Section Information for Spring 2017
How did the Cold War change American politics and culture? Covering the period from the end of WWII to the election of JFK, this course explores the variety of ways that Americans experienced the early Cold War. We will discuss the construction of the Cold War order, both at home and abroad, by studying the politics of international confrontation, the Korean War, McCarthyism, the Truman and Eisenhower administrations, as well as such social developments as consumerism and suburbanization. We will also analyze widespread discontent within Cold War America by exploring the histories of feminism, rock’n’roll, the beat generation, and the civil rights movement.
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