Spring 2023 - HIST 213 B100

The United States Since 1877 (3)

Class Number: 4889

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 15, 2023
    Sat, 5:00–5:00 p.m.

  • 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 Donald Trump. Lectures and readings will trace key social and cultural themes, all stressing the importance of temporal reasoning and analysis. Students need to understand not only what happened and why, but how contexts shaped events as something more than inevitability or destiny. The goal of this course is to understand the past on its terms, and it will require mastering not only the personal and specific but also the general and conceptual. Students thus will 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 documents available through Canvas.

Mode: Recorded lectures will be accessible through a MyMedia site. The regularly scheduled lecture will be used instead to discuss the lectures and readings; there will not be separate tutorial sections. Weekly quizzes, papers, and exams will be 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%


2023 Alert: In Spring 2023 this course will be conducted remotely. Enrollment in this course 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.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, should register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.



  • Love, Nat, The Life and Adventures of Nat Love
  • 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


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


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