History of Illinois
I. Course Prefix/Number: HIS 240
Course Name: History of Illinois
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
B. Describe the achievements of Illinoisans in political, cultural, and social terms
C. Compare representative works of Illinois literature produced within this period
D. Explain the ethnic, social, cultural, and economic diversity of Illinois and episodes of political, cultural, economic, and ethnic conflict
E. Apply conflicting interpretations of Illinois history
F. Describe change over time in local areas, industry, and agriculture
G. Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources of Illinois’ past, including local artifacts, oral testimony, books, and museum exhibits
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
A. The Land, Native Americans, and the French
B. The Arrival of English-Speaking Settlers and the Development of New State.
a. Illinois’ brief membership in the British Empire
b. Laying the groundwork for peace and the U.S. statehood
c. Pioneer problems
d. Racial and Ethnic Conflict
C. Antebellum Illinois
a. Conformity and Assimilation
b. Establishing institutions
c. Economic integration
d. Rails and farm implements bring an agricultural revolution
D. Illinois during the Civil War and Reconstruction
a. The Lincoln era
b. Illinois after the Civil War
c. Chicago and urbanization
E. An Urban State with Urban Problems
a. Chicago: one image of Illinois
b. Urban settings for historical dramas
c. Local politics in the “Gilded Age”
F. Twentieth-century Illinois
a. Illinois from the Progressive era to World War II
b. The post-war period and suburbanization
c. Late twentieth-century Illinois
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
A. Read a standard textbook, as well as research materials
B. Write outside of a class the equivalent of 12-14 double-spaced typed pages, in the form of a term paper, summaries of Journal articles, short research papers, and/or other kinds of writing.
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Students will also be evaluated on a combination of written assignments and in-and out-of-class assignments.
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.