Everest Syllabus and Course Outline

Course Title: 20th Century American History Course Number: AMH 2030
Credit Hours: 4.0 Quarter Credit Hours Course Length: 12 Weeks
Prerequisite: None Term: Spring 2013
Instructor: Ron Ziegler Time: W 6-10 pm,
Instructor Email: RonaldGordonZiegler@yahoo.com Instructor Phone: 321-805-2507

Course Description: A survey of the events of the modern era of American history. This course begins with the Spanish American War, the watershed of the 20th Century, and covers the political, social, and diplomatic developments including the populist movement, World War I, The Treaty of Versailles, the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, the New Deal, World War II, the Atomic Age, the Cold War, the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, the information age, civil rights and feminism.

Prerequisite: None.

Lecture Hrs: 040 Lab Hrs: 000 Other Hrs: 000

Objectives: Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
Discuss and explain the Progressive Era within American society.
Understand and describe the different cycles of the economy and its effect on our politics.
Discuss the rapid rise of science and technology.
Explain the advancing concepts of war from the Spanish American to the current conflict.
Compare and contrast the philosophies of different types of government, from dictatorship to Oligarchy, to democracy in relation to the Cold War.
Explain the concepts of diversity as it relates to our society.

Text: The American Journey, TLC Edition Volume 2, 5th Edition
Goldfield & Abbott Pearson Education, 2009

You may want to use google, wickipedia or these supplemental e text books



Instructional Methods: The course will be taught through a series of lectures, group discussions, in class exercises, library research. Guest speakers, when available, will be invited to share knowledge and experience.

Resources: Additional resources including magazines, newspapers, journals, and periodicals may be used by the instructor and the student. Students are strongly encouraged to use the resources of the college library to enhance their overall learning experience.

Attendance: Students are expected to attend every class meeting and will not be allowed to do makeup work unless approved by the instructor.


20th Century American History

R. Ziegler/Spring 2013/Everest University

Schedule of Work


4/17 Introductions/Syllabus/Course Requirements/Grading Criterion/

The Fed and Monetary Policy*

4/24 Ch 17,18 Progressivism and Jim Crow/Fiscal Policy*


5/1 Ch 19, 20 U.S. Foreign Affairs into the 20th Century/Boom and Bust*

5/8 Ch 21 The Great War/Keynesianism*


5/15 Ch 22, 23 Roaring Twenties/History of Rock n Roll 1*

5/22 Ch 24, 25 Depression and New Deal/Rock n Roll 2*/MidTerm Due


5/29 Ch 26, 27 Cold War and 1950s/Rock n Roll 3*

6/5 Ch 28 Great Society/Rock n Roll 4*


6/12 Ch 29 Reagan Revolution/Free to Choose-Free Markets*

6/19 Ch 30,31 Progressive Counter-Revolution/Fahrenhype 911*


6/26 Ch 32, 33 Into the 21st Century/Great Global Warming Swindle*

7/3 Final Exam, etc due

 * indicates video presentation
















Grading Criterion

each individual grading instrument will be worth 1/5 of your final course grade


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This is based on the student's overall participation in classroom and prepartion activities.

Students are required to maintain proper classroom decorum and are expected to be in class on a regular basis. The grade her is based on the number of classes the student misses, with necessary and appropriate adjustment for participation. Unexcused absences can lower this grade one letter for each two unexcused absences.

One Critical Article Review

500 word commentary on one article found at www.heritage.org or one from www.cato.org

One Book Review or Two Film Reviews

500 word critical review of one of the following submitted hard copy by the time the final is due

Strange Career of Jim Crow/Woodward

Autobiography of Malcolm X/Haley

The Visible Hand/Chandler

Men In Black/Levin

The Tempting of America/Bork

Planning for Freedom/Mises

Stride Toward Freedom/King

Road to Serfdom or The Fatal Conceit/Hayek

Capitalism, The Unknown Ideal/Ayn Rand

Free to Choose by Milton Friedman

The Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman

Marxism by Thomas Sowell

Dismantling America by Thomas Sowell

Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell

Applied Economics by Thomas Sowell

The Housing Boom and Bust by Thomas Sowell

The Fair Tax by Neal Bortz

Planning for Freedom by Ludwig von Mises

The Fatal Conceit by Frederich Hayek

The Road to Serfdom by Frederich Hayek

Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt

Americaís Great Depression by Murray Rothbard

The Roosevelt Myth by John T. Flynn

Tempting of America by Robert Bork

Liberty and the Tyranny of Socialism by Walter Williams

Culture of Corruption by Michelle Malkin

Crimes Against Liberty by David Limbaugh

Broke by Glen Beck

For Good or Evil/Adams

Economics in One Lesson/Hazlett

Losing Ground/Murray

Treason/Ann Coulter

Betrayal/Linda Chavez

The Conquest of Poverty(online)/Hazlett

Liberty or Tyranny/Mark Levin

Liberal Fascism/Jonas Goldberg



Two Film Reviews

500 word analyses of two films/videos such as the following

(there may be others you can do - if you have one in mind,

consult instructor)

The Sum of All Fears

Little Big Man

Cheyenne Autumn


Sergeant Rutledge

The Triangle Fire

Angela's Ashes

To Kill A Mockingbird

Bonnie and Clyde

A Raisin in the Sun


Porkchop Ridge

Blackboard Jungle

Rebel Without a Cause

Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

Mississippi Burning

Ghosts of Mississippi

Cadillac Records

Stepping at the Savoy

Not Without My Daughter

Green Berets

Thirteen Days

Missiles of October

A Bright and Shining Lie

Apocalypse Now



Boyz n the Hood



West Side Story

Three Kings

Ruby's Bucket of Blood

Color Purple

Harlem Nights

Cotton Comes to Harlem

Black Hawk Down

Iron Jawed Maidens

The Maldanado Miracle

Dances With Wolves

Nicholas and Alexandra

Geronimo (with Roger Young)

The Molly Macquires

The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez

Inherit the Wind


The Grapes of Wrath


Schindlerís List

American Hot Wax

American Graffiti

Hamburger Hill

Full Metal Jacket

All the Presidents Men


Stand and Deliver

Heartbreak Ridge

The Diary of Anne Frank

Air America

The Three Butterflies



We Were Soldiers

Starring Pancho Villa As Himself


Gideon's Trumpet

Born in East LA

Lone Star

Port Chicago Massacre

The Great Debaters

The Rosa Parks Story

Each student must have their textbook by week # 2 of the class in order to earn credit in the class. Students who consistently come late to class will be referenced to Dean's office for counseling as necessary. Students are subject to copyright laws and must be very careful about copying text and other copyright material. Attendance in classes is a necessity. Although occasionally events may mandate that a student miss class,

it is incumbent of each student to notify instructor before such absences occur.

You may contact instructor directly by phone (321-805-2507) or by email (RonaldGordonZiegler@yahoo.com) or by contacting the school and leaving a message at the Dean's office. Making up work can be problematic given the brevity of the term and therefore, any work not submitted in a timely fashion will not be accepted, except at instructor's discretion. Missed tests can be made up only by prior arrangement with instructor.

Due to their disruptive nature, use of cell phones is not permitted during classes. They should be set on vibrate or turned off during class. Leaving the room to take a call can be very disruptive and unacceptable. Students with laptops may not use them for anything unrelated to class during class.

There is no food or drink allowed in classrooms..

Academic Integrity:

Any form of deception in the completion of assigned work is considered a form of academic dishonesty. This includes, but is not limited to, copying another's work from any source and representing it as one's own (plagiarism), allowing another to copy from one's own work whether during a test or in the submittal of an assignment; any attempt to pass off work, data, ideas, or creative efforts of another as one's own. Attempting to give or obtain aid and/or information by illicit means whether successful or not (cheating) is considered a form of academic dishonesty. Violating the copyright laws on software or published material is considered a form of academic dishonesty.

The first offense will result in a failing grade for the assignment or exam. Subsequent offenses can result in suspension of dismissal from the class or the school.

The student has the right to appeal the above decisions in accordance with the Academic Appeals Procedures in the current catalog.