Spring 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions
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.
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.