Lecture Notes and Outline

MARK LAWRENCE KORNBLUH
HST 306 - UNITED STATES HISTORY SINCE 1920
FALL 1996 LECTURE OUTLINE


WEEK 1 Introduction: America at 1920

M 8/26 Introduction: General Themes, Course Organization (1)
W 8/28 Background: Building Modern America (2)
F 8/31 **** Video:

READINGS: None.


WEEK 2 The Twenties

M 9/2 LABOR DAY
W 9/4 The Ambivalent Decade: (Change and Reaction) (3)
F 9/6 Discussion:

READINGS: Susman, "Cultural Heros"


WEEK 3 The Crash

M 9/9 Prosperity, Crash, and Depression (5)
W 9/11 Video on Ford Strike
F 9/13 Hoover and Roosevelt (6)

READINGS: Start McElvaine (pp. 1- 32)


WEEK 4 Life in the Thirties

M 9/16 Evaluating the New Deal (7)
W 9/18 Popular Culture During the Thirties (8)
F 9/20 ***Discussion: Depression America

READINGS: Robert S. McElvaine, Down and Out in the Great Depression: Letters from the Forgotten Man.


WEEK 5 The Second World War
M 9/23 Foreign Policy and the Origins of WWII (9 + WWi)
W 9/25 Mobilizing for War (9)
F 9/27 Discussion: "The Good War"

READINGS: Terkel, The Good War, pp. 1-33, 36-46, 56-65, 105-131, 135-145, 149-156, 163-189, 194-203, 223-236, 251-279, 297-304, 308-314, 341-347, 365-370, 377-401, 460-472, 506-517, 538-559;


WEEK 6 From World War to Cold War

M 9/30 The War at Home and Abroad (10)
W 10/2 From Hot War to Cold War (11)
F 10/4 Discussion: The Bomb and the Origins of the Cold War.

READINGS: Chafe, The Unfinished Journey, pp. 1-78; Chafe and Sitkoff, A History of Our Time, pp. 3-58.


WEEK 7 Postwar America

M 10/7 The Affluent Society (12)
W 10/9 The Politics of Anti-Communism (13)
F 10/11 Video

READINGS: Chafe, The Unfinished Journey, pp. 79-110; Chafe and Sitkoff, A History of Our Time, pp. 59-89, 107-110.


WEEK 8 "The Fifties"

M 10/14 The Organization Man and Suburban Housewife (14)
W 10/16 Alienation and Criticism in the Fifties (15)
F 10/18 Discussion: "The Catcher in the Rye."

READINGS: Chafe, The Unfinished Journey, pp. 111-145; Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye.


WEEK 9 The Civil Rights Movement

M 10/21 The Birth of the Movement (16)
W 10/23 Civil Rights and Black Power (17)
F 10/25 Discussion: The Movement

READINGS: Chafe, The Unfinished Journey, pp. 146-176. Anne Moody, Coming of Age in Misssissippi; Chafe and Sitkoff, A History of Our Time, pp. 157-202.


WEEK 10 The Great Society

M 10/28 Liberalism, JFK, and the New Left (18,24)
W 11/30 LBJ And The Great Society (19)
F 11/1 Discussion: Liberalism, JFK, and LBJ

READINGS: Chafe, The Unfinished Journey, pp. 177-246; Chafe and Sitkoff, A History of Our Time, pp. 111-152, 345-50.


WEEK 11 The Vietnam War
M 11/4 American Intervention in the 3rd World (20)
W 11/6 The Vietnam War (21)
F 11/8 Discussion:

Read: Chafe, The Unfinished Journey, pp. 247-380; Chafe and Sitkoff, A History of Our Time, pp. 285-339.


WEEK 12 The Cultural Revolution

M 11/11 The Counter-Culture (22)
W 11/13 The Women's Movement (23)
F 11/15 Discussion: Women and Men

Read: Chafe and Sitkoff, A History of Our Time, pp. 219-284.


WEEK 13 The Seventies

M 11/18 Backlash and the Rise of the Right (24+)
W 11/20 The Me Decade (and Post-Modernism) (25)
F 11/22 Discussion:

READINGS: Chafe, The Unfinished Journey, pp. 381-469; Chafe and Sitkoff, A History of Our Time, pp. 355-377, 393-412, 419-438.


WEEK 14 1968

M 11/25 Video: (Eyes on the Prize II, 4)
W 11/27 NO CLASS
F 11/29 THANKSGIVING


WEEK 15 The Eighties and Beyond

M 12/2 The Reagan Revolution (25+)
W 12/4 Race, Class, Gender in Contemporary America (26)
F 12/6 Discussion: Race, Class, Gender in America

READINGS: Chafe, The Unfinished Journey, pp. 470-510; Chafe and Sitkoff, A History of Our Time, 439-496.