Social History of the United States: 1914-Present - Session A

History N131B

Summer 2015
First 6 Week Session
Day & Time: 
MTuWTh 2-4P
  • This course satisfies the American Cultures Requirement.
  • This course provides an introduction to American social and labor history from World War I 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

    End of the line: Autoworkers and the American dream by Feldman, Richard University of Illinois Press. ISBN: 978-0252061486 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 by Robert McElvaine University of North Carolina Press. ISBN: 978-0807858912 Required