Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will provide an overview of the astounding century and a half of political, economic, social, technological, and cultural changes that transformed the American nation between 1865 and the present. The U.S. developed from a patchwork of agricultural communities at the end of the Civil War into an urbanized, industrial giant and world superpower by the mid-twentieth century. How and why did that happen?
Using the textbook and other secondary sources as well as primary sources such as documents, art, music, and audio and video clips, we will explore, analyze, discuss and write about these transformations. Our journey will begin with the national efforts to repair the great fractures of the Civil War and continue through the expansion and excesses of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, World War I, the Twenties, the Great Depression and New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, civil rights, the women’s movement, the Vietnam War, the conservative ascendancy, the Gulf Wars and terrorism, up to the contemporary era.
Goldfield, Abott, Anderson, Argersinger, Argersinger, Barney. The American Journey: A History of the United States. Volume 2. Second Edition. Concise Edition.
Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America. New York: Vintage Books, 2003.
Hersey, John. Hiroshima. New York: Vintage Books, 1989.
Hart, Elva Treviño. Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child. Arizona State University: Bilingual Review Press, 1999.
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