Lecture Hall 3
Section Information for Spring 2017
This survey in modern American history is designed to give the student a broad picture of the growth and development of the United States after Reconstruction, focusing on the transition from a rural agricultural nation to an urban industrial one. Surmounting the difficulties of this transition was a great challenge to the American people and to their leaders throughout the first half of the twentieth century. Rapid changes in technology, urban growth, and immigration eventually led to a new definition of government responsibility, and also to new public attitudes. Moreover, the urban challenge has persisted, along with its social, political and economic implications, and has been manifested by cycles of reform and reaction. An important theme is the constant struggle with the ideal of pluralism. Another central issue during these years is America’s rise to world leadership.
Satisfies the general education requirement in social and behavioral Science.