History of the United States of America (Tribble)
Honors track available
Textbook: several under consideration
Document Package: Primary Sources Free on line (spiral bound hard copies available for purchase)
Class handouts distributed throughout each semester
Day and Time Offered:
Cost: $75/month (includes $5
facility use fee); late fee $5; 10% discount for full semester payment in advance.
This survey course of the history of the United States of America begins with Fall Semester and America's Formative years, fighting and winning the War for Independence against Britain, and the establishment of a Constitutional Republic. The conclusion of the first semester involves the Crisis of the Union with America’s House Divided, as Lincoln described it using an illustration from Luke’s Gospel (Luke 11:17), and the ultimate Preservation of the Union. The Spring Semester opens with America becoming a world power and the decisive role of the United States in winning the Great War. Following the American triumph in WWI, America’s Great Depression spread all over the world, and then a second World War emerged even more devastating than the first. Once again America rose to the challenge playing the decisive role in defeating Germany and Japan through a combination of code breaking against the enemy, mass production, and unlimited fire power—including the creation of atomic weapons. After the great confidence gained from the triumph in WWII, America suffered what seemed to be a period of indecision but pressed on as always to a period of greatness, described by President Ronald Reagan in his Farewell Address when he quoted part of a sermon from America’s formative years that America was and will always be a beacon of freedom for the world, a shining “city upon a hill.”
Reading assignments from your textbook and your document package are essential in this course. Quizzes and Essays will be derived largely from your reading assignments each night throughout the year.
Your work will be evaluated both Fall and Spring Semesters in the following way:
Two Topic Exams--20% each; Quiz Average--20%; Essay Average--20%; Final Exam--20%.
I wish you the best of success in this class, and I promise to do all I can to help you achieve your personal academic goals.