Spring 2022

Twentieth-Century America

Listed in: History, as HIST-155

Formerly listed as: HIST-10

Faculty

Francis G. Couvares (Section 01)

Description

[US/TR/TS] 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.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Close analysis of historical evidence, which may include written documents, images, music, films, or statistics from the historical period under study. Exploration of scholarly, methodological, and theoretical debates about historical Close analysis of historical evidence, which may include written documents, images, music, films, or statistics from the historical period under study. Exploration of scholarly, methodological, and theoretical debates about historical topics. Extensive reading, varying forms of written work, and intensive in-class discussions.topics. Extensive reading, varying forms of written work, and intensive in-class discussions. Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the faculty member as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
For the record : a documentary history of America New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, 2019. David Emory Shi and Holly A. Mayer Amherst Books TBD
Fear itself : the New Deal and the origins of our time New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2013 Ira Katznelson Amherst Books TBD
Coming of age in Mississippi New York : Dell Pub., [1968] Anne Moody Amherst Books TBD
A rumor of war New York : Henry Holt and Co., 1996 Philip Caputo Amherst Books TBD
Boston against busing : race, class, and ethnicity in the 1960s and 1970s Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [1991] Ronald P. Formisano Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.

Offerings

2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2022