United States

N131B Summer 2014 Social History of the United States: 1914-Present - Session A

This course covers the social history of the United States from the close of the Progressive Era to the present day. We will explore how technological, economic, diplomatic, and political developments shaped the experience of Americans who lived through these tumultuous times.  The broader themes we will address include the creation of a mass middle class and the growth of consumer culture, the reconstitution of gender norms and race relations, the establishment of the New Deal welfare state and the subsequent backlash that it provoked, and the rise of suburbia and the Sunbelt.

N124A Summer 2014 The United States from the Late 19th Century to the Eve of the World War II - Session A

During the half-century before World War II, the United States became an industrialized, urban society with national markets and communication media. This class will explore some of the most important changes of this period and how they were connected. We will also examine how these changes elicited a variety of responses, from optimism to anxiety, from experimentation to conservatism.

24 Spring 2014 A Superpower Transformed: History, Strategy, and American Foreign Policy in the 1970s

The United States began the 1970s mired in the Vietnam War and ended it waylaid by oil crises, economic disarray, and resurgent Cold War hostilities. For historians and others, the 1970s have long been a forgotten—and forgettable—decade. This seminar suggests a different perspective. The 1970s, students will learn, brought great changes, especially for the role of the United States in the world.

280D.001 Spring 2014 The United States and the World since 1865

This course is a reading seminar, intended for graduate students in History who are preparing to take an oral examination in the history of the United States and the World. This course focuses, for the most part, on the United States since 1865 and on the making of U.S. foreign policy. 

285D.001 Spring 2014 Nineteenth-Century America

This seminar will serve as a writing workshop for students engaged in independent historical research projects in U.S. History between the American Revolution and the First World War.  

136AC Spring 2014 Gender Matters in 20th Century America

It’s easy to think of the 20th included flappers in short skirts chugging bootleg liquor, “Rosie the Riveter” with perfect lipstick wielding a sledgehammer, housewives popping Valiums and Birth Control Pills, magazines advertising sex in everything from condoms to refrigerators, hippies lying naked and high in Golden Gate Park, angry women burning bras, proud men parading down city streets in women’s ball-gowns, and the government perpetually trying to barge into bedrooms. Yet the 20th century did not invent gender matters.

C139C Spring 2014 From the Civil Rights Era to the New Gilded Age

From the Civil Rights Era to the New Gilded Age: Struggles for Racial and Economic Equality from "Double Victory" to "Occupy"

127AC Spring 2014 California

After explaining how people have viewed California throughout its history, this course explores the unique environmental diversity of the region. Then, we examine the settlement of distinct regions of California and the particular indigenous communities that emerged in these places. Students will also explore the motives for and consequences of Spanish exploration, colonization, and the establishment of missions. From the arrival of the Spanish through the end of the nineteenth century, changes in the treatment and demography of the California Indians figure prominently.

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