HIS 355P • United States since 1941
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
This course will describe and analyze the major events, issues, and trends in U.S. History from World War II to the present with a special focus on the Cold War, which provides a backdrop to much of that period. In a general sense we will explore the difficult balancing act between preserving national security interests while also promoting democratic principles at home and abroad. More specifically, we will look at the wartime alliance, the origins of the Cold War and its impact on the domestic scene, the suburban ideal and efforts of subversion, American involvement in Vietnam, the debates between liberals and conservatives over federal power, and recent challenges in the post-Cold War world. We will also pay close attention to the role forms of popular culture - such as television and music - play in reflecting and shaping American values. This course will provide students with a basic understanding of historical methods. Upper-division standing is required. This course partially fulfills the legislative requirement for American history.
Tentative readings include: James W. Davidson, et al., NATION OF NATIONS, Concise, Vol. II. Supplemental Reading Packet of primary source documents Melvyn Leffler, THE SPECTER OF COMMUNISM Elaine Tyler May, HOMEWARD BOUND Alex Haley, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X William Lederer and Eugene Burdick, THE UGLY AMERICAN Peter Carroll, IT SEEMED LIKE NOTHING HAPPENED Walter LaFeber, MICHAEL JORDAN AND THE NEW GLOBAL CAPITALISM