In the sixty-five years between the end of Reconstruction and the beginning of World War II, the United States became an industrialized, urban society with national markets and communication media. This class will explore in depth some of the most important changes and how they were connected. We will also examine what did not change, and how state and local priorities persisted in many arenas. Among the topics addressed: population movements and efforts to control immigration; the growth of corporations and trade unions; the campaign for women's suffrage; Prohibition; an end to child labor; the institution of the Jim Crow system; and the reshaping of higher education.
|The Era of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945: A Brief History with Documents by Polenberg, Richard D.||Bedford-St. Martin's. ISBN: 978-0312133108||Required|
|America Is in the Heart: A Personal History by Bulosan, Carlos||University of Washington Press. ISBN: 029595289X||Required|
|Myth and the Greatest Generation: A Social History of Americans in World War II by Rose, Kenneth||Routledge. ISBN: 978-0415956772||Required|
|Land of Desire: Merchants, Power, and the Rise of a New American Culture by Leach, William R.||Vintage. ISBN: 978-0679754114||Required|
|Advertising the American Dream: Making Way for Modernity, 1920-1940 by Marchand, Roland||University of California Press. ISBN: 978-0520058859||Required|
|The Genesis of Industrial America, 1870-1920 by Klein, Maury||Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-0521677097||Required|
|New Spirits: Americans in the Gilded Age: 1865-1905 by Edwards, Rebecca||Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0195376708||Required|