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Henry W. Brands

Professor Ph.D., 1985, University of Texas at Austin

T C 357 • 1960s: At Home And Abroad

43805 • Spring 2014
Meets M 1200pm-300pm CRD 007A
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The Sixties at Home and Abroad

The 1960s were an eventful decade for America. The civil rights revolution, the Great Society, the counterculture, feminism, and the realignment of political parties 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 American foreign affairs. Students in this course will study the decade in general and one topic in detail. While reading and discussing a common set of books, they will choose research topics that can be investigated at one or more of the archives on campus. Each student will produce an original paper of publishable quality. 

 

Texts:

Malcolm X. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. ISBN: 9780345350688

Philip Caputo. A Rumor of War. 9780805046953

Norman Mailer. Armies of the Night. 9780452272798

Tom Wolfe. Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers. 9780553380620.

Hunter S. Thompson. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. 9780679785897

 

Assignments:

Two book reviews (500 words each)

Research paper (5000 words)

 

Grading: Participation in discussions (25%); book reviews (25%); paper (50%)

T C 357 • The Sixties At Home And Abroad

42930 • Fall 2011
Meets W 1200pm-300pm CRD 007A
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Description

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.

Readings

Terry Anderson, The Sixties George Herring, America’s Longest War Paul Conkin, Big Daddy from the Pedernales

Requirements

Reviews of two of the three books:Proposal, outline, introduction, half draft, full draft, final version of a major research paper

About the Professor

H. W. Brands writes about and teaches American history, broadly conceived. His books and articles cover topics from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first, and include works of narrative history, interpretive history, and biography. He examines politics and foreign policy, business and economics, society and culture. He is currently writing a general history of the United States during the Gilded Age. His classes include introductory surveys, upper-division lecture courses, and undergraduate and graduate seminars. His graduate students have written dissertations and theses on diverse aspects of American politics and foreign policy. His former students have taken jobs at research universities, at liberal arts and community colleges, in government and non-profit agencies, and in private business.

T C 357 • 1960s At Home And Abroad

43835 • Fall 2009
Meets W 1200-300pm CRD 007B
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TC357 - 43835
The Sixties at Home and Abroad
Fall 2009; W 12 - 3; CRD 007B
H. W. Brands
(hwbrands@mail.utexas.edu; GAR 3.306;
M 1 -3 and by appt)
 
The 1960s weren’t quite 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 Briscoe 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 course will become
their own historians. While 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 about
5000 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.
 
 
Texts:
Malcolm X. The Autobiography of Malcolm
X. ISBN: 9780345350688
Philip Caputo. A Rumor of War.
9780805046953
Norman Mailer. Armies of the Night.
9780452272798
Tom Wolfe. Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing
the Flak Catchers. 9780553380620.
Hunter S. Thompson. Fear and Loathing in
Las Vegas. 9780679785897
 
Assignments:
Two book reviews (500 words each).
Proposal, bibliography, outline,
introduction, half draft, full draft, final
version of major research paper
 
Grading:
Participation in seminar: 25 percent
Book reviews: 25 percent
Paper: 50 percent
 
Academic accommodations: The
University of Texas at Austin provides
upon request appropriate academic
accommodations for qualified students
with disabilities. For more information
contact the Office of the Dean of
Students at 471-6259, 471-6441 TTY.
 
Schedule:
Aug 26. Introduction
Sep 2. Malcolm X. First thoughts re papers 
Sep 9. Review of Malcolm X 
Sep 16. Caputo. Paper proposal
Sep 23. Bibliography
Sep 30. Mailer
Oct 7. Outline
Oct 14. Wolfe. Review of Wolfe
Oct 21. Introduction
Oct 28. Thompson
Nov 4. Half draft
Nov 11. Conclusion
Nov 18. Full draft
Nov 25. (no class)
Dec 2. Final papers

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