From the New Deal to the New Gilded Age

History 280D

Fall 2015
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W 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.

Course Books

Pivotal Decade: How the United States Traded Factories for Finance in the Seventies by Stein, Judith Yale University Press. ISBN: 978-0300171501 Required
The 1970s: A New Global History: From Civil Rights to Economic Inequality by Borstelmann, Thomas Princeton University Press. ISBN: 978-0691157917 Required
The Permanent Tax Revolt: How the Property Tax Transformed American Politics by Martin, Isaac Stanford University Press. ISBN: 978-0804758710 Required
Don’t Blame Us: Suburban Liberals and the Transformation of the Democratic Party by Geismer, Lily Princeton University Press. ISBN: 978-0691157238 Required
American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland by Self, Robert Princeton University Press. ISBN: 978-0691124865 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: 978-0691160924 Required
Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics by Stedman Jones, Daniel Princeton University Press. ISBN: 978-0691161013 Required
Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class by Cowie, Jefferson New Press. ISBN: 978-1595587077 Required
Forging Rivals: Race, Class, Law, and the Collapse of Postwar Liberalism by Schiller, Reuel Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-1107628335 Required
Freedom is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace by MacLean, Nancy Russell Sage. ISBN: 978-0674027497 Required
The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit by Sugrue, Thomas Princeton University Press. ISBN: 978-0691162553 Required
A Consumer’s Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America by Cohen, Lizabeth Vintage. ISBN: 978-0375707377 Required
Warfare State: World War II and the Age of Big Government by Sparrow, James Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199930357 Required
Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time by Katznelson Liveright. ISBN: 978-0871407382 Required