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Steven Hoelscher, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Spring 2007

AMS 356 • Main Currents of American Culture since 1865

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29405 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
BUR 212
Smith

Course Description

White Protestant males and their ideas dominated America up until the time of the Civil War. For better or worse, this progressively becomes less true after this time. Americans faced with what the philosopher William James called "a booming buzzing confusion" developed many new ways of coping with massive change. In addition to such conventional historical topics as politics and economics, we will examine the fine arts, architecture, technology, science, social reform, literature, photography, documentary film, and literature. We will also note the roles and lives of immigrants, minority groups, and women in the conversation.

Texts

Horatio Alger, Ragged Dick John Kasson, Amusing the Millions Willa Cather, My Antonia Edward Larson, Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate over Science and Religion Donald Worster, The Dust Bowl William Doyle, An American Insurrection: The Battle of Oxford, Mississippi Mike Davis, Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster

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