Spring 2017 Twentieth-Century America
History, as HIST-155
Formerly listed as: HIST-10
Course (Login required) Faculty Francis G. Couvares (Section 01) Description
[US] The course traces United States political, social, and cultural history from 1900 to the present. Among the topics covered are the rise of the modern corporation, class conflict and the Progressive movement; immigration, ethnic pluralism, and the rise of mass culture; the Great Depression and the New Deal; World War II, the Cold War, and McCarthyism; the civil rights, women’s and environmental movements, the New Left, the New Right, and the continuing inequalities of race and class. Films and videos will regularly supplement class readings. Three class meetings per week.
Limited to 40 students. Spring semester. Professor Couvares.
If Overenrolled: I will keep list and let registrar know names of those to be enrolled over limit. Course times and locations HIST 155 - L/D Section 01 M 09:00 AM - 09:50 AM CHAP 201 W 09:00 AM - 09:50 AM CHAP 201 F 09:00 AM - 09:50 AM CHAP 201 Textbooks
Below are the textbooks used in this course, along with pricing information and availability at local bookstores. The price range shown is based upon queries to multiple online booksellers; roll your mouse over the price field to see detailed pricing information.
ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
978-0195096484 Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945 Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993 Sanchez, George J. Amherst Books TBD
978-0195382624 The Rise and Fall of the American Century: The United States from 1890-2009 Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009 Chafe, William H. Recommended Amherst Books TBD
978-0312480509 Interpretations of American history: Patterns and Perspectives (Vol. 2, 8th ed.) Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2009 Couvares, Francis G. and Martha Saxton Recommended Amherst Books TBD
978-0393283044 For the Record: A Documentary History of America (Vol. 2, 6th ed.) New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010 Shi, David E. and Holly A. Mayer. Must be 6th ed. Amherst Books TBD
978-0440314882 Coming of Age in Mississippi: The Classic Autobiography of Growing Up Poor and Black in the Rural South New York: Dell, 1992 Moody, Anne Amherst Books TBD
978-0520282506 Sal Si Puedes (Escape If You Can): Cesar Chavez and the New American Revolution Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 2000 Mathiesson, Peter Amherst Books TBD
978-0805046953 A Rumor of War New York: Holt, 1996 Caputo, Philip Amherst Books TBD
978-0807855263 Boston Against Busing: Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the 1960s and 1970s Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2004 Formisano, Ronald P. Amherst Books TBD
These books are available locally at
Amherst Books. If Overenrolled
I will keep list and let registrar know names of those to be enrolled over limit.
Spring 2019 Other years: