Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Description
Rabe, Steve
Discipline and Number
HIST 3382 Section: 001
MW Time: 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title:
The United States Since 1945


This course will analyze the political, economic, social, and cultural development of the United States since the end of World War II. Topics of special interest will include: the growth of the federal government; the expansion of the social welfare state; the rise of the imperial presidency; the impact of the Cold War, Vietnam, the nuclear arms race, and the war against terrorism; the spread of the consumer culture; the expansion of the suburbs and the decline of cities; the evolution of American families; changes in the American workplace; the struggles of the civil rights movement; the rise of the youth movement; the changing roles of American females; and the impact of new technologies and globalization.

The format of the class will be lectures with frequent discussions. We will also be viewing documentary films.


Michael Schaller, Present Tense: The United States since 1945. 3rd ed.
Elaine May, Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era.
Frank Lambert, The Battle of Ole' Miss.
Philip Caputo, A Rumor of War.
Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.
David Finkel, The Good Soldiers


Written work will consist of a mid-term examination, three short (750- to 1,000-word) critical essays, and a final examination.

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