Summer 2018: great American Cultures and AH&I courses in History

Session A- American Cultures Courses in History 

History 124B: The United States from World War II to the Vietnam Era
This course satisfies the American Cultures Requirement.
Immediately prior to World War II, the US military ranked 17th in the world, most African-Americans lived in the rural south and were barred from voting, culture and basic science in the United States enjoyed no world-wide recognition, most married women did not work for wages, and the census did not classify most Americans as middle-class or higher. By 1973, all this had changed. This course will explore these and other transformations, all part of the making of modern America. We will take care to analyze the events, significance and cost of US ascendancy to world power in an international and domestic context.

Maggie Elmore
TWTh 2-4:30 p.m. | May 21–June 29
Class #: 15021


Session C- American Cultures Courses in History

History 7B: The United States from Civil War to Present
This course satisfies the American Cultures and American History & Institutions Requirement.
What does it mean to be American? Whatever your answer is to this question, chances are it is deeply connected to the themes and events we will discuss in this class. Here we will track America's rise to global power, the fate of freedom in a post-Emancipation political setting, and the changing boundaries of nation, citizenship, and community. We will use landmark events to sharpen our themes, but we will
Daniel M Robert
9 Lewis
TuWTh, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | June 18–August 10
Class #: 13548


Session D- American Cultures Courses in History 

History 131B: US Social History from the Civil War to the Present
This course satisfies the American Cultures and American History & Institutions Requirement.
Perhaps the most memorable line in the Declaration of Independence (1776) is the one that assures Americans of their unalienable rights to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” The nation’s founders guaranteed the first two in the Bill of Rights, but the third remains a nebulous concept that requires some contemplation and interpretation. What exactly has it meant to pursue happiness and how has that pursuit shaped the course of United States history since 1865?
This course considers these questions by interrogating the experiences, ideas, values, desires, and actions of various racial, ethnic, gender, age, class, and ability groups. In examining how Americans have defined, pursued, defended, and fought for happiness, we will necessarily also explore the limits, constraints, and challenges to that aim. Some of the topics covered in the course include: civil rights, feminism, labor, migration, consumerism, relationships, and popular culture.
Jennifer Robin Terry
110 Barrows
MTW, 2–4:30 p.m. | July 2 - Aug 10
Class #: 15578


History C139C: Civil Rights and Social Movements in U.S. History
This course satisfies the American Cultures Requirement.
In their fights for justice and equality, civil rights and social movements have put  democratic practices and institutions in the United States to test. This course explores the long (chronological) and wide (geographic) civil rights movements of the South, the North, and the West Coast, tracing their multiracial, multiethnic, and multicultural aspects since the Second World War. How ​did ordinary people and grassroots activists aim to influence electoral processes, legislation, and court decisions? Readings and lectures will delve into the ​Black Freedom and Black Power struggles, Mexican American and Puerto Rican demands for rights, and Asian American and Native American efforts for equality. Paying particular attention to the Bay Area, ​we will study the dynamism of Counterculture, the Free Speech Movement, New Left Radicalism, antiwar protests, Environmentalism, and rebellions expressed in music. Appreciating the intersectionality of race, ethnic, and gender identities, we will explore the Women’s and Gay Liberation movements. Continuing into the late and early-twentieth centuries, the course situates social movements within the larger global contexts and traces the fierce opposition to civil rights and social equality that has coalesced around white nationalism, legal discrimination, and campaigns for law and order. Finally, we will consider the shifting roles and impact of technology and media on social movements within American democracy.
Sandra Weathers Smith
20 Barrows
MTWTh 12-2pm | July 2–August 10
Class #: 16081