Chad J Moody
Each seminar examines a different subject or problem. A quarterly list of the seminars and their instructors is available in the Department of History undergraduate advising office.
The rise of conservative politics in postwar America is often understood, and rightly so, in social terms (the emergence of a politically active grassroots evangelical community), cultural terms (a backlash against the perceived excesses of the 1960s counterculture and New Left) and in terms of party politics (the tactical brilliance of Republican strategists like Kevin Phillips and Lee Atwater and the arrival of charismatic politicians such as Ronald Reagan). However, the emergence of a powerful conservative movement in the second half of the twentieth century would not have been possible without men and women supplying the movement with ideas and arguments. This class will study the intellectual work and political impact of conservative thinkers from the Southern traditionalists up through the controversial and heavily debated designs of the neoconservative cohort.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
This class is a senior seminar; and as such it requires active participation in weekly discussions.
Students should have some background in 20th century U.S. history generally, and postwar U.S. political history in particluar.
Class assignments and grading
There will be three books assigned for this class (The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 by George H Nash; The Essential Neoconservative Reader by Mark Gerson, ed.; and Conservatism in America Since 1930: A Reader by Gregory Schneider ed.) and a course reader. There will be readings due the first week of class, so students must be in touch with the instructor well before the first class meeting.
50% of students' grades will be determined by in-class participation and 50% will be based on successful completion of a research paper (15-20 pages long).