History of the United States from 1877
CRN: 30836
16 Weeks - Distance Education course 

On Campus Requirements

Women workers at at Douglas Aircraft in 1942. Public domain image from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

Name  Bruce Solheim, Ph.D.
Email  bsolheim@citruscollege.edu
Phone  (626) 852-8096
Location  CI 123

Course Description
A survey of political, economic, diplomatic and social development of the United States from 1876 to the present. This course meets the State requirement for American history and is designed for college transfer students.

We will study American history from the period of Reconstruction through our present times, 1877-present. History is the study of forces of change and forces of stability in the world, over time. With that simple definition as a starting point, we will look at how major forces have shaped our world. These forces take the form of some major longitudinal themes that we will trace in our course.

LIBERTY: The growth of the ideal of democracy and the pursuit of freedom.
EQUALITY: The diversity of the American people and their struggle for fairness.
POWER: The exceptional nature of American strengths and resources, and the responsibilities that come with these.


  1. To develop a better understanding of important developments, events and individuals in American history since 1877.
  2. To develop a better understanding of the nature of the relationship between people and the historical process.
  3. To acquire a better understanding of the techniques and tools of the historian.
  4. To continue to develop and improve study and research skills which includes reading comprehension, critical thinking and effective verbal and written communication.
  5. To utilize and understand how current technology works as a study and research tool.

Required Books, Readings

  • Of the People: A History of the United States by Oakes, et al. Concise Edition, Volume II
  • Mini-lectures available at course website

Email Accounts 
You will need to use your official Citrus College issued email account. Your email is established when you are registered for classes. You must have access to your email account prior to starting the class.

Details regarding the course are set forth in the class website. When you go there (see below), pay particular attention to the syllabus section and the assignment section.  

Blackboard and WingSpan Information
(Notice:  All Blackboard courses will be available on the first day of classes)
Blackboard --> http://citruscollege.blackboard.com 
WingSpan --> https://wingspan.citruscollege.edu  

  • Your WingSpan ID becomes your Blackboard Username
  • Your WingSpan PIN (Personal Identification Number) becomes your Blackboard password
  • To change your PIN/password requires, change it in WingSpan
  • Data will be transferred from WingSpan to Blackboard on a regular basis

Once you get to the Blackboard welcome page, click on the History of the United States from 1877 course link on the right, and you will go to the course site. Familiarize yourself with the course site and if you have any questions please email your instructor with your concerns. Get your textbook and get started with your initial assignments. A major key to your success in this course will be keeping up with both the reading and the other assignments.   


If you have a disability documented by a physician or other appropriate professional and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact the DSP&S office at (626) 914-8675. Please discuss your accommodations with your instructor by email. Be sure to allow at least one week for appropriate accommodations to be arranged.