HST202 History of the US 1840-1914

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Examines the social, political, economic and cultural developments of the United States from 1840 to 1914. Includes: the Women's Rights Movement, Manifest Destiny, the U.S.- Mexican War, slavery, abolitionism and the growing sectional crisis between the North and South, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, Reconstruction, westward migration and its impact on Native Americans, America's overseas empire, and the Progressive Era. History courses are non-sequential and may be taken in any term and in any order. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.  (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide).

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List of classes for HST202 History of the US 1840-1914
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30192 Web


From June 22 through August 15, 2020
Textbooks for CRN 30192
< $40
Instructor: John M Shaw
Tuition: credit Fees: $20
For information, contact the department at 971-722-4289.

Course details: CRN 30192

Course materials


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Online publisher materials


Give Me Liberty: An American History by Eric Foner Chapters 10 – 18 provided for free in D2L, so you do not have to buy the book

Proctored exams and activities:

There are no proctored exams and activities.

Other in-person and on-campus activities:

There are no other in-person and on-campus activities.


There is no additional technology required for this class.

Instructor comments:

 In this class we will explore how and why the meanings of liberty and freedom changed between 1840 and 1914?
 What new ideas about liberty and freedom circulated? What new circumstances generated them?
 How did they expand/develop or contract/regress?
 What groups or individuals supported or thwarted them?
 Why did they find fertile ground or face hostility?

Course Learning Outcomes
• Articulate an understanding of key events in the nineteenth and early twentieth century history of the United States and use critical thinking in order to evaluate historical changes and their impact on current U.S. society.
• Recognize the historical contributions of different groups (national, ethnic, racial, religious, sexual and gendered) that interacted in the United States in order to appreciate and evaluate current U.S. diversity.
• Identify culturally-grounded assumptions which have influenced the perceptions and behaviors of people in the past in order to assess how culture continues to affect human behavior.
• Communicate effectively using historical analysis.
• Connect the past with present-day events to enhance contemporary understanding and encourage civic engagement.

Course Requirements - “A diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” – James Madison
Total cost of required course materials = < $13
Books (1) required - available at the PCC-Sylvania bookstore
1) Abraham Lincoln by James McPherson (Oxford University Press, 2009) ISBN-13: 978-0195374520

Web course information

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