Maricopa Community Colleges  HIS104   19956-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 6-27-95

HIS104  1995 Fall – 2010 Summer II

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

United States History 1870 to Present

The political, economic, and social development of United States from Reconstruction period up to present time.

Prerequisites: None.

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


HIS104  1995 Fall – 2010 Summer II

United States History 1870 to Present



Describe the nation's shift of interest to westward expansion in the aftermath of the Reconstruction. (I, II)


Describe the emergence of America as an economic and technological power, including the nation's mineral potential and geographic possibilities. (I, II)


Describe the nation's vast human resources resulting from population patterns and new industrial work forces. (I, II)


Describe on the ideology of capitalism and creation of a climate for political and financial development. (I, II)


Describe theories and practices which promoted growth of enormous corporations and capital formations. (I, II)


Describe the mass immigration and the reaction of nativism during the last quarter of the 1800s. (II)


Describe social reform during the Industrial Age leading to organized labor, populist agrarian reforms, and legislation to bridle big business and political corruption. (II)


Describe the new spirit of greatness based on industrial might and the ideology of manifest destiny. (III)


Review aggression in American foreign policy and war for an empire. (III)


Review voices for reform on local and state levels, progressivism on the national level, and Theodore Roosevelt's role as a trust buster. (IV)


Distinguish between Taft's quiet progressivism and the moral progressivism of Wilson's presidency. (IV)


Describe the initial stance of American neutrality, the preparedness campaign, financing World War I, and selling the crusade. (V)


Describe the defeat of Germany and the fourteen points in the Treaty of Versailles. (V)


Describe the consumers' society as reflected by the automobile and appliances, the lost generation, urban growth, and the new waves of immigration. (VI)


Describe the traditionalist revolt and clash of values, prohibition and other reforms, and the great stock market crash of October 1929. (VI)


Review the aspects of the economic depression including unemployment, loss of income, and bank closure. (VI)


Describe the elections of 1932, the first New Deal, and the second New Deal. (VI)


Explain how isolationism in America ended with the coming of WW II. (VII)


Describe social change during WW II. (VII)


Assess American participation in the war in Europe and in the Pacific. (VII)


Describe how ideology divided the world during the cold war. (VIII)


Describe American cold war policies and practices in Europe and Korea. (VIII)


Review the effects in the US of the cold war, including the rise and fall of Joseph McCarthy. (VIII)


Describe the consumer culture during the Eisenhower era. (IX)


Review the emergence of the Civil Rights Movement, integration of schools, and the Montgomery, Alabama boycott. (IX)


Describe the spirit of the Kennedy administration and Vietnam as the longest war. (X)


Evaluate LBJ's Great Society and the struggle for racial justice. (X)


Describe the regulation of government power and foreign policy in the 1970s. (XI)


Describe the George Bush presidency and the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. (XII)


Review the Persian Gulf war, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. (XII)

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HIS104  1995 Fall – 2010 Summer II

United States History 1870 to Present


I. An industrializing nation

A. Ordeal of reconstruction

B. Politics in the gilded age

C. Lords of industry and laboring class

II. Middle class reform

A. The great west and agricultural revolution

B. The rise of cities, urban families, and immigrants

C. Social reform and the populist protest

III. Becoming a world power

A. Sources for expansion

B. Spanish-American War

C. The Pacific possessions and Panama Canal

IV. Progressivism confronts unbridled industrial growth

A. Theodore Roosevelt and the Square Deal

B. Woodrow Wilson and the New Freedom

C. The limits of progressive movement

V. The war to end war

A. The United States enters the war

B. Military experience and domestic impact of the war

C. Conclusion: The divided legacy of the war

VI. A new era of prosperity and problems

A. American life in the "Roaring Twenties"

B. The economics of boom and bust

C. The Great Depression and the birth of the New Deal

VII. World War II

A. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the shadow of war

B. America in World War II

C. The new technology of war: the atomic bomb

VIII. The ideology of the cold war

A. The United Nations divided: free and communist

B. The strategy of containment

C. The cold war at home

IX. Post World War II growth and change

A. The Eisenhower era: the consumer culture

B. The seeds of civil rights revolution

C. Integration and extending the American dream

X. The cultural upheaval of the stormy sixties

A. The Kennedy spirit and Cuban missile crisis

B. Lyndon B. Johnson and the Great Society

C. The Vietnam disaster

XI. The stalemated seventies and the Nixon presidency

A. Vietnamese conflict: peace without victory

B. New policies toward Russia and China

C. The Watergate scandal and Carter election

XII. Reagan and the resurgence of conservatism

A. Gorbachev, Reagan, and the thawing of cold war

B. The George Bush years and collapse of communism

C. The election of Bill Clinton



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