Spring 2017 - HIST 213 D100

The United States Since 1877 (3)

Class Number: 3952

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    WMC 3220, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 20, 2017
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 3150, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Joseph Taylor
    1 778 782-4400
    Office: AQ 6012
  • 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.


This course surveys United States history between two extremely contentious presidential campaigns, beginning with the end of Reconstruction and culminating with Bush v. Gore.  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 thus to master both the personal and specific as well as the general and conceptual.  The goal is to understand the past on its terms.  To do this students will engage a range of source material, including lectures, primary documents, and secondary essays.  Tutorials and exams will focus on main themes in the course.  The two papers are five page each, focusing on the analysis of a set of documents available online through WebCT.

Themes:  Imperialism, Industrialism, Nationalism, Political Culture, Religion, Urbanization


  • Midterm 30%
  • Papers (each) 20%
  • Final 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

Rauchway, Eric, The Great Depression and New Deal:  A Very Short Introduction

Merrill, Karen, The Oil Crisis of 1973-1974:  A Brief History with Documents

Tutorial readings available online and through Canvas Course Site


Joseph Locke and Ben Wright, The American Yawp, http://www.americanyawp.com

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