History | The American Century
H750 | 8371 | Bodnar


A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to graduates only
Above class meets with AMST-G751

Course Description:  This course is a seminar.  As such it will
focus on a discussion of several large themes in twentieth century
U.S. history and the development of a research project by individual
students.  Key issues to be addressed include  American
exceptionalism and national identity, liberalism and conservatism,
the role of culture, race, gender, militarization, and public memory
and trauma.   Books that will be discussed include:  Margot Canaday,
The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship; Norman Cantor, The
American Century;  Jefferson Cowie, Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the
Last Days of the Working Class; Patrick Hagopian, The Vietnam War in
American Memory; John Bodnar, The “Good War” in American Memory;
Elizabeth Borgwardt,  A New Deal for the World; Michael Denning, The
Cultural Front.   All students will craft a proposal for a research
paper, write a paper, and offer a class report on their project.