From the New Deal to the New Gilded Age

History 280D

Fall 2013
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Tu 2-4P

This graduate reading seminar will examine cutting edge United States historiography on political economy (and, in many instances, its intersections with race and gender). Taken together, this scholarship traces an arc of United States history that runs from New Deal liberalism, racial and gender liberalism, and the “great compression” of income distribution in the middle third of the twentieth century to New Right conservatism, New Gilded Age "neoliberalism," and the “great divergence” of income distribution in the last third of the twentieth century. How have historians interpreted this period of American history (and the chapters within it), including the initial convergence (and relative success) of the pursuits of greater racial and economic equality and their subsequent divergence with economic inequality reverting to Gilded Age proportions? These are some of the questions this course will seek to answer.

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Course Books

The 1970s: A New Global History from Civil Rights to Economic Inequality by Thomas Borstelmann Princeton University Press. ISBN: 978-0691157917 Required
Warfare State: World War II Americans and the Age of Big Government by James T. Sparrow Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199930357 Required
The American People in the Great Depression by David M. Kennedy Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0195168921 Required
Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike That Changed America by McCartin, Joseph Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199325207 Required
The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business by Lichtenstein, Nelson Picador. ISBN: 978-0312429683 Required
To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise by Moreton, Bethany Harvard University Press. ISBN: 978-0674057401 Required
Trucking Country: The Road to America’s Wal-Mart Economy by Hamilton, Shane Princeton University Press. ISBN: 978-0691135823 Required
Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class by Cowie, Jefferson New Press. ISBN: 978-1595587077 Required
San Antonio v. Rodriguez and the Pursuit of Equal Education: The Debate Over Discrimination and School Funding by Sracic, Paul A. University of Kansas Press. ISBN: 978-0700614844 Required
The Permanent Tax Revolt: How the Property Tax Transformed American Politics by Martin, Issac William Stanford University Press. ISBN: 978-0804758710 Required
Invisible Hands: The Making of the Conservative Movement from the New Deal to Reagan by Phillips-Fein, Kim W.W. Norton & Company. ISBN: 978-0393337662 Required
Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right by McGirr, Lisa Princeton University Press. ISBN: 978-0691096117 Required
Freedom Is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace by MacLean, Nancy Harvard University Press . ISBN: 978-0674027497 Required
In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th-Century America by Kessler-Harris, Alice Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0195158021 Required
The Origins of the Urban Crisis by Sugrue, Thomas J. Princeton University Press. ISBN: 978-0691121864 Required