United States Political History Since 1945: Citizens, Institutions, and the State|
The postwar era in the Unites States introduced a period of significant challenge and change throughout the nation; this course will introduce students to some of these major events, charting transformations, themes, and issues in American political history since 1945. Over the course of the semester we wil explore a wide range of primary and secondary source materials, while covering topics such as the Cold War, domestic disorder, the Great Society, American liberalism & conservatism, Vietnam, the imperial presidency, the Reagan Revolution, and the War on Terror.
Students will develop interpretive skills by analyzing and evaluating a variety of primary and secondary sources (speeches, government documents, films, texts). Course participants will work on a semester long history research paper, which will involve a significant amount of writing.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Melvyn Leffler, FOR THE SOUL OF MANKIND
Steve Fraser & Gary Gerstle, ed., THE RISE AND FALL OF THE NEW DEAL ORDER 1930-1980
Mary Dudziak, COLD WAR CIVIL RIGHTS
Julian Zelizer, ed. THE AMERICAN CONGRESS
Thomas Sugrue, THE ORIGINS OF URBAN CRISIS
Marilyn Young, THE VIETNAM WARS
Tim O'Brien, THE THINGS THEY CARRIED
Alexander Bloom & Wini Breines, eds., TAKIN' IT TO THE STREETS
Kevin Kruse, WHITE FLIGHT
Paul Boyer, ed. REAGAN AS PRESIDENT
Michael Palmer, GUARDIANS OF THE GULF
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly response papers, 2 short papers, 1 long research paper.
|Instructor(s): Wright,Leah M. Times: .M..... 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: CAAS LOUNG; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 4||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 3||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 4||JR non-major: 3||SO: 0||FR: 0|