History | American Dreams and Nightmares in the Modern City
A347 | 27325 | Muhammad

A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to undergraduates and Education MAs only

For millions in search of better lives around the nation and the
world, American cities since the mid to late 19th century have been
imagined as the "promised land" with streets paved with gold.  The
hopes, dreams, and aspirations of these individuals fuelled the
growth and development of American cities, as these cities rose to
new heights as world capitals for commerce and culture.  But all was
not rosy for everyone who helped to build and shape these modern
meccas of opportunity and oppression.  Indeed, for its life-long
residents and newcomers  from the 1860s to the present  the
American metropolis has often fallen far short of its idealized

This course will explore a range of topics, such as race-relations,
migration and immigration, poverty, crime, social welfare agencies,
urban politics, labor, industrialization, transportation,
suburbanization, leisure and housing.  Students will be expected to
think critically and regularly participate in class discussions.
Lectures will include pictures, illustrations, film, and video.