Spring 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Rabe, Steve
Discipline and Number
HIST 6327 Section 501
M Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
U.S. Since 1945

Description of Course:

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 wars 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; demographic developments, including immigration; and the impact of new technologies and globalization.

Required Texts:

Robert Griffith and Paula Baker, eds., Major Problems in American History since 1945. 3rd ed.
Lillian Hellman, Scoundrel Time.
Glen Altschuler, All Shook Up: How Rock 'n Roll Changed America
Anthony Lewis, Gideon's Trumpet
Elaine Tyler May, America and the Pill
Gail Collins, When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women
Frank Lambert, The Battle of Ole' Miss.
Larry Heniemann, Paco's Story
Michael Schaller, Right Turn: American Life in the Reagan-Bush Era.
Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.
David Finkel, The Good Soldiers.
Jonathan Frantzen, Freedom

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Faithful attendance at seminar sessions; vigorous and informed participation in seminar discussions; submission of a series (8-12) of short (1,000-1,250 word) papers based on assigned readings.

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