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

Fall 2004

HIS 315L • United States Since 1865

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38030 to 38075 Multiple Sections WEL 2.224
BSUMEK

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the complexities of life in the United States from the period directly following the Civil War to the present day. One could argue that American history is the history of inclusion and exclusion. Who has the right to vote in America? Who is afforded the rights and privileges of citizenship? What does it mean to be an American during times of social, political, economic, or cultural unrest? Such questions will be answered by examining different periods in the modern American past. Key topics include Reconstruction, the West, urbanization and immigration, reform movements, consumer culture, the Great Depression, World War II, post-war affluence, the Cold War, the turbulence of the sixties, and contemporary affairs. Certain themes will reoccur as we study these events. Of special interest will be the strategic shifts in American politics, the changing social divisions and relations between the races, classes, and the sexes, the development cultural expression in modern America.

Texts

THE ESSENTIAL AMERICA FOR THE RECORD Course Reader Anne Moody, COMING OF AGE IN MISSISSIPPI Ida B. Wells, SOUTHERN HORRORS AND OTHER WRITINGS Edward Bellamy, LOOKING BACKWARDS, 2000-1887

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