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HIST-449 Topics in U.S. History Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in U.S. History (3) Topics vary by section. Rotating topics include labor and workers, espionage and national security, radical tradition, political movements, science and technologies, film and history, and families and childhood. Some background in U.S. history is recommended. Crosslist: HIST-649. Repeatable for credit with different topic.

HIST-449-001
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: American Conservatism
American Conservatism (3) This course examines the origins of modern conservatism, its self-defined values and mission, its enduring appeal to ordinary people, and the ebb and flow of its influence on American life. Meets with HIST-649 001.
HIST-449-002
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: American Drug Wars
American Drug Wars (3) This seminar introduces students to the concept of the war on drugs broadly interpreted, and surveys America's history with mind-altering substances and efforts to control or prohibit the same. Beginning with the role of commodities such as coffee, sugar, tobacco, and alcohol in forging global trade routes and colonial empires, the course examines America's experience with drugs, alcohol, temperance movements, crime, and law enforcement from the early republic to the twentieth century and the birth of the modern drug war. Students are presented with American social, cultural, and political history "through the saloon door," and examine how taboos and attempts at prohibition have been historically contingent, as well as how drug and alcohol use has often been the site of profound political and social conflicts, many with lasting implications.
HIST-449-001
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: The Sixties in America
The Sixties in America (3) Students dive into the culture, media, politics, and controversies of America in the 1960s, which was among the most turbulent decades in American history. To understand the Sixties and better understand America today, they journey through an era of intense cultural change, one defined by civil rights, black power, Vietnam, campus unrest, the generation gap, rock and roll, the sexual revolution, feminism, assassinations, and backlash. Meets with COMM-420 003 COMM-620 002 HIST-649 001.