History is an attempt to understand the stories of the past.  We must not ignore dates and facts, but interpretations define the way we view the world around us.


Course Information:


Modern American History (Hybrid)


Hist 122


Summer 2017


9:00 - 11:10  Tue./ Thr.


 LC 213



John (Kinch) Kincheloe





Office Location:


HEC 316-A



Office Hours:  Listed on Home page (link)



-Following the Civil War the United States began its climb to become the dominant economic, cultural, and military power of the world.  While fueling this rise, corporations merged seamlessly into the political, economic, and cultural framework of America.  The Stars and Stripes and the Bald Eagle came to represent a sense of pride for every American.  In the process Americans have oppressed people at home and abroad, damaged the environment, and changed the country. 

-Over the course of this semester we will examine the events, people, and government that formed the society in which we are living today by tracing the path of America from Reconstruction to 9-11.  We will look closely at the concepts of “Imperialism,” Consumerism, Corporate expansion, and the reactions to these trends, and you will determine for yourselves just what the United States of America has become.

 By the end of the semester you should:

-Be able to explain how this economic, political, and cultural world evolved as a direct result of the past, and what drives the American way of life.

-Be able to devise original arguments about historical trends and events and prove them using both primary and secondary information.


Course Description and Objectives:

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Course Description

Surveys the general history of the United States from 1865 to the present and allows students to reach a basic understanding of the characteristic features of the United States’ historical development in the late 19th, 20th & early 21st centuries. Students will learn about some of the important political, economic, social, intellectual, cultural and religious changes that shaped the development of the United States since 1865


Course Objectives

Upon completion the course, the student will be able to:

-Establish a chronology of historical events in American History from 1865 to present.
-Explain the changing geo-political structures of the United States from 1865 to the present.
-Define the importance of key individuals and developments in American history from 1865 to present.
-Identify the social, economic and political forces at work in the evolution of modern/recent American history.
-Recognize and describe the significance of some of the cultural achievements of modern/recent American history.
-Analyze complex historical sources and materials and reach conclusions based on interpretations of those materials.


Recommended Co-requisites or Pre-requisites:

There are no pre-requisites, but this is a writing intensive course so an introductory English course is highly recommended.

Summer 2017  His 122 Hybrid Course Schedule
note: due to the Hybrid nature of the course there are Multiple weekly deadlines.

Class Date


Face-to-Face Meeting


Hybrid Activities/Papers [BB]

(Due before start of class)


Class Prep Activities

 (complete before class)

Group Schedule

presentation / videos

(Videos due 24 hrs before class time)

Week 1




Manifest Destiny



Introduction Assignment





Gilded Age Prosperity

-Write and submit to [BB]
 “Triangle Factory Fire Hybrid Assignment"

Read Textbook Ch.  16 & 17

-Read online Primary Sources
-Watch Posted video lecture

-Post discussion ch. 16 - 17[BB]

Week 2









Progressive Reaction

Paper 1 due

-Read How the Other Half Lives

-Read Textbook Ch.  18

-Read online Primary Sources

-Watch Posted video lecture

-Post discussion ch. 18[BB]

Week 3




-Write and submit to [BB]
“Apostles of Modernity Hybrid Assignment"


-Read Textbook  Ch.  19

-Read online Primary Sources

-Watch Posted video lecture

-Post discussion ch.  19[BB]

Dis. Lead - Group 1
Video - Group 4



Era of Paradox

Great Depression

Paper 2 due


-Read Textbook  Ch.  20 & 21

-Read online Primary Sources

-Watch Posted video lecture

-Post discussion ch.  20 - 21[BB]

Dis. Lead - Group 2
Video - Group 5

Week 4



Cold War

-Write and submit to[BB]
“Good Wife's Guide Hybrid Assignment"


-Read Textbook  Ch.  22 & 23

-Read online Primary Sources

-Watch Posted video lecture

-Post discussion ch.  22 & 23[BB]


Dis. Lead - Group 3




Suburban Conformity

Paper 3 due

-Read Animal Farm

-Read Textbook  Ch.  24

-Watch Posted video lecture

-Post discussion ch. 24 [BB]

Video - Group 1

Week 5



1960s Activism

Civil Rights Movement

“Civil Rights Hybrid Assignment"

-Read Textbook  Ch.  25 & 26

-Read online Primary Sources

-Watch Posted video lecture

-Post discussion ch. 25 & 26[BB]

Dis. Lead - Group 4
Video - Group 2



Vietnam War

Collapse of Soviets

-Write and submit to [BB]
“1960s Hybrid Assignment"

-Read Textbook  Ch. 27

-Read online Primary Sources

-Watch Posted video lecture

-Post discussion ch. 27 [BB]

Dis. Lead - Group 5
Video - Group 3

Week 6



Post Cold War America


-Write and submit to [BB]

 Final Cumulative Paper due

-Read Textbook  Ch.  28

-Read online Primary Sources

-Watch Posted video lecture

-Post discussion ch.  28[BB]



Note: The instructor has the right to alter or change the course schedule at any time as he deems appropriate.

Course Textbooks:

-Textbook=                        -Give me Liberty, (seagull ed.) Eric Foner

-Additional books =         -Animal Farm, Orwell

                                            -How the Other Half Lives, Jacob Riis

-Additional online materials will be made available via Blackboard


Tree Preservation

This is a paperless course. 

- All additional readings, assignments, submissions, and course materials are on Blackboard.

-All primary source readings are online and accessible through links in the BB “Course Schedule.”

-You will need to check Blackboard acct. weekly for readings and assignments.

-To access Blackboard = Log in to “My NOVA”  https://nvcc.my.vccs.edu/jsp/home.jsp



Hybrid assignments are intended to take the place of in class learning, and should be thought of as an opportunity to engage with the material, not just basic HW.


Grading Policy:

All assignments are graded on a 100 point scale and averaged accordingly to the percentages listed below.




In class Participation



Group Video Presentations/ Discussion Lead



Chapter Discussion Posts



Hybrid Activities


Grading Scale


3 - 2 page papers




Final Exam













59 and below


Late Assignments 

-Late papers and Hybrid activities will be accepted after the due date and time for half credit, as long as they are submitted before the final class period of the term.

-Discussion, Quizzes, Participation, and Presentation assignments will only be accepted during the week they are due.

-All assignments should be stored on a cloud server and submitted online.  Excuses such as “my dog ate my homework” and “my computer crashed” are no longer valid.

Exams and Make-Up Exams

For exam sessions, make-ups will not be given other than in the case of a genuine emergency with appropriate documentation (ie, emergency room documents, court summons, etc.)  Missing class due to "not feeling well," not being able to get a ride, having to work, and the like are not genuine emergencies.


Posting of Grades

HW, Hybrid Assignments, and presentations will be graded and posted within a week of their due date. 

Papers and Exams will be graded and posted within two weeks of their due date, in order to give more detailed feedback.


Attendance Policy: 

This is a hybrid course whereas 50% of the coursework assignments are completed outside the classroom.  Students are expected to work at least nine (9) hours a week to completed coursework expectations.  Students are required to log onto blackboard at least three times a week, to ensure awareness of assignment updates, coursework modifications and weekly announcements. 

Absences, Late arrival, and leaving early will affect a student’s grade due to the student not being able to participate in class/group discussions. Regular attendance is expected and an attendance record will be maintained for each class.  Students who fail to attend class during the first 25 percent of the course will be administratively withdrawn from the course.


                 o   Group Work

You will be assigned a group that you will work with throughout the semester.  

·Your group will have its own private discussion board and collaboration on BB beginning in week 2.

*Video Group Research Presentations -Click Here = for detailed instructions.

·         Your group will produce a publicly posted five minute research presentation to be shown in the class.

*Discussion lead -Click Here = for detailed instructions.

·Your group will present on and lead a class discussion of the primary sources assigned for your week.

                                  - If the the class does not participate, every member of  the class (not presenting) will write a 1 page typed summary before the next class.


o   Participation

§  Based on attendance and active engagement in daily discussions.

o   Chapter discussion posts

Each  post is due before the start of the class of in which the corresponding chapter(s) is assigned.


              o Hybrid Activities

§  Weekly short written exercises and/or discussion carried out through BB.

§  Exercises will be graded as written assignments/ discussion will be graded based on both quantity and quality of posts.

§  Due everyday before start of class.

              o   3- 2pg. argumentative papers

Utilizing readings from primary sources, and the textbook.

(All papers should be submitted via attachment on blackboard before the assigned due date)


o   Final Cumulative Exam 

                                1 Cumulative essay -4 pg typed essay question (on syllabus)


Final Exam Question

The United States is a military, political, and cultural power in the world today.  Based on all you have heard, read, and seen this semester, how has America risen to such a position?  Why did it happen and will it continue?

(Evidence and Information must be used from across the breath of the semester and 3 different primary documents to prove your Argument.)


Extra Credit Assignments (due by the end of Week 5) =

-Digital History Project- http://www.nvcc.edu/home/jkincheloe/extracredit.html

                   Take a look and talk to Kinch if you are interested.



Lecture Textbook Review Materials (links) 

-Textbook Study Guide= U.S. History
-Lecture Review Materials:    US2 Lecture Outline1     
US2 Lecture Outline2     /\      US2 Images1       US2 Images2  

Guidelines for Written Work 

Formatting: All Papers should be double spaced, using 12 point Calibri font and one inch margins.  All papers must be word processed and submitted through Blackboard as “doc,” “docx,” or “rtf.”      E-mail submissions will not be accepted.  

Style and Grammar: You must present your arguments in clear, concise, and grammatically correct English.  Make sure to proofread and use spell-check. For information on writing papers for this class, make sure to read Kinch’s writing guide (under course documents on BB.)  You also might want to consult the following handy websites:

o       NVCC Loudoun's Writing Center

o       Charlie Evans’ History Writing Center

Citations:  You MUST include a formal citation any time you refer to a specific passage in a text, even if you do not quote the text directly.  The required method for citing sources in this class is Chicago Style formatting for footnote citations.  According to this format, you “Insert Footnote” (under references) and enter the citation information as laid out in this link.


Academic Dishonesty: 

Academic Dishonesty will not be tolerated.

Students involved in cheating will receive a grade of “0” on the activity during which cheating occurred and particularly flagrant or obviously intentional instances of cheating or plagiarism will result in a grade of "F" for the course.  In addition the student will be reported to the Dean of Students for further disciplinary action.


Please read the section titled Student Conduct, Rights, and Responsibilities:  F. Academic Dishonesty in the Student Handbook.


Academic dishonesty, as a general rule, involves one of the following acts:

1.       Cheating on an examination or quiz; including the giving, receiving, or soliciting of information and the unauthorized use of notes or other materials.

2.       Substituting for another person during an examination or allowing such substitution for one’s self.

3.       Plagiarism. This is the act of appropriating passages from the work of another individual, either word for word or in substance, and representing them as one’s own work. This includes any submission of written work other than one’s own.

-Please note that even copying a sentence or two from another source without citing it is enough to trigger a plagiarism penalty.  Likewise, changing a word here or there from content which you copy is plagiarism.  Your work should be entirely in your own words except for the passages which you quote and appropriately cite. All of your papers for the class will be checked for plagiarism by SafeAssign software.

4.       Collusion with another person in the preparation or editing of assignments submitted for credit, unless such collaboration has been approved in advance by the instructor.

5.       Knowingly furnishing false information to the College; forgery and alteration or use of College documents or instruments of identification with the intent to defraud.

Be aware of the following:

- Internet-enabled devices, dictionaries and/or calculators are prohibited during testing.

- If you need to leave the room during testing, for whatever reason, your test will be collected immediately for grading without any additional time for more work on the test or quiz.



Instructor/Student Communications Policy:

The primary means of communication outside the classroom between the Instructor and the student is via Blackboard Announcements and e-mail. Students should check Blackboard and their e-mail daily for any Instructor communications. Failure on the part of the student to check Blackboard and e-mail on a regular basis is not an excuse for missed /late assignments or exams. The Instructor turn-around time to respond to e-mails is 24-to-48 hours Monday through Friday.

Instructors receive a significant number of e-mails from students over the course of the semester. To specifically identify the course in which the student is enrolled, all e-mail from the student must include the course and section number (e.g., ACC211-000) in the Subject of the e-mail.


I will email you at the email address on my class list which is your VCCS email address. If you do not check this address frequently, I would recommend you set it up for automatic forwarding to an email address you do check more frequently. When emailing the instructor, always send email from your VCCS email address.


Electronic Devices

Laptops and tablets are encouraged in class, but surfing for non-subject related material during class will not be tolerated.  If seen you will be asked to explain the relevance of what is on your screen and you may be asked to leave the room.  You will be required to engage with your own or provided devices during class discussion. Screens under 7 in. are not valid in-class devices for this course. Phones should be stowed and silenced during class time. If the device is heard, I reserve the right to respond to the call or incoming message.


Student Professionalism

Please be considerate. Disruptive behavior, on the ground and online, will not be tolerated.  Private conversations during lecture or class discussions, ringing mobile phones, texting, sleeping, or walking into class late or out of class early all distract and disturb your instructor and your classmates, and will count against your participation grade.  Repeated instances of rude behavior will result your removal from the classroom.   If you have a question or a comment on the course material, please raise your hand and share it with the class.

All students are considered adults and will conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. Please read the section titled Student Conduct, Rights, and Responsibilities:  B. Student Conduct in the Student Handbook.



"Netiquette" is an abbreviation for "Internet etiquette" – simply, basic rules of the road for the "Information Superhighway." Online learning involves much communication using email, bulletin boards, chats and other methods.

Anonymity – While anonymity is often, and justifiably, desired in many Internet communications, maintaining your identity is essential in an online course. If at any time you have concerns about your privacy in an online course, please let your instructor know. Make sure you include your name on all your emails as some messaging systems will not include this and many email addresses do not indicate the name of the sender.

Brevity – Very few people want to read long messages. Other than for special situations, try to keep most of your communications brief and to the point. Others will thank you, and you'll be equally grateful to everyone else.

Communication – Use the Subject Line. Make your entry in the Subject Line concise and informative. Focus on one subject per message and always include a pertinent subject title for the message; that way the user can locate the message quickly. Include your name at the bottom of email messages. Be careful when using sarcasm and humor. Without face to face communications, your joke may be viewed as criticism.

Inappropriate material – Suggestive or pornographic content or links do not belong in online courses, nor does anything promoting hatred or discrimination.

Large files – Avoid sending unnecessarily large files and attachments. Many of those cute screen savers and computer games circulated via email place a heavy load on email systems and create large downloads, particularly for those who are on slower modems or using older computers. They often may also carry malicious content such as viruses.

Privacy – It is simple to forward a message you have received from someone else. However, unless it is clear you have their permission to do so, check first. This is particularly important when you post a private message sent to you from someone else to a public bulletin board or email list.

Readability – Try to format your messages with lots of breaks and headings. One long paragraph that fills some else's full screen with no breaks will very likely not be read. Watch for errors: a careful read as well as a spell-check will solve most problems--lots of mistakes are extremely annoying.

Shouting – What is shouting? THIS IS: TYPING A MESSAGE IN CAPITAL LETTERS IS TYPICALLY UNDERSTOOD AS THE EQUIVALENT OF SHOUTING AT SOMEONE. It is perceived as rude and will usually result in a request by others to "Stop yelling" or worse, a "flame"--a flurry of angry responses that will bombard your email inbox.

Adapted from http://www.jibc.bc.ca/onlineLearning/online/online/net.htm.

IT Helpdesk

The IT Help Desk provides first-level technical support to all faculty, staff and students of Northern Virginia Community College. Additional details and resources are located at http://www.nvcc.edu/ithd/.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday:

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.






Anyone observing an emergency situation should contact the Campus Police Office or the dean of students.

Loudoun Campus

Campus Police:


Dean of Students:


Disability Services for Students:

The College is committed to the goal of providing each qualified student an equal opportunity to pursue a college education regardless of disability. Efforts will be made toward meeting reasonable requests for services to students with disabilities eligible under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Please read the section titled Disability Services for Students in the Student Handbook.

Students requiring special needs in accordance with the American’s With Disabilities Act must provide to the professor the NOVA Accommodation Form. Every effort will be made to meet student’s special needs when the student makes those needs known appropriately. It is the student’s responsibility, not a counselor’s, to present the NOVA Accommodation Form to the professor. Accommodations will begin as soon as the form is received and are not retroactive.

Please visit the Disability Support Service (DSS), Disability Documentation Guidelines, and Students with Disabilities Intake Packet NOVA website pages for additional details and list of Disability Counselors by Campus. 

Northern Virginia Community College, Disability Services http://www.nvcc.edu/current-students/disability-services/

-Accommodation forms should be given to the instructor no fewer than 7 days before the date the assignment or exam requiring the accommodation is due, and preferably at the very beginning of the semester.

Classroom Emergency Response Procedures

All classrooms have an evacuation plan and directions (showing the route to the nearest building exit) posted next to the light switch by the doorway of each room. When the fire alarm sounds, immediately evacuate the classroom or lab with all of your belongings in accordance with the Evacuation Plan. Do not take the elevator. Do not activate cell phones or radios and please help assist the disabled.

Inclement Weather Policy

You may find out whether the college is closed by checking the web site, the TV or radio news, or by signing up for text message announcements. Please visit https://www.nvcc.edu/emergency/closing/index.html for detailed information. Individuals may also call the College Call Center at 703–323–3000, NOVAConnect Phone at 703–323–3770, or in Prince William County 703–330–3770. Do not call individual offices.

If weather conditions cause the College to close, all NOVA campuses and off-campus locations are closed.

Emergency Procedures for Class Continuance 

In the event of a College-wide emergency, course requirements, classes, deadlines, and grading schemes are subject to changes that may include alternate delivery methods, alternate methods of interaction with the instructor, class materials, and/or classmates, a revised attendance policy, and a revised semester calendar and/or grading scheme.

=Normal Class cancelation due to weather will not affect the course schedule – You are responsible for all readings and assignments regardless of whether we have class on not.

Nova Emergency Alert Registration: https://alert.nvcc.edu

In event of an emergency just regarding this class, check Blackboard for announcements regarding course progress/assignments.

------Note: The instructor has the right to alter or change the course and course schedule at any time as he deems appropriate.-------




contact: jkincheloe@nvcc.edu