History | American History II
H106 | 0380 | Friedman
The course probes several crucial issues in American thought and
culture from the end of the Civil War to the 1999 Columbine
murders. Initially we shall explore the links between late 19th and
early 20th century racism, the rise of national corporate culture,
changing gender roles, and reform.
Next, we shall explore the gradual demise of an “innocent” Victorian
view of the world—a process culminated by the Holocaust. Finally,
we investigate the cycle of social protests and backlash responses
since the 1950’s (including the Civil Rights Movement, the Peace
Movement, the Women’s Movement, and the turn to Right
Wing “Christian” political culture.