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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2006

HIS 365G • Rise of Modern America-Hon-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40775 -TBA
-TBA--TBA

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Course Description

This course will cover the hundred or so years between the end of Reconstruction and the end of the war in Vietnam. In lectures and discussions I propose to investigate some of the key components of modern America-- industrialization, urbanization, immigration, nuclear energy, global reach. These are large themes. And when one considers such leit-motifs as peace and war, race relations, and the interacting cycles of liberal reform and conservative consolidation, we might lose track of the importance of people in history. To minimize that possiblility we will read classic works of American autobiography and autobiographical fiction. Such readings should provide a microcosmic view to events and allow us to explore the human consequence of the American century. Whenever possible the books will be contemporary with the events being examined. jIn all cases they will carry with them, either implicitly or explicitly, prescriptions for modern America as it rises to the status of a great world power. ADDITIONAL HOUR TO BE ARRANGED. OFFERED ON A LETTER-GRADE BASIS ONLY.

Grading Policy

GRADING: 3 essays (20 pages) = 100% CONTAINS A SUBSTANTIAL WRITING COMPONENT AND FULFILLS PART OF THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT IN WRITING. OFFERED ON A LETTER-GRADE BASIS ONLY.

Texts

Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court; Frank Norris, McTeague; Anzia Yeqierska, Bread Givers; Jon Dos Passos, 1919: Vol.2 of the USA Trilogy; Claude McKay, Home to Harlem; John Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath; John Hersey, A Ball for Adano; Anne Moody, Coming of Age in Mississippi; Wharton, Age of Innocence; Caputo, A Rumor of War.

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