HIS 356N • AMER CUL/SOCL LIFE SINCE 1945
Description: This course examines American cultural and social life since 1945. A number of themes loom large during this era - the lasting significance of race and ethnicity; the Cold War and its military, economic, and cultural implications; the great prosperity of the United States as compared to other nations; the demographic changes, including the move to the suburbs, the rise of the Sunbelt, and the great effects of mass immigration; the feminist movement and the changes in gender and sexual relations; changes in science and technology, including health advances/costs, and new electronic devices such as televisions and the computer; the height of liberalism, its decline, and the subsequent rise of conservatism; and globalization.
Assignments: A. Midterm Exam - February 24 (25%) B. Short Research Paper Due April 23 (35%) C. Final Examination (40%)
Texts/Readings: - Allan M. Brandt, The Cigarette Century - Thomas R. Frazier, The Many Sides of America: 1945 to Present - Robert J. McMahon, The Cold War: A Very Short Introduction - The New York Times, Class Matters - Jennifer Scanlon, Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown