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

Spring 2007

HIS 392 • 20th-Century United States History

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40045 T
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
BUR 554
OSHINSKY

Course Description

This graduate seminar focuses on a sampling of books about Modern American society (post-1932 with a few exceptions) which highlight key themes and events of political, economic, and cultural significance. The course will emphasize subjects of scholarly importance, including historiography and methodology, as well as subjects of more general interest, such as the importance of good, crisp writing and the need to broaden the craft of history to make it accessible to the larger reading public.

Texts

A partial list of readings: John M. Barry, RISING TIDE: THE GREAT MISSISSIPPI FLOOD OF 1927 AND HOW IT CHANGED AMERICA Lizabeth Cohn, A CONSUMERS' REPUBLIC: THE POLITICS OF MASS CONSUMPTION IN POSTWAR AMERICA John Dower, WAR WITHOUT MERCY: RACE AND POWER IN THE PACIFIC WAR T. B. Edsall, CHAIN REACTION: THE IMPACT OF RACE, RIGHTS AND TAXES ON AMERICAN POLITICS Todd Gitlen, THE TWIGHLIGHT OF COMMON DREAMS: WHY AMERICA IS WRACKED BY CULTURE WARS James Goodman, STORIES OF SCOTTSBORO Lewis Gould, THE MODERN AMERICAN PRESIDENCY David Gutierrez, WALLS AND MIRRORS: MEXICAN AMERICANS, MEXICAN IMMIGRANTS AND THE POLITICS OF ETHNICITY Tony Horwitz, CONFEDERATES IN THE ATTIC: DISPATCHES FROM THE UNFINISHED CIVIL WAR Alice Kessler-Harris, IN PURSUIT OF EQUITY: WOMEN, MEN, AND THE QUEST FOR ECONOMIC CITIZENSHIP IN 20TH CENTURY AMERICA Maurice Isserman AMERICA DIVIDED: THE CIVIL WAR OF THE 1960S Michael Kazin Nicholas Lemann, THE PROMISED LAND: THE GREAT BLACK MIGRATION AND HOW IT CHANGED AMERICA Fred Logevall, CHOOSING WAR: THE LAST CHANCE FOR PEACE AND THE ESCALATION OF THE WAR IN VIETNAM Elaine May, HOMEWARD BOUND: AMERICAN FAMILIES IN THE COLD WAR ERA David Oshinsky, `WORSE THAN SLAVERY: PARCHMAN FARM AND THE ORDEAL OF JIM CROW JUSTICE Richard Pells, NOT LIKE US: HOW THE EUROPEANS HAVE LOVED, HATED, AND TRANSFORMED AMERICAN CULTURE SINCE WORLD WAR 11 Lucas Powe, THE WARREN COURT AND AMERICAN POLITICS Sam Tanenhaus, WHITTAKER CHAMBERS William Tuttle, DADDYS GONE TO WAR: THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN THE LIVES OF AMERICAS CHILDREN

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