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History 17B Online:  United States History Since 1865 Fall 2018

Core Competencies

The college has four course competencies for its AA Degree which this class will help you to achieve. This class will help you to develop effective Communication Skills, Critical Thinking Skills, Global Awareness and increased Personal Responsibility.

Student Learning Outcomes

1.  Write an analytical essay on US history containing a thesis, appropriate historical evidence, and awareness of counter-arguments to your proposed thesis.

2. Synthesize and address the major events, ideas, and transformations in US social, cultural, political, economic, and diplomatic history since 1865

3. Critically analyze primary historical sources to investigate specific events or historical issues.

4. Evaluate historical myths, cliches, and/or prejudices in USA  history and ideology, including myths about race, class, and gender, and the history of opposition to the hegemonic power of those myths.

5.  Use a core body of historical data to support ideas and concepts.


In this class you will learn:

As a student in this online course, you will be using new educational technologies. While we won't meet regularly in the traditional face-to-face environment, this is still a college level US history course, requiring a thorough mastery of the material with critical, analytical analysis demonstrated through a series of writing assignments.

Textbook: There are two textbooks for the class: Mary Beth Norton et al, A People and A Nation Vol 2 10 th brief edition ISBN 9781285430867

and a collection of primary documents that will be available online

The Tough Stuff

Students in the History 17B classe will read one to two chapters each week and take weekly chapter quizzes to stay on top of the reading. You will also submit a series of one page responses to lecture topics. There is a total of seven one page responses and three discussion board responses over the course of the semester. In addition there is a midterm that consists of two, three page essays submitted as an email attachment. The final exam is on campus and consists of a multiple choice test based on the quizzes and two in class essays written in a blue book. If you are taking the class in late start session or the summer school session, you will be reading two chapters a week. Remember that that the late start session and summer will go very quickly and it will be important to stay on top of the reding and assignments.

All communication will be through the Canvas system. If there is a problems you may contact me using the Cabrillo address - Quizzes will be online, weekly assignments and midterm will be sent via Canvas. The Final will be taken in person on the Cabrillo Aptos campus on Decmeber 8 at 10am in Room 450.

Orientation Information

There will be a hour and a half in person orientation on Saturday August 25 in 403 10:30-12. The purpose of the orientation is to go over course requirments, deadlines and the grading rubric. Even if you are familiar with Canvas, the orientation in important for understanding the writing requirements of the class. If you cannot come to the in person orientation there will be an online orientation when you log into the class.

To access the actual class and for information on how to log on, go to the Cabrillo Home page, and look for Distance Courses. The class will be available on August 25, the day of the orientation.

Course Outline


Ch 14 Reconstruction: An Unfinished Revolution 1865-1877

Ch 15 The Machine Age 1877-192 and

Ch 17 The Vitality and Turmoil of Urban Life 1877-1920

Ch 18 The Development of the West 1877-1900 and Ch 20 Gilded Age Politics 1877-1920

Ch 18 The Progressive Era 1895-1920

Ch 19 The Quest for Empire1865-1914

Ch 20 Americans and the Great War 1914-192

Ch 21 The New Era 1920-1929


Ch 22 The Great Depression and the New Deal, 1929-1941

Ch 23 The Second World War at Home and Abroad 1941-1945 & Ch 24 The Cold War and American Globalism 1945-1961

Ch 25 America at Midcentury

Ch 26 The Tumultuous Sixties

Ch 27 Continuing Divisions and New Limits 1969-1980


Final Exam On Campus No Notes No Books
Photo Id Needed to take the Final