This course will examine the “second half” of American History, stretching from mid-19th century to present day. In the first semester, students will look at how the U.S. rebuilt after the Civil War and rose to economic prominence. In order to understand this trajectory, the course studies the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Industrial Revolution and the Closing of the West, including the Farmers’ protest movement. During the second semester, they will examine how the U.S. dealt with the calamities of the first half of the 20th century, as well as the challenges of global leadership in the second half. Subjects under investigation will include America’s entry on to the world stage at the turn of the century, the Progressive Era and the movement for reform, the Roaring 20s, Great Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights movement, and the cultural, economic, and political changes in American society during the Post-War Era.