US History Since 1865
I assume that American history is not a fixed set of facts, figures, and events, that it is not a done deal. People, places, motivation and circumstance are the content for rigorous historical thinking. History was contested all along and continues to be contested. It is that complexity we will explore throughout the semester. To that end, this course explores major themes and issues that led to the making of the modern United States. We will pay attention to social and intellectual currents, labor and business, farmer protest, immigration and ethnicity, race and gender, the development of reform and radical thought and activities, American involvement in war, civil liberties issues, Progressivism and the New Deal, and major changes in post-World War II America. Ultimately, you will become acquainted with the central concerns of US history and you will begin to cultivate habits of critical understanding that allow you to draw significance from the past.