History

HIST 127: American History to 1865

Self-paced Online or Correspondence

This course explores American history from initial settlement of the continent thousands of years ago through the conclusion of the Civil War. It will be impossible to cover such a vast and eventful period in detail, but the aim of the class is to give you a general overview of where the United States came from, the major factors shaping its development, and the significance of colonial America and the United States to global history. Along the way, we will consider the major political, social, cultural, economic, and military factors that molded the United States from its colonial origins through the ordeal of civil war.

Required Texts/Materials

  • Schaller, et al., American Horizons: US History in a Global Context, Volume I: To 1877, 2nd edition (2014), ISBN 978-0199389339

  • Ferling, Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 (Pivotal Moments in American History), (2005), ISBN 978-0195189063

  • McPherson, For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War (1998), ISBN 978-0195124996

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

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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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HIST 140: The World Since 1945

Self-paced Correspondence

This course provides an introduction to the social, economic, and political history of the world since 1945. The course focuses on international problems and on case studies of individual countries.

Required Texts/Materials

  • Drakulic, How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed(1993)

  • Hayslip, When Heaven and Earth Changed Places (1990)

  • Heng and Shapiro, Son of the Revolution (1983)

  • Thiong’o, Matigari (1998)

  • Menchu and Burgos-Debray, I, Rigoberta Menchu (1999)

  • Greider, One World, Ready or Not (1999)

  • HIST 140 Coursepack

Optional Texts/Materials

  • Vadney, The World Since 1945 (1999)

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

Course Details

  • Instructor: Russ Van Wyk, PhD
  • Credit-granting Institution: UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Number of Assignments: 17
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HIST 367: North Carolina History Since 1865

Self-paced Online

Through a variety of books and essays, this course examines the social, economic, and political forces that shaped North Carolina from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Subjects covered include the shift from an agriculture economy to manufacturing, followed by service and high tech; the rise of racial segregation and disfranchisement at the turn of the twentieth century, and its dismantling in the 1960s by the Civil Rights movement; the effects of the Great Depression and the New Deal; the changing role of women; and the development of public education.

Required Texts/Materials

  • Link, North Carolina: Change and Tradition in a Southern State (2009), ISBN 978-0882952673

  • Leloudis, Schooling the New South (1996), ISBN 978-0807822654

  • Hanchett, Sorting Out the New South City (1998), ISBN 978-0807823767

  • Covington and Ellis, eds., The North Carolina Century (2002), ISBN 978-0807827574

  • Hall, Leloudis, Korstad, Murphy, Jones, and Daly, Like a Family (2000), ISBN 978-0807848791

  • HIST 367 Coursepack

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

Course Details

  • Instructor: Kenneth Zogry, PhD
  • Credit-granting Institution: UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Number of Assignments: 15
  • View a sample course syllabus for the online course.
  • View a sample course syllabus for the correspondence course.

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