History 2
United States History Reconstruction to the Present


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Class begins on Wednesday, September 1st, 2010



History of the United States from Reconstruction to the present. Emphasis will be placed on distinctive patterns of political, economic, social, intellectual, and geographic developments within their global context. At the conclusion of the course, the student should understand major themes in the history of the United States, and be able to explain various ways in which ideas about federal vs. state power, ethnicity, class, and gender divisions have influenced the nation's development. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260.

This Class is offered both online and face to face.  Please check the Gavilan Course Schedule to see which is being offered.



Laura Guardino








Larry, Madaras and James M. SoRelle.Taking Sides: Clashing Views in United States History Volume 2 Reconstruction to the Present Thirteenth Edition. Dubuque: McGraw-Hill, 2009. ISBN 978-0-07-351532-8

Mintz, S. (2007). Hypertext History: Our Online American History Textbook . Digital History.Retrieved August 24, 2009 from
http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/database/hyper_titles.cfm (please note this is a free onlinetextbook that you do not have to purchase)

Friendly note- For the Madaras book it is very important that you have the most recent edition and you are getting the correct title.  Taking Sides series has many different and similar titles in its catalog.  If you get the wrong book or a previous edition you maybe unable to complete some of the assignments and your final grade will be affected.

All books can be found at the Gavilan Bookstore.

Time Commitment and Basic Skills Required for an Online Class

Completion of this course which includes readings, online discussions, writing assignments, a midterm and final, will take a significant amount of time each week.  There is flexibility in an online class to complete assignments at your own pace but there will be specific deadlines to meet.  Please plan accordingly for the time it takes to read and complete assignments.

For successful completion of this course, you should be comfortable with the following skills:

How to Succeed in this Online Class

Web Orientations

The Gavilan Library will offer several orientations to online courses during the first two weeks of the semester.

If this is your first online class or your sixteenth I encourage you to take the orientations that Gavilan offers.   Taking the orientations can save time by eliminating frustration.

For more details, see the schedule of orientations.

Online help is available at the Distance Ed. homepage.

Course Layout

Enter into the course site and get your bearings by exploring the different links.  Try not to let the format of an online class overwhelm you! 

Online Component for a Face to Face Class

This class will be taught face to face but I will utilize the internet as a way to keep the class abreast of announcements and easy access to materials.  In our course shell you can post questions, comments and ponderings in our news forum.  Everyone is encouraged to post their thoughts, ask questions or answer them in this medium.  The course shell can be an effective tool for our learning.

What to do with the Course Shell in a Face to Face Class

I encourage you to log on often to download the necessary materials.  However I will send you an email alert when ever there is a change that needs your attention.  When you receive such an email you will need to log into the class to access materials or update your syllabus.

You will also turn in all assignments in the course shell.  I will be able to provide you feedback through our shell and you will be able to easily monitor your grade in the class.  You will be able to log in and see your grade in the class as well as on any assignment at any time.


Weekly Outline

In the middle of the course page are the course lessons, which are organized by week.  There is an area entitled, "Weekly Outline" which contains your starting point for this class.  Each week's instructional material appears in the weekly section.


Announcements to the class will be posted in the News forum, to which you are already subscribed.  For each post to the News Forum, you and others enrolled in the course will receive an email of the message automatically at the email address that exists in your profile.  Your profile currently contains the email address you provided when you registered fro this course; you may change it to another preferred email address, by editing your profile.


You are required to participate in assigned discussions each week of class.  If you are taking this course online click on a discussion forum to read the discussion prompt and posts from others.  Select "Add a new discussion topic" to post our own contribution to the Discussion board.  If you are taking the class in the traditional format please come to class prepared to go over the course material. See class syllabus for a schedule of assignments.


The class syllabus provides you with important information to guide you through the course.  I strongly recommend that you print out this document and refer to it for due dates, assignments and class policies.


Course requirements are a combination of discussions, quiz and assignments related to the content covered in the class.  An important part of your participation is participating in the primary source and Taking Sides discussion every week.  You will also submit weekly outlines of the reading materials, complete two writing assignments, a midterm and a final.