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History: 012 - Lange

History 012 - Political & Social History of the United States II

This course surveys the political, social, and economic history of the United States from 1876 to the present.

Research Topic

Secondary Source Review



Navigate to the Find Articles tab and view the Databases by Subject page.

Recommended Subject Databases Collections:


  • History:
    • America: History & Life with Full Text: history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present.

    • U.S. History In Context: significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. 

    • Salem History: useful mainly for background information and primary sources. This source does not contain peer-reviewed journal articles, but it does contain primary sources!

Assignment Requirements

Type: Essay

Length: 2 Pages

Citation Format: CMS

Required Sources: 1 Scholarly (peer-reviewed article or scholarly press book)

Example Sources:

Articles Academic/Scholarly
Books Print, eBook, Reference; preferably from university presses (publishers)

Topic Examples: 

Race Relations: Wounded Knee, Alcatraz take-over, Civil Rights Movement events, Zoot Suit Riots, Japanese internment, Operation Wetback

Social Movements: feminism, environmentalism, civil rights, gay rights (LGBTQI), anti-war, student, labor, Freedom
Summer, Walk on Washington, SNCC

Immigration: Chinese Exclusion Act, nativism, Bracero Program, NAFTA, quotas

Imperial Expansion: completion of Trans-Pacific railroad, annexation of Hawaii or Puerto Rico, war in Cuba or Philippines, Indian Removal, oil boom

Politics: New Deal programs, Cold War, 14 Points, Progressive reforms, The Populist Party, Containment, 1917 Espionage Act, House Un-American Activities Committee, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Cuban Missile Crisis

Culture: prohibition, jazz, muckraking, affluence, poverty, Silent Majority, Jim Crow, Moral Majority, abortion, deindustrialization