HIST 128: American History Since 1865

Self-paced Online or Correspondence

This course explores United States history from the immediate aftermath of the Civil War to the present. In short, it tries to answer the question, “how did we get to where we are today?” It is impossible to cover every single event, major personality, or turning point over such a long time period. Instead, we will try to explore some of the major evolutions in the United States’ growth as a nation, and later as a global power, over the last 150 years. In particular, we will focus on the major figures, politicians, activists, and military leaders who molded America’s course, as well as how ordinary Americans experienced and shaped their country

Required Texts/Materials

  • Michael Schaller, et al., American Horizons: US History in a Global Context, Volume II: Since 1865, 2nd edition, 2014, ISBN 978-0199389346

  • John David Smith (Ed.), When Did Southern Segregation Begin?, 2001, ISBN 978-0312257385

  • Sean Wilentz, The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974–2008, 2008, ISBN 978-0060744816

You can find information on how to purchase textbooks and required materials on the Textbooks page of the Friday Center website.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Tommy Sheppard
  • Credit-granting Institution: UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Number of Assignments: 12
  • View a sample course syllabus for the online course.

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