US Social History from Civil War to Present

History 131B

Fall 2015
Section: 
001
Instructor: 
Location: 
390 HEARST MIN
Day & Time: 
TuTh 1230-2P
CCN: 
39738
Units: 
4

This course provides an introduction to American social and labor history from the Civil War to the present day.  It will focus on the experiences of ordinary people, addressing various aspects of how American life changed during this period. We will stress inclusion and exclusion from participation in American political and economic life. Major themes include the creation and destruction of a mass middle class, the establishment of a welfare state and the subsequent political backlash that it provoked, and the reconstitution of gender norms and race relations.

Course Books

I Go to America: Swedish American Women and the Life of Mina Anderson by Lintelman, Joy Minnesota Historical Society Press. ISBN: 978-0873518352 Required
End of the Line: AUTOWORKERS AND THE AMERICAN DREAM by Feldman, Richard and Michael Betzold University of Illinois Press. ISBN: 978-0252061486 Required
The Feminine Mystique (50th Anniversary Edition) by Friedan, Betty W. W. Norton & Company;. ISBN: 978-0393346787 Required
The Good War: An Oral History of World War II by Terkel, Studs New Press. ISBN: 978-1565843431 Required
Down and Out in the Great Depression: Letters from the Forgotten Man by McElvaine, Robert S. University of North Carolina Press. ISBN: 978-0807858912 Required