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Susan A Glenn
HSTAA 473
Seattle Campus

Homefront: American Cultures and Society in the 1940s

An exploration of the impact of WWII on American culture and social thought. Topics include the effects of war on civil liberties and civil rights, the uses of nationalism, patriotism, and racial ideology, the internment of Japanese-Americans, responses to the Holocaust, and the effects of war on social life.

Class description

An interdisciplinary exploration of the impact of World War II on American culture and social thought. Topics include the effects of war on civil liberties and civil rights, the uses of nationalism, patriotism, and racial ideology, the internment of Japanese-Americans, responses to the Holocaust, the effects of war on social life, family life, and gender roles, and the ways that novelists, photographers, journalists, filmmakers, and historians have shaped memories of the war and its aftermath. The focus will be on minority group experiences, representations, and historical memories. Our sources will be novels, short stories, and accounts by journalists.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

This is a rigorous, upper-division course in US history designed for students with background in the subject. At least one previous college-level course on modern American history is a must for success.

Class assignments and grading

This course has a demanding reading schedule and requires a commitment to active participation in class discussions. Students will have weekly readings and discussions, oral presentations, several short papers, and a research project based on common readings and other primary source materials.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Moran Tompkins
Date: 02/12/2003