The United States Since the Civil War - Session C

History 7B

Summer 2015
8 Week Session
Day & Time: 
MWTh 10-12P
  • This course satisfies the American Cultures Requirement.
  • This course is an introduction to American history since the Civil War. It is also an introduction to the way historians think and write. We will cover the major events of the past 150 years, including such topics as the Civil War, industrialization, eugenics, the Great Depression, immigration, the Cold War, the suburbs, human rights, and 9/11. While broadly surveying major developments, we will focus on three major themes. The first theme, Slave Society and Its Consequences,traces how the legacy of slavery and emancipation has shaped American ideas about racial hierarchy, multiculturalism, and model minorities. The second theme, Capitalism and Its Critics, follows the rise of industrial society, the growth of consumer economy, and finally the creation of finance capitalism—and how Americans experienced and managed these transitions. Finally, Dechristianization of America, follows how the United States was understood as a Protestant nation, then a Judeo-Christian one, and, finally, as a post-Christian country. Students will sharpen their analytical and critical thinking skills through their engagement with these three themes in lectures, readings, movies, music, and art.

    Course Books

    Farewell to Manzanar by Houston, Jeanne & James Houston Ember. ISBN: 978-0307976079 Required
    The 1970s: A New Global History from Civil Rights to Economic Inequality by Borstelmann, Thomas Princeton University Press. ISBN: 978-0691157917 Required
    A Raisin in the Sun by Hansberry, Lorraine Vintage. ISBN: 978-0679755333 Required
    Looking Backward: 2000-1887 by Bellamy, Edward Dover Thrift Editions. ISBN: 978-0486290386 Required
    My Soul is Rested: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement in the Deep South by Raines, Howell Penguin. ISBN: 978-0140067538 Required