From the Civil Rights Era to the New Gilded Age

History C139C

Spring 2014
101 Barker
Day & Time: 
TuTh 9:30-11 AM
  • This course satisfies the American Cultures Requirement.
  • From the Civil Rights Era to the New Gilded Age: Struggles for Racial and Economic Equality from "Double Victory" to "Occupy"

    World War II lifted the United States from the Great Depression, launching it on a course of economic expansion that would endure for a quarter century afterwards. This long economic boom, in turn, helped underwrite and propel efforts on behalf of greater racial and economic equality. By the late 1960s, however, as the long economic boom fizzled out, America's march toward greater racial equality began to founder, while its march toward greater economic equality began to reverse course. The Civil Rights Era gave way to the New Gilded Age, a period marked by an increasing concentration of income and wealth in the hands of a decreasing percentage of the overall population. The course will explore the political, legal, and economic history of America's struggles for racial and economic equality - and the relationship between them - from the World War II-inspired "Double Victory" campaign roots of the Civil Rights Era to the "Occupy Wall Street" protests of 2011 that finally brought national attention to the growing income and wealth polarization that defined the then decades-old New Gilded Age.

    Course Books

    Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life by Reich, Robert Vintage. ISBN: 978-0307277992 Required
    Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class by Cowie, Jefferson New Press. ISBN: 978-1595587077 Required
    The Battle for Welfare Rights: Politics and Poverty in Modern America by Kornbluh, Felicia University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN: 978-0812220254 Required
    Collision Course: The Strange Convergence of Affirmative Action and Immigration Policy in America by Graham, Hugh Davis Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0195168891 Required
    The Color of America Has Changed: How Racial Diversity Shaped Civil Rights Reform in California, 1941-1978 by Brilliant, Mark Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199927593 Required
    At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance – A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to Rise of Black Power by McGuire, Danielle Vintage. ISBN: 978-0307389244 Required
    hen Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Katznelson, Ira W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN: 978-0393328516 Required