History | Intro to 20th Century U.S. History
H650 | 13462 | M. McGerr


A portion of the above class open to majors only; open to graduate
students only.  Above class meets with AMST-G 620.

This colloquium offers an intensive introduction to the study of the
history of the United States in the twentieth century.   Covering a
wide range of topics, the class focuses particularly on two issues.
First, we will study attempts to situate the long sweep of national
history within the development of capitalism, globalization,
imperialism, liberalism, and conservatism.  Second, we will analyze
the linkages between private and public—between individual identity
and experience on one hand and politics, popular culture, work,
technology, and consumption on the other.  In pursuing these issues,
the course aims particularly to prepare students for major and minor
field examinations in U.S. history.

Members of the class are expected to complete the assigned readings,
participate regularly in class discussion, lead one discussion,
prepare a bibliography on a historiographical topic, write two short
critical papers, and one longer historiographical essay.

Assigned readings include:
Howard Brick, Transcending Capitalism: Visions of a New Society in
Modern American Thought
George Chauncey, Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making
of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940
Lizabeth Cohen, A Consumer’s Republic: The Politics of Mass
Consumption in Postwar America
Morris Dickstein, Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the
Great Depression
Jeffrey Frieden, Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the
Twentieth Century
Michael McGerr, A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the
Progressive Movement in America, 1870-1920
Charles S. Maier, Among Empires: American Ascendancy and Its
Predecessors
Elaine Tyler May, America and the Pill
Thomas Sugrue, The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality
in Postwar Detroit (2005 ed.)
Wendy L. Wall, Inventing the American Way: The Politics of Consensus
from the New Deal to the Civil Rights Movement
Sean Wilentz, The Age of Reagan