Office hours:11 AM-12 PM, 2-3 PM, before and after
class [Kendall Hall, Room 218]
The twentieth century for America has been a time of massive social upheavals, technological innovation, cultural explosion, global expansion, and economic progress. The post‑World War II world witnessed the rise and subsequently "fall" of the American juggernaut. Ironically, global affairs, arising from the Cold War, shaped domestic life forcing debate on issues suppressed throughout most of American history. What will the American foreign policy be? How will the "race" question play be addressed? Can anything be done about the "woman question"? What will our national culture be? And, what is the best possible way to provide maximum opportunity without upsetting the importance of liberty?
What this class will do is look at the concerns, aspirations, and tensions Americans faced in the Cold Warn period. Among the topics that will be discussed are: the National Security State, domestic anti‑communism, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Great Society, the Civil Rights Revolution, The New Left, the Feminist Movement, the Nixon Presidency, the Reagan Phenomenon, Transnational Corporations in the new world order, and Terrorism.
The class meets two days a week for about eighty minutes. Attendance is mandatory. The class will be conducted in a lecture format, but the students should feel free to ask questions or discuss the issues brought up. The class will be responsible for two papers about five to eight pages in length, and there will be an in‑class final. Each student will be assigned to a discussion group and graded on the groups performance in class. All reading materials should be completed by the assigned class. Credit will also be given for regular participation on the SOCS discussion board (https://delphi.tcnj.edu:83/ ). Here you are expected to pose questions, spark debate, and answer questions to generated by other classmates or the professor.