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

Spring 2008

HIS 350L • The U.S. Homefront In World War II-W

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Course Description

The main theme of this course is how rhetoric of democracy and the realities of mass mobilization simultaneously reinforced and undermined each other during World War II on the American homefront. We'll explore, among other topics: the debate over when and how the United States should enter the war; the tensions inherent in mobilizing a legally segregated and ethnically divided society to fight for democracy; the struggle to revive a dormant industrial economy; selling an "American" way of war through government propaganda and through mainstream film and music; the impact of mobilization on sexuality and gender roles; the fighting mans experience; the use of the atomic bomb; and the legacies - cultural, political, and diplomatic  of the American experience during World War II.

Grading Policy

We will be reading approximately 200 - 250 pages a week. Class participation and attendance are 20% of the final grade. Everyone will write: two short (5-7pp.) essays each worth 20% of the final grade and a final research essay (15-20pp.) worth 30% of the final grade; and give one oral presentation on their final essay worth 10% of the final grade.


War Without Mercy by Dower The Censored War by Roeder Prompt and Utter Destruction by Walker


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