US Social History from Civil War to Present

History 131B

Fall 2016
390 Hearst Mining
Day & Time: 
MWF 9-10A
  • This course satisfies the American Cultures Requirement.
  • Social history centers on the experiences of groupings of people, their ideas, values, and behaviors, and the impact of these on their interaction with each other as well as with the structures and systems—political, economic, and social—they lived in. This course considers US history from the Civil War to the present through the experiences of major populations in the United States that, until the relatively recent emergence of social history as a method of study, had been left out of the historical narrative. Lecture will be driven by major events in US history, but will emphasize the experiences of groups of people that have historically held little power: the working class, immigrants, women, youth, and racial and ethnic minorities. The course will also consider some of the central topics of study in social history, such as: racism, identity, gender, sexuality, crime, childhood, family life, education, and leisure activities. The course readings and written assignments will provide students with a deeper understanding of some of these groups and topics, as well as a sense of how social history is written. This course satisfies the American Cultures requirement.

    Course Books

    Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945 by Sánchez, George J. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780195096484 Required
    Living for the City: Migration, Education, and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California by Murch, Donna Jean Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. ISBN: 978-0- 8078-7113- 3 Required
    Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era by May, Elaine Tyler. New York: Basic Books. ISBN: 978-0- 465-01020- 2 Required
    At America’s Gates: Chinese Immigration during the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943. by Lee, Erika Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. ISBN: 978-0- 8078-5448- 8 Required
    he War in American Culture: Society and Consciousness during World War II by Erenberg, Lewis A. and Hirsch, Susan E. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, . ISBN: 9780226215129 Required