Fall 2016 - Undergraduate Course Description
Ring, Natalie
Discipline and Number
HIST 4346 Section 001
MW Time 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Course Title
American Culture

Description of Course:

This course covers the historical period often referred to as the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (1877-1919). We will look at how Americans came to terms with the massive social, economic, and political dislocations created by the rise of “modern” America. Prominent themes include the evolution of a new consumer culture, the development of new technologies and industrialization, the influx of immigrants and patterns of “Americanization,” middle-class social reform, the emergence of the U.S. as an imperial power, the rise of the Jim Crow South, and the political mobilization of aggrieved workers and farmers.

Required Texts:

1. William A. Link, Susannah Link, eds., The Gilded Age and Progressive Era: A Documentary Reader ISBN# 978-1444331394

2. James Weldon Johnson, Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (Dover Thrift Edition), ISBN# 978-0486285122

3. Anzia Yerzierska, (Alice Kessler Harris ed.) Bread Givers: A Novel, ISBN# 978-0892552900

4. John F. Kasson, Tarzan, Houdini, and the Perfect Man: The White Male Body and the Challenge of Modernity in America ISBN# 978-0809055470

5. Riordan, William, Plunkitt of Tammany Hall: A Series of Very Plain Talks on Very Practical Politics (Signet Classics) ISBN # 978-0451474131

6. Michael McGerr, A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America, 1870-1920 ISBN# 978-0195183658

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

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