HIST 358: Seminar: America in the 1920s and 1930s

This seminar focuses on American social and cultural history in the tumultuous years between World War I and II. Topics include the new American Automobile culture, the rise of advertising, the evolution of radio, Prohibition and organized crime, architecture and urban planning, visions of cities of the future, immigration restriction, the Klu Klux Klan, the controversy over teaching Darwin in public schools, major fiction and films of the period, racial tension and violence, and radicalism and reform during the Great Depression. Students will be introduced to these topics through primary sources, including newspaper, magazines, novels, and films. This is a seminar. Heavy emphasis is placed on written assignments and in-class discussion. [W] [W] Prof. Miller