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

Fall 2005

AMS 356 • Main Currents of American Culture Since 1865

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
28095 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
UTC 4.134

Course Description

This course will survey American cultural history from the Civil War to the present, emphasizing the variety of economic, political, demographic, and social forces that have shaped American cultural production; the variety of media in which American culture is expressed (including literature, painting, photography, dance, architecture, film, advertising, childrearing practices and education, political speeches, architecture and the built environment, music, fashion, theater and performance, scientific thought, athletics, political demonstrations, trials, museums, fairs and exhibitions); and the impact of race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and religion on American cultural expression. Finally, we will consider the trajectory of American cultural history in terms of the relationship between the United States and the rest of the world, both in terms of how Americans have imported traditions from other countries and in terms of how American cultural imperialism has shaped the process of globalization.


Likely texts include: Horatio Alger, Ragged Dick Jane Addams, Twenty Years at Hull House Roland Marchand, Advertising the American Dream Chester Himes, If He Hollers, Let Him Go Ann Moody, Coming of Age in Mississippi Naomi Klein, No Logo


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