This course will provide an overview of United States history from the Civil War to the present. We will cover many topics, but three main themes will stand out. First, we will consider conflicts and changes related to individual and group identities, such as race, ethnicity, and gender. Second, we will consider economic and technological transformations, such as the rise of Big Business, the rise and fall of organized labor, and the development of personal computers. Third, we will consider the changing uses of state power, both domestically and around the world. While covering these themes, we will consider famous individuals who exercised tremendous influence, yet we will not forget about the millions of Americans whose names do not appear in the pages of history books but whose lives as parents, workers, immigrants, and college students still shaped life in the United States.