The emergence of modern America: the United States from 1865 to 1900
Time: 19:30 - 21:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HAH10
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course will analyse the late 19th Century United States. A lot of the course will focus on studying the fallout of the Civil War. As such, we will look at the the Reconstruction-era debates and conflicts, the lives of freed slaves, and the development of Jim Crow Segregation. We will also, however, look at how the United States emerged as a global power, both economically and militarily, during these decades. Furthermore, we will study the political and social revolts of the era.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Jim Crow laws
- The Gilded Age
- The Progressive Movement
- The Populist Movement
- The Spanish-American War.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Have a better understanding of how freed slaves found themselves living in a segregated society.
- Understand how and why reform movements sought to change the American political and economic systems.
- Have a better understanding of how the United States developed a global empire, complete with overseas colonies.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory-level course. No prior knowledge is necessary, only curiosity.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- The tutor will use a combination of lecture, discussion, and group activities to teach the course.
- You do not need to do work outside of class, but reading materials will be available if you wish to learn more.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Be prepared to take notes. A pen and paper or laptop/tablet is suggested.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course is part of a course series on US history. The follow-on course will be From isolationism to global superpower: the US from 1900 to 1945, running in autumn. Please keep an eye on the website for updated details.
Dafydd Townley is a lecturer in American History at the University of Reading where he teaches courses to undergraduates and graduates on the FBI, protest groups in 1960s America, and race and ethnicity in the United States, as well as broad survey modules on US history. His research interests include American national security policy, the US intelligence community, cybersecurity policy, US grand strategy and US domestic counterintelligence operations. His research has been supported by University of Oxford’s Rothermere American Institute, Columbia University, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, the Institute for Historical Research and the Royal Historical Society. His work has been published in History, the Journal of Intelligence History and his monograph, The Year of Intelligence in the United States: Public Opinion, National Security and the 1975 Church Committee will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in June, 2021. His current research focuses on the long-term development of US cybersecurity policy.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.