National University




HIS220B United States History II

Lead Faculty: Dr. Daniel R. Thorburn

Course Description

Survey of American history from Reconstruction to the present. Explores economic, political, social, and cultural factors that shaped the development of the nation, including industrialization, America's emergence as a world power and the challenges of the late 20th century. Pays special attention to issues of race, class, gender and ethnicity.

Learning Outcomes

  • Clarify the problems faced by workers during American industrialization.
  • Illustrate the causes and consequences of U. S. overseas expansion.
  • Explain the impact of social protest movements on 20th-century American life and society.
  • Analyze the consequences of market economics for the American people.
  • Describe the place of women in modern American society.
  • Explain the changing interpretations and uses of the U.S. Constitution in the 20th century.
  • Illustrate the sophisticated methods by which the American ruling class has governed.
  • Clarify the place of warfare in 20th-century American history with particular emphasis on causes and consequences.