Spring 2021 - HIST 213 D100

The United States Since 1877 (3)

Class Number: 5700

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 22, 2021
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    Recommended: HIST 212.



An analysis of the transformation of American culture from post-Civil War to modern forms. Topics to be discussed will include industrialization, urbanization, foreign policy, cultural and political antagonisms. Breadth-Humanities.


Overview: This course surveys United States history from the end of Reconstruction to the rise of Trump. Lectures and readings trace major social and cultural themes. The goal is to develop analytical skills for temporal reasoning, which means knowing not only what happened and why, but how contexts have shaped events as something more mutable than a simple case of destiny or inevitability. The challenge is to master both the personal and specific as well as the general and conceptual. The goal is to understand the past on its terms. Students will thus engage materials ranging from lectures and primary documents to secondary essays and videos. Discussions and exams will focus on main themes in the course. The two five-page papers will analyze pre-selected sets of documents available through Canvas.

Mode: Lectures will be provided through recorded PowerPoint files (PPSX). The regularly scheduled meeting time will be used to discuss lectures and readings; there will not be separate tutorial sections. Papers and exams are administered through the Canvas “assignments” platform.

Topics:  Colonialism, environmental contingencies, industrialism, nationalism, political culture, racialism and racism, religion



  • Weekly Quizzes 10%
  • First Paper 15%
  • Midterm Exam 30%
  • Second Paper 15%
  • Final Exam 30%



Love, Nat, The Life and Adventures of Nat Love, Better Known in the Cattle Country as “Deadwood Dick”

Brandeis, Louis, Other People’s Money, And How Bankers Use It

Jesse Jackson, “The Story of Seattle’s Hooverville”

James M. Fallows, “Song of Hayakawa”


John Locke & Ben Wright, The American Yawp

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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).