American History Since 1877
History 1051, CRN 82305, Section 001
MWF: 11 - 11:50, Brewster D-203
Fall 2014

Dr. Kenneth Wilburn
Office Hours (Brewster A-318): MWF 8:30 - 9 a.m., 12 - 12:30 p.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.

Assignments (50%):

Discussion and presentation assignments will include three class projects: "Native Americans," "Black Power," and "The American War in Viet-Nam." During the semester, students will be assigned articles and sections of our books to lead in discussion or present as short speeches in class.

Exams (50%):

Your mid-semester exam will take place in class on Wednesday, 8 October. Your final exam is scheduled for Monday, 15 December, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. You will need to bring two examination bluebooks to the final. Your exams are worth 20 and 30 percent respectively.


Benjamin, Jules R. A Student's Guide to History.
Calloway, Colin. Our Hearts Fell to the Ground.
O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried.
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:

East Carolina University seeks to comply fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
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: 24 August 2014