The Progressive Era”
Week of February 8
PART TWO: Progressive Era through the Great Depression
· Elections of 1904, 1908, 1912, 1916
· “The War to End All Wars” (1914-1918)
· The League of Nations and Its Consequences (i.e., World War II)
· Rise and Reasons for the Growth of Fundamentalism

Digital History:
“America at War” and “The Jazz Age: The American 1920s”

Marsden: 72-123
(Assignment is due on Friday, February 13th)

Week of February 15
PART TWO: Progressive Era through the Great Depression
· Elections of 1920, 1924, 1928
· The Roaring 1920s – Decadence Abounds!
· Scopes Monkey Trial and the Death of William Jennings Bryan
· Walter Rauschenbusch and the Social Gospel (Positives/Negatives)
· Warning Signs in Europe … Fascism
· Black Thursday – October 24, 1929

Digital History: “1930s”

Marsden: 124-195
(Assignment is due on Friday, February 19th)

Week of February 22
PART TWO: Progressive Era through the Great Depression
· Whose Fault Was the Great Depression?
· Pre-Roosevelt Efforts to End the Great Depression
· Great Depression and the Rest of the World
· Election of 1932 and the Beginning of the New Deal Era for the United States
· Alphabet Soup to End the Soup Lines
· “Grapes of Wrath” and the Dust Bowl
· March 1933 … Hitler Comes to Power
· Elections of 1936 and 1940

Marsden: 199-228
(Assignment is due on Friday, February 26th)

Week of March 1
PART THREE: World War II to the Present Day
· Rise of Fascism and Nazism
· September 1, 1939
· World War II before U.S. Involvement
· Lend-Lease Program … American Neutrality
· Pearl Harbor – December 7, 1941
· “The War at Home”


No Reading Assignment
Week of March 15
PART THREE: World War II to the Present Day
· The War in Europe (Battles and Significant Events and People)
· The War in the Pacific (Battles and Significant Events and People)
· Election of 1944 and the Death of FDR
· Fall of Germany/Rise of the Iron Curtain
· August 1945: Atomic Age is Born

Digital History: “America at War: World War II”
Week of March 22
PART THREE: World War II to the Present Day
The Holocaust: 1933-1945 (This Will Be the Subject for the Entire Week and will include a possible visit to the Holocaust Museum)

Week of March 29
(No class on Wed. for Timothy Day or Fri. (Easter)

PART THREE: World War II to the Present Day
· The Holocaust: 1933-1945 (This subject will be concluded on Monday)

Week of April 5
PART THREE: World War II to the Present Day
· Creation of the United Nations
· Truman and the Rise of Modern Israel
· Election of 1948
· June 1950 – Korean War)
· Elections of 1952 and 1956
· The Cold War and Sputnik

Week of April 12
PART THREE: World War II to the Present Day
· Election of 1960 and the New Frontier
· Space Race to the Moon
· Assassination of JFK and Its Repercussions
· 1960s … from the Beatles to Charles Manson and everything else in-between
· The Impact of the 1960s on Religion


Digital History: “Postwar America: 1945-1960”

Week of April 19
PART THREE: World War II to the Present Day
· VietNam and the Dividing of a Nation
· Elections of 1964, 1968, 1972
· Richard Nixon and Watergate
· Election of 1976 and the Carter Presidency (Malaise and Hostages)

Digital History: America in Ferment: The Tumultuous 1960s” and “The VietNam War”

Marsden: 229-260
(Assignment is due on Friday, April 23rd)

Week of April 26
PART THREE: World War II to the Present Day
· Ronald Reagan/Downfall of Communism
· Elections of 1980, 1984, 1988
· Elections of 1992/1996 – The Clinton Era
· Election of 2000 (remember the Election of 1876 and Its Repercussions)
· September 11, 2001 and Beyond

No Reading Assignment
Week of May 3

Due Date for the Extra Credit Opportunity


A. All assignments must conform to the latest edition of Kate Turabian and/or to the standards required by Arlington Baptist College.
B. All assignments which include the use of Biblical passages will conform to the guidelines of Arlington Baptist College and be from the King James Version.
C. Arlington Baptist College dress code will be respected and enforced.

Additional Books/Journal Articles/Web Articles/Websites
Will Be Added Throughout the Semester

Arnstein, Walter L. Britain Yesterday and Today: 1830 to the Present, 5th ed. Lexington, MA:
D. C. Heath and Company, 1988.

Bailey, Thomas A. The American Pageant, 8th ed. Lexington, MA: D. C. Heath and Company,

Berkin, Carol. Land of Promise: A History of the United States from 1865, vol. 2. Glenview, IL:
Scott, Foresman, and Co., 1986.

Boller, Jr., Paul F. Presidential Anecdotes. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.

Bowman, John S., gen. ed. Encyclopedia of the Civil War. Greenwich, CT: Brompton Books,

Burner, David and Anthony Marcus. Turning Points: Making Decisions in American History to

1876, vol. 1. St. James, NY: Brandywine Press, 1999.

Burns, Edward McNall et al. Western Civilizations: Their History and Their Culture (vol. 2), 10th
ed. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 1984.

Caro, Robert A. The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Means of Ascent. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1990.

Couvares, Francis G. Interpretations of American History: From Reconstruction (vol. 2), 8th ed.
Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2009.

Garraty, John A. 1,001 Things Everyone Should Know about American History. New York:
Doubleday, 1989.

Hicks, John D. et al. The American Nation, 5th ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1971.

Link, Arthur S. and William A. The Twentieth Century: An American History. Arlington Heights,
IL: Harlan Davidson, 1983.

Marsden, George M. Fundamentalism and American Culture, 2nd ed. New York: Oxford, 2006.

Mayer, Milton. They Thought They Were Free: The Germans 1933-1945. Chicago: The University
of Chicago Press, 1955.

McPherson, James M. Ordeal by Fire: The Civil War and Reconstruction. New York: Alfred
Knopf, 1982.

Nash, Gary B. American Odyssey: The United States in the Twentieth Century. Lake Forest, IL:
Glencoe, 1992.

Plano, Jack C. and Milton Greenberg. The American Political Dictionary, 5th ed. New York: Holt,
Rinehart, and Winston, 1979.

Pringle, Heather. The Master Plan: Himmler’s Scholars and the Holocaust. New York: Hyperion,

Riasanovsky, Nicholas V. A History of Russia, 4th ed. New York: Oxford, 1984.

Shirer, William L. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany. New York:
Simon and Schuster, 1959.

Singer, C. Gregg. A Theological Interpretation of American History. Nutley, NJ: The Craig Press,

Todd, Lewis Paul and Merle Curti. The American Nation: Reconstruction to the Present. Orlando,
FL: Harcourt Brace Jovanich, 1986.

Weinberg, Gerhard L. A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II. New York:
Cambridge University Press, 1994.