T C 357 • The Sixties at Home and Abroad
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
The 1960s weren't as big a deal at the time as they have often seemed afterward. But they were eventful nonetheless. The civil rights revolution, the Great Society, the counterculture, and the emergence of new media transformed American life at home. The Cold War, the Vietnam War, the Six Day War in the Middle East, the Cultural Revolution in China, and student revolts in dozens of countries reshaped the landscape of international affairs.
Luckily for students at the University of Texas, there are few better places to study the 1960s than Austin. The LBJ Library, the Center for American History, and the Harry Ransom Center house documents and other materials that shed primary light on the decade and allow scholars to engage its issues as directly as historians ever can.
Students in this class will become their own historians. After reading and discussing a common set of books, the students will choose research topics that can be investigated at one or more of the archives on campus. Each student's research will culminate in an original paper of between 6,000 and 8,000 words, and of potentially publishable quality.
Besides attuning students to the issues and events of the 1960s, the course will allow students to decide whether they like doing original historical research. For some students, the research project will lead naturally into a senior thesis; for some of these and perhaps for some others, it will inspire them to do graduate work in history. For all the students, the course will enable them to discover - through their own experience - how the past is recreated by and for the present.
Terry Anderson, The Sixties
George Herring, America's Longest War
Paul Conkin, Big Daddy from the Pedernales