The United States Since 1901|
Spring 2022 not offered
This course will explore the history of the United States from 1901 until recent times. The central focus will be on politics and society, although economics, foreign relations, war, intellectual trends, ethnic and racial relations, and other topics will also be discussed. The unifying theme will be the emergence of modern liberalism during the Progressive Era and its dominance in American politics and thought by the mid-20th century. Although intellectuals hostile to the New Deal and liberalism emerged in the 1930s and 1940s, as time passed, conservative ideas and organizations acquired increasing influence, ultimately conquering the Republican Party and changing the Democratic Party as well. Thus, political divisions that emerged in the 1890s continue to this day.
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||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, 1890-1920 (2003)
Kathleen M. Blee, WOMEN OF THE KLAN: RACE AND GENDER IN THE 1920S (2008)
Alonzo Hamby, FDR AND THE MAKING OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY (2015)
Melvyn P. Leffler, THE SPECTER OF COMMUNISM: THE UNITED STATES AND THE ORIGINS OF THE COLD WAR, 1917-1953 (1994) Maurice Isserman & Michael Kazin, AMERICA DIVIDED: THE CIVIL WAR OF THE 1960S, 5th ed. (2015)
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There will be an in-class exam in February, a take-home essay due shortly before spring break, and a final exam on the date scheduled by the Registrar or an essay due on last week of the semester (student choice). There may also be one or several quizzes during the semester. These will not be announced ahead of time.
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