Course Web Site: http://benschmidt.org/HIST1234


Between 1876 and 1945, Americans transformed their country from a still largely rural, Atlantic nation into the most powerful industrial nation in the world. But this expansion of power strained the structures of American government and society to the breaking point. This class will explore the transformative years in American history by focusing on some of the major debates, theories, and controversies of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Important Note

This syllabus is subject to change. Over the course of the semester, reading may be added or dropped, and additional materials or links will be put in.

The version on the course website is at all times the canonical source: see that for identification of class handouts, the latest versions of the reading assignments, and anytime else you have questions. An updated paper copy will be available on request.

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