20th-Century United States History|
Spring 2015 not offered
|Certificates: Civic Engagement, The Study of Education|
This course explores the history of the United States from the late 19th century through recent years. We will cover many areas of modern American history, including the economy, social relations, art and popular culture, politics and policy, and wars both hot and cold. We will focus our attention on four broad periods of change: the Progressive Era, the Depression and New Deal Era, the social transformations of the post-WWII years, including the tumultuous 1960s, and the resurgence of conservatism since the 1970s. Reading a mix of primary and secondary sources, we will trace such threads as the fate of liberalism, the changing dynamics of race, class, and gender, and the role of government in Americans' lives. We will also pay special attention to the growth of environmental politics and policy, and the place of science and technology in the economy, governance, and everyday life.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(CIVI-MN)(EDST)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(SISP-Hist Conc)
Michael McGerr, A FIERCE DISCONTENT: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT IN AMERICA, 1870-1920 (2003).
Ronald Steel, WALTER LIPPMANN AND THE AMERICAN CENTURY (1980).
Alan Brinkley, THE END OF REFORM: NEW DEAL LIBERALISM IN RECESSION AND WAR (1995).
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., THE VITAL CENTER: THE POLITICS OF FREEDOM (1949)
Bruce J. Shulman, LYNDON B. JOHNSON AND AMERICAN LIBERALISM (1994).
Sean Wilentz, THE AGE OF REAGAN: A HISTORY, 1974-2008 (2008)
Plus many primary documents and chapters of other books.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three essays, each on which involves interpetating a primary document
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Regular class attendance and participation are assumed
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