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

Fall 2007

AMS 358 • The United States, 1920-1941

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30445 TTh
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
PHR 2.108

Course Description

Upper-division standing required. Partially fulfills legislative requirement in American History.

This course will concentrate on American culture and social life between the wars. We will emphasize the following issues: the nature of prosperity in the 1920's; the problems of the middle class; the phenomenon of expatriation among artists and intellectuals; the onset of the depression and the response of the New Deal; radical movements and ideologies in the 1930s; the impact of the economic collapse on various social groups; the differences between the fiction of the 1920s and the 1930s; the coming of World War II.

Grading Policy

Mid-term exam (50%), Final exam (50%)


Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises Mary McCarthy, The Company She Keeps John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath Malcolm Cowley, Exile's Return Richard Wright, Native Son


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