Nikhil Pal Singh
Through study of documents, personal testimony, and other source materials, through written reports on historical problems, and through discussions, lectures, films, and audiovisual presentations, students are encouraged to examine evidence and to think "historically" about persons, events, and movements within the memory of their own generation and that immediately preceding theirs. Primarily for first-year students.
NOTE: THIS COURSE WAS FORMERLY HSTAA 135. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY TAKEN HSTAA 135, DO NOT TAKE THIS COURSE!
This course will introduce you to the history of the United States in the era between the Presidential Administrations of Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. The course covers the major domestic and international events of the period, including the New Deal, WWII, the origins of the cold war, the rise of suburbia, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam war, the cultural revolution of "the sixties," and the "Reagan revolution" of the 1980s. The course concludes with reflections on the contemporary period.
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