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

History N124A

Summer 2014
First 6 Week Session
219 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
MTuWTh 12-2P

During the half-century before World War II, the United States became an industrialized, urban society with national markets and communication media. This class will explore some of the most important changes of this period and how they were connected. We will also examine how these changes elicited a variety of responses, from optimism to anxiety, from experimentation to conservatism. Among the topics addressed: the institution of Jim Crow, population movements and efforts to control immigration, conflicts between Capital and Labor, reform campaigns, territorial expansion, popular and high culture trends, and shifting conceptions of citizenship and self-hood.

Course Books

Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles and the Remaking of Its Mexican Past by William Deverell University of California Press. ISBN: 978-0520246676 Required
America Is In the Heart by Carlos Bulosan University of Washington Press (January 1, 1973). ISBN: 978-0295993539 Required
Looking Backward, 2000-1887 by Edward Bellamy Dover Publications. ISBN: 978-0486290386 Required