The United States During the 20th Century|
Fall 2009 not offered
In this course we will explore many dimensions of U.S. history during the 20th century, including immigration; urbanization; economic expansion; depression; inflation; feminism; civil rights; labor relations; race relations; suburbanization; education; culture; music; sports; changing conceptions of the Constitution, the judiciary, and the presidency; foreign policies; warfare; and, above all, politics.
The unifying theme will be the emergence of modern liberalism--the idea that government should bring equality to Americans and oppressed peoples around the world. New in the early 20th century, this idea became nearly unanimously accepted in the U.S. by the third quarter of the 20th century, only to be so discredited by the 1980s and 1990s that even philosophically liberal politicians shunned the "L" word. How and why did modern liberalism emerge, triumph, and then collapse? We also will inquire about the repercussions during recent times.
Readings and assignments will emphasize political participation, the creation and articulation of a political vision, and how ideas about citizenship develop and change over time.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(CIVI-MN)(EDST-MN)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(SISP-Hist Conc)
Jane Addams, TWENTY YEARS AT HULL HOUSE
Edward Larson, SUMMER FOR THE GODS
Alan Brinkley, VOICES OF PROTEST
Lisa McGirr, SUBURBAN WARRIORS
Phyllis Schlafly, A CHOICE, NOT AN ECHO
George Jackson, SOLEDAD BROTHER
Peggy Noonan, WHAT I SAW AT THE REVOLUTION
Lisa Duggan, THE TWILIGHT OF EQUALITY
|Examination and Assignments: |
A midterm exam, a final exam, and two 3-5 pp. papers
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Class attendance and participation.
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