The United States from World War II through to Vietnam

History N124B

Summer 2016
Second 6 Week Session
182 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
MTuWTh 12-2 P
  • This course satisfies the American Cultures Requirement.
  • Just before World War II, the US military ranked 17th in the world, most African Americans lived in the rural south and were barred from voting, most married women did not work for wages, and the census classified the majority of Americans as below middle-class. By the 1970s, all this had changed. After the war, many Americans embraced the idea that the United States should replace Britain as the leader of a new global economic system, spreading what the publishing mogul Henry Luce famously called “American principles.” New forms of culture and contestation, however, complicated the idea of a steady climb to moral authority and magnanimous global power and the coming decades witnessed major challenges to this narrative, including the rise of the Black Civil Rights movement and second wave feminism, among other social, intellectual, and cultural movements. This course will explore major political and economic changes as well as the lived experiences of the increasingly diverse US population after World War II as people sought to make sense of the “American Century.” 


    Course Books

    The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs Vintagve. ISBN: 978-0679741954 Required
    Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody Dell. ISBN: 978-044031488 Required