American History Since 1877
History 1051, CRN 830505, Section 001
MWF: 9 - 9:50, Brewster B-102
Fall 2016

Dr. Kenneth Wilburn
Office Hours (Brewster A-318): MWF 10 - 11 a.m. & by Appointment
Office Telephone: 252-328-1029
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Course Goals:

Students in HIST 1051 will learn the subject matter of American History Since 1877 in provincial, national and global contexts. Jules Benjamin's A Student's Guide to History will introduce students to research methodology, principles, and concepts related to the discipline of history and historical research. Finally, students will learn about history's contribution to general knowledge, as well as how American history teaches us about the human experience.

Discussion and Presentation Assignments (50%):

Discussion and presentation assignments will include three class projects: "Native Americans," "Black Power," and "The American War in Viet-Nam." Students will also be assigned articles and sections of our books to lead in discussion or present as short speeches in class. Students not giving speeches will be assigned outlines or essays.

500-word Book Review of Drawing Meaning into History (20%):

For book review instructions, see: Your book review is due Monday, 19 September.

Final Exam (30%):

Your mid-semester exam has been canceled due to Hurricane Matthew. Your final exam is worth 30% of your course grade and is scheduled for Wednesday, 14 December, 8 - 10:30 a.m. You will need to bring two examination bluebooks to the final.


Benjamin, Jules R. A Student's Guide to History.
Wilburn, Kenneth, Drawing Meaning into History
Zinn, Howard. A People's History of the United States.

Class Attendance Policy:

Seven or more absences cause failure.

Class Decorum:

Please enjoy Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, email and your telephone before you enter and after you exit our classroom. In class you may use your communications device only for taking class notes. Your classmates and I thank you in advance for your good manners and respectful commitment to intellectual engagement in American History since 1877.

Emergency Announcements and Hotline:

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Students requesting accommodations based on a disability must be registered with the
Department for Disability Support Services located in Slay 138 ((252) 737-1016 (Voice/TTY)).

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First Online Edition: 18 May 1997
Last Revised: 15 October 2016