History 2020: Survey of U.S. History II
Sections 45, 48, 49, 50
Instructor: Dr. Pippa Holloway, pippa.holloway@mtsu.edu
Fall 2019
Monday and Wednesday 10:20 - 11:15 a.m. COE 160
Friday discussion sections (required)
This course has been broken down into eight small sections. All of the sections meet in the same room as a big group Monday and Wednesday for lectures. Friday you will meet with your section for discussions and more lectures, to turn in papers, and to take tests. Each section has a graduate student who is the Teaching Assistant ("TA") Your TA is your primary contact person for this class. Dr. Holloway will be writing all the tests and assignments, but your TA will be grading them. You will take all tests and turn in all papers in the Friday sections. If you have questions, problems, absences, etc. you should discuss this with your TA. You should only contact Dr. Holloway if there is a problem with your TA or if you are unable to reach your TA.
Find the TA assigned to your section, email addresses, and office hours for TA's and Dr. Holloway, here: HERE is the TA List. TAs will announce their office hours during the first Friday section meeting.
Assigned Reading Material
Exploring American Histories: A Brief Survey, Value Edition, Volume 2, ISBN 9781457659850
Upton Sinclair, The Jungle ISBN 0743487621
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, James D. Houston, Farewell to Manzanar ISBN 0618216200
Midterm Exam 1: Friday, October 4
Midterm Exam 2: Friday, November 8
Final Exam: Monday, December 9
Due dates for writing assignments
September 6
October 18 (two are due!)
November 15
December 4
Grading In order to pass this class you must have a 60% average on the 3 tests.
Your class participation grade will be based on attendance and participation. All students will begin the semester with the grade of 85% on Class Participation. You can miss class three times with no penalty, and you do not need any written excuse for absences except on test days (see below). For each absence after that, you lose 5% of your class participating grade per absence. Class participation will add points to your grade, up to 100%. If you use your phone, read outside material, or disrupt class you will lose points, down to 50%.
Make-Up Exam Policy
If for any family or medical reason you find it absolutely necessary to miss a test you must contact your TA or Dr. Holloway before the test to get consent for your absence if you wish to take a make-up exam. You may need to bring documentation proving the reason for your absence. If you do not contact your instructor before missing a test, penalties, which may include a failing grade on the test, will be assessed as are deemed appropriate. In an emergency situation in which you do not have time or ability to email your professor, you may call Professor Holloway's office and leave a message at 615-904-8149.
I.D. Terms for tests:
Click HERE for the list of ID terms and more information about this assignment. Each test will have a list of terms for you to identify from the textbbook. You will be responsible for preparing your answers on this on your own before the test. Think of this as a study guide for the exams -- if you know the ID's you will know much of (but not all of!) what you need for the exams.
Writing Assignments
There are five writing assignments in this class. Due dates for each are on the syllabus below. Each is worth 20 points. Late papers will be accepted but you will lose up to 3 points for each day they are late. All papers should be in essay format with an introduction, paragraphs, conclusion, topic sentences, and correct grammar and spelling. Be aware of university policies on plagiarism.
Reasonable Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
Reasonable Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: Middle Tennessee State University is committed to campus access in accordance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Any student interested in reasonable accommodations can consult the Disability & Access Center (DAC) website and/or contact the DAC for assistance at 615-898-2783 or dacemail@mtsu.edu
Learning Outcomes
This course fulfills the Learning Outcomes for a General Studies class. Click HERE for learning outcomes and for more information.
Plagiarism Policy All instances of academic misconduct will be reported to the Office of the Provost. Please refer to the MTSU website for more information about academic misconduct.


Week 1: August 26 - August 30
Textbook IDs Chapter 14

Week 2: September 4 - 6
No Class Monday, Sept 2 (Labor Day)
The American West
Native Americans
Textbook IDs Chapter 15
Writing Assignment 1: Indian Schools due September 6

Week 3: September 9 - 13
Native Americans
Textbook IDs Chapter 16

Week 4: September 16 - 20
Industrialization and Big Business
Labor Organizing
Textbook IDs Chapter 17
Reading for Friday Class

Week 5: September 23 - 27
Progressive Era
Discussion of The Jungle
Textbook IDs Chapter 18, 19

Week 6: September 30 - October 4
World War I
Midterm 1 on Friday October 4
Textbook IDs Chapter 20

Week 7: October 7 - 11
1920s and the Great Depression
New Deal
Textbook IDs Chapter 21, 22

Week 8: October 16 - 18
No class Monday October 16 (Fall break)
New Deal
Textbook IDs Chapter 22
Writing Assignments 2: Historical Documentaries due October 18
Writing Assignments 3: Historical Films due October 18

Week 9: October 21 - 25
World War II
Textbook IDs Chapter 23

Week 10: October 28 - November 1
Cold War
Discussion of Farewell to Manzanar
Textbook IDs Chapter 24 part 1

Week 11: November 4 - 8

Red Scare
Textbook IDs Chapter 24 part 2
Midterm 2, Friday November 8

Week 12: November 11 - 15
Vietnam War
Textbook IDs Chapter 26, 27
Writing Assignment 4: Columbia Riot due Friday November 15.
(Read introduction and then click on "Assignments")

Week 13: November 25
No class November 27, 29: Thanksgiving
Civil Rights Movement
Textbook IDs Chapter 25

Week 14: December 2 -4
Other Social Movements of the 1960s
The US since 1980
Textbook IDs Chapter 28
Writing Assignment 5: Visiting a historical site due December 4.

FINAL EXAM Monday December 9, 9:30 - 11:30, IN THE BIG COE CLASSROOM