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HST 3382

Stephen G. Rabe

Spring 2011

UT-Dallas Office: JO 5.614 Hours: M 1-2 p.m.; T & W 6-6:45 p.m. Tel: (972)-883-2009


Michael Schaller, Present Tense: The United States since 1945. 3rd ed.

Elaine May, Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era.

Frank Lambert, The Battle of Ole' Miss.

Philip Caputo, A Rumor of War.

Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.

David Finkel, The Good Soldiers


I. Cold War America, 1945-1960 Topics to be analyzed include: the legacies of the New Deal and World War II; the origins of the Cold War; the development of the military-industrial complex; the policies of the Truman and Eisenhower administrations; McCarthyism; the “baby boom;” and the development of a middle-class, suburban culture.

II. Progressive America, 1961-1968

Topics to be analyzed include: the policies of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations; Keynesian economics; the Great Society; the war in Vietnam; the Warren Supreme Court; and the civil rights, women’s rights, and counterculture movements.

III. Conservative America, 1969-1991

Topics to be analyzed include: the rise of the political and religious right; the Nixon and Reagan administrations; the Watergate and Iran-Contra scandals; supply-side economics; judicial conservatism; the end of the Cold War; and changing gender roles.

IV. Global America, 1992-2011

Topics to be analyzed include Clinton and Bush-era policies; globalization; the information revolution; immigration and the creation of a multi-cultural society; and the wars in

Iraq and Afghanistan.



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Schaller, Chapter 1

Schaller, Chapter 2

Schaller, Chapter 3; Elaine May completed.

Schaller, Chapter 4

Schaller, Chapter 5

Schaller, Chapter 6

Schaller, Chapter 7 Frank Lambert completed.`

Schaller, Chapter 8

Schaller, Chapter 9; Philip Caputo completed.

Schaller, Chapter 10

Schaller, Chapter 11

Schaller, Chapter 12

Schaller, Chapter 13; Barbara Ehrenreich completed.

Schaller, Chapter 14

David Finkel completed.

Examination #1: Wednesday, March 2. Examination #2: Monday, April 25. Paper # 1 (Elaine May): Monday, January 31. Paper #2 (Frank Lambert): Wednesday, February 23.

Paper #3 (Philip Caputo): Wednesday, March 23. Paper #4 (Barbara Ehrenreich): Wednesday, April 13. Paper #5 (David Finkel): Monday, May 2.

Note: All students are required to take both examinations and submit three (3) assigned papers. Assignments are given equal weight for grading purposes. Students will not receive credit for the course unless they complete the five assignments on time. Students may submit four or five papers. The best three grades will be counted.

Further Note: Students are expected to attend class regularly and participate in class activities. HST 3382 is not a correspondence course. Students will be penalized (grade reduction) or fail the course, if they do not attend class regularly. Regular attendance and informed contributions to class discussions count positively in final grade assessment.

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