United States

103D.004 Fall 2013 The Gilded Age

Now that many commentators are calling our own time a Second Gilded Age, it makes sense to take a closer look at the first.  The modern commentators are thinking mainly about economic inequality and the political power of business.  But this was also a period of close and vicious party competition, with conflicts ranging from race and voting rights to constant congressional investigations of presidents.

103D.005 Fall 2013 Berkeley and the Long Sixties

We will critically examine Berkeley’s emergence as an epicenter of  US and global culture and politics in the 1960s. Our focus will be the historical origins, development, meanings, and consequences of  ‘Berkeley in the Sixties.’ The dynamic historical interaction between the city of Berkeley (town) and the University of California at Berkeley (gown) will be a central theme. We will begin with a wide-ranging historical exploration of both the “Republic of Berkeley” and the world-class university.

103D.006 Fall 2013 Popular Culture of the Turn-of-the-Century United States

Between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of World War One, the United States experienced unprecedented demographic growth, territorial expansion, and economic integration. Yet the processes of national modernization were underwritten by deep-seated problems, including labor exploitation, racial disenfranchisement, environmental degradation, and social stratification.

103D.007 Fall 2013 Promised Land: Readings in California History

"If America is the land where the world goes in search of miracles and redemption,” Time Magazine once said, “California is the land where Americans go.” This seminar will explore the idea of California as “America’s America” through some of the latest and most innovative historical scholarship about the region. Topics will include exploration and conquest; frontier labor, economies, and politics; migration and immigration; urban growth and decline; gender, race, and ethnicity; and the changing myths of California and the American West.

103D.008 Fall 2013 The History of Sexuality in America, 1607—1920

Understanding a nation’s sexual legacy is integral to understanding its identity, both historical and modern. Sex may be one of the most misunderstood aspects of American History. The Puritans and Victorians, for example, are generally believed to have left a legacy of squeamishness and repression that affects our politics, culture, and society even today. Yet the Puritans allowed women to divorce their husbands if the latter never gave them orgasms.

100AC Fall 2013 History of American Capitalism: Business, Work, Economy

What is capitalism? And when did it come to characterize the American economy? This course will explore the economic history of the United States, from the colonial period to the present. We will analyze the dramatic changes that catapulted a chain of colonies from the fringe of the global economy to its center. As the semester progresses, we will seek out the sources of this dramatic transformation, exploring a variety of overlapping and sometimes conflicting explanations for the coming of capitalism. Is this primarily a story about ideas and economic outlook?

280D Fall 2013 From the New Deal to the New Gilded Age

This graduate reading seminar will examine cutting edge United States historiography on political economy (and, in many instances, its intersections with race and gender). Taken together, this scholarship traces an arc of United States history that runs from New Deal liberalism, racial and gender liberalism, and the “great compression” of income distribution in the middle third of the twentieth century to New Right conservatism, New Gilded Age "neoliberalism," and the “great divergence” of income distribution in the last third of the twentieth century.

137AC Fall 2013 Immigration Across Time and Space: Race, Nation, and Citizenship in the Expanding United States

It has been said that the United States is "A Nation of Immigrants." In this course we will think about our country as the home of immigrants, as a diverse and sometimes tense place, and then we will seek to understand what this means for our country's past, present, and future.


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