The United States Since the Civil War - Session C

History 7B

Summer 2014
8 Week Session
101 LSA
Day & Time: 
MWTh 10-12P

This course is an introduction to the history of the United States from the Civil War to the present. Readings, lectures, films, discussions, papers, and exams will all familiarize students with the ways historians look at the past, think about evidence, and write clearly about complex relationships of cause and effect. By exploring Reconstruction, the Indian Wars, Jim Crow segregation, changing immigration policies, and the suffrage and civil rights movements, the course will explore changing, overlapping, and stratified processes of inclusion and exclusion that have redefined categories of whiteness, citizenship, and American identity. We will also analyze how industrialization, immigration, westward expansion, and the increasing intervention of state and federal governments illuminates the causes and consequences of the United States’ rapid and transformative economic growth in the second half of the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries. Ultimately, social and political movements emerged to address the uneven distribution of economic, environmental, and social burdens created by this economic expansion. Students will study the ways that consumer culture, new media, and suburbanization influenced American popular attitudes and perceptions of the political process, the economy, the environment, and a variety of social movements. This course will finish by charting the origins, influence, and legacies of the Cold War, de-industrialization, and Neoliberalism. Students must attend lecture and discussion and complete assigned readings, a research essay, a midterm exam, and a final exam. 

Course Books

Homeward Bound by Elaine Tyler May Basic Books. ISBN: 978-0465010202 Required
Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody Dell. ISBN: 978-0440314882 Required
Out of This Furnace by Thomas Bell University of Pittsburgh Press. ISBN: 978-0822952732 Required
Becoming America by David Henkin and Rebecca McLennan McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 9781308170626 Required