Twentieth-Century U.S. Urban Culture

History 103D.002

Spring 2007
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Instructor (text): 
Agee
Location: 
3104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Th 10-12
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Units
Note Room Change! THIS SECTION IS FULL

This seminar will explore how Americans defined and experienced urban living during the twentieth century. For many twentieth-century Americans, cities represented fragmented and disorderly places. Our course will explore how urban residents sought to apply a sense of order to urban culture. Towards this end, we will examine daily cultural practices such as consumption and larger public policy movements including urban redevelopment. Our course will give particular focus to the ways in which urban residents expanded and constricted the boundaries of racial-, gender-, and class-associated behaviors. These discussions will reveal how conflicts over cultural order reflected and affected battles over political power. The course will utilize both secondary works, such as Christine Stansell's American Moderns and Eric Avila's Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight, and primary sources, including King Vidor's The Crowd and D.J. Waldie's Holy Land.