The United States from the Late 19th Century to the Eve of World War II

History 124A

Fall 2012
Day & Time: 
MW 4-530P
  • This course satisfies the American Cultures Requirement.
  • 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.

    Course Books

    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