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U. S. SINCE 1920

FALL 2015

Professor Michael Mayer

Office: 253 Liberal Arts

Phone: 2088

Office Hours: Mon.: 3:00-5:00,

Fri.: 3:00-4:00

and by appointment
Required texts: Joan Hoff Wilson, Herbert Hoover: Forgotten Progressive

Paul Conkin, The New Deal (3rd ed.)

Allan Winkler, Home Front, USA (3rd ed.)

Thomas Paterson, On Every Front (revised ed.)

Ellen Schrecker, The Age of McCarthyism (2nd ed.)

Bruce Schulman, Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism (2nd ed.)

James Patterson, Restless Giant

David Brooks, Bobos in Paradise

September 2 January 27 Organization
September 9 The Twenties

Required Reading:

Stanley Coben, "A Study in Nativism: The American Red Scare, 1919-1920," Political Science Quarterly, LXXIX (March 1964), pp. 52-75

James Grant, The Forgotten Depression, pp. 1-9, 212-218

Robert Murray, The Politics of Normalcy

Arthur Link, "What Happened to the Progressive Movement in the 1920s?" AHR, LXIV (July 1959), pp. 833-851

Lynn Dumenil, The Modern Tempo, introduction and epilogue

George Marsden, Fundamentalism and American Culture, pp. 141-164

Ruth Schwartz Cowan, More Work for Mother, pp. 151-191

Paula Fass, The Damned and the Beautiful, Ch. 6

David Levering Lewis, ed., The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader, pp. xii-xli

William Appleman Williams, "The Legend of Isolationism in the 1920s," Science and Society, XVIII (Winter 1954), pp. 1-20

Akira Iriye, After Imperialism, pp. 1-22
Suggested reading:

Nathan Miller, New World Coming: The 1920s and the Making of Modern America

William Leuchtenberg, The Perils of Prosperity

David Burner, The Politics of Provincialism

Amity Shales, Coolidge

Irving Bernstein, The Lean Years

John Higham, Strangers in the Land

Nancy MacLean, Behind the Mask of Chivalry

Lynn Dumenil, The Modern Temper

Stanley Coben, Rebellion Against Victorianism: The Impetus for Cultural Change in 1920s America

Nathan Huggins, The Harlem Renaissance

David Levering Lewis, When Harlem Was in Vogue

Dorothy Brown, Setting a Course: American Women in the 1920s

Beth Bailey, From Front Porch to Back Seat

Joan Hoff Wilson, American Business and Foreign Policy
September 16 Depression

Required reading:

Joan Hoff Wilson, Herbert Hoover

Caroline Bird, The Invisible Scar, Chs. 1-3, 11, 13

Anthony Badger, The New Deal: The Depression Years, 1933-1940, p. 11-41

Nancy Woloch, Women and the American Experience, pp. 439-452

Catherine McNicol Stock, Main Street in Crisis, pp. 1-16, 206-207

Elliot Brownlee, Dynamics of Ascent, pp. 409-418

Robert Sklar, Movie-Made America, Ch. 11
Suggested reading:

David Kennedy, Freedom From Fear

Gene Smiley, Rethinking the Great Depression

Robert McElvaine, The Great Depression

Amity Shales, The Forgotten Man

Raymond Wolters, Negroes and the Great Depression

Susan Ware, Holding their Own: American Women in the 1930s

Lois Scharf, To Work or to Wed? Female Employment, Feminism, and the Great Depression

Donald Worster, Dust Bowl

Morris Dickstein, Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression

September 23 New Deal

Required reading:

Paul Conkin, The New Deal

William Leuchtenberg, The Roosevelt Reconstruction: Retrospect

Barton Bernstein, "The New Deal: The Conservative Achievements of Liberal Reform," in Barton Bernstein, ed., Towards a New Past

David Kennedy, Freedom from Fear, pp. 361-380

Jim Powell, FDR’s Folly, Introduction

Ira Katznelson, Fear Itself, pp. 3-25 (Introduction)

Cheryl Lynn Greenberg, To Ask for an Equal Chance, ch. 3

Susan Ware, "Women and the New Deal"

Graham D. Taylor, "The Indian New Deal"

Jennifer Luff, “Rethinking Interwar Conservatism, Communism, and State Repression,” Journal of the Historical Society, vol. XII, no. 2 June 2013, pp. 101-114

Suggested reading:

Frank Freidel, Franklin Roosevelt

William Leuchtenberg, Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal

Allan Winkler, Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Making of Modern America

H. W. Brands, Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt

Irving Bernstein, A Caring Society

Alan Brinkley, The End of Reform

Kim Phillips Fein, Invisible Hands

Nancy Weiss, Farewell to the Party of Lincoln

Ira Katznelson, When Affirmative Actions Was White

Mark Leff, The Limits of Symbolic Reform

Alan Brinkley, Voices of Protest

T. Harry Williams, Huey Long

Robert Cohen, When the Old Left Was Young

Richard Pells, Radical Vision and American Dreams

Susan Ware, Beyond Suffrage: Women in the New Deal

September 30 World War II

Required reading:

Paul Schroeder, The Axis Alliance and Japanese-American Relations, pp. 200-216

Robert Divine, Roosevelt and World War II, pp. 5-48

Robert Dallek, Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932-1945, chs. 9-11, Epilogue

Frederick Marks, Wind Over Sand, pp. 277-288

Allan Winkler, Home Front: USA

David Wyman, The Abandonment of the Jews, conclusion

Leisa Meyer, "Creating GI Jane: The Regulation of Sexuality and Sexual Behavior in the Women's Army Corps During World War II," Feminist Studies, vol. 18, no. 3 (Fall 1993), pp. 581-596
Suggested reading:

Gordon Prange, At Dawn We Slept

James MacGregor Burns, Roosevelt: Soldier of Freedom

Akira Iriye, Power and Culture

John Dower, War Without Mercy

Michael Adams, The Best War Ever

Arthur Herman, Freedom’s Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II

David Brinkley, Washington Goes to War

Patrick Washburn, A Question of Sedition

Roger Daniels, Prisoners Without Trial

Karen Anderson, Wartime Women

Susan Hartman, The Home Front and Beyond

Michael Davis, Politics as Usual: Thomas Dewey, Franklin Roosevelt, and the Wartime Presidential Campaign of 1944

Marilyn Hegarty, Victory Girls, Khaki-Wackies, and Prostitutes: The Regulation of Female Sexuality During World War II

October 7 Cold War

Required reading:

Thomas Paterson, On Every Front

Arnold Offner, “‘Another Such Victory’: President Truman, American Foreign Policy, and the Cold War,’” Diplomatic History, vol. 23, no. 2 (Spring 1999)

John Lewis Gaddis, We Now Know, pp. 27-46
Suggested reading:

Martin Sherwin, A World Destroyed

Frank Costigliola, Roosevelt’s Lost Alliances: How Personal Politics Helped Start the Cold War

Michael Neiberg, Potsdam

Fraser Harbutt, The Iron Curtain: Churchill, America and the Origins of the Cold War

Melvyn Leffler, A Preponderance of Power

John Lewis Gaddis, The Long Peace

Randall Woods and Howard Jones, Dawning of the Cold War

Thomas Paterson, Meeting the Communist Threat

Norman Graebner, The National Security: Its Theory and Practice, 1945-1960

Walter Isaacson and Evan Thomas, The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Built

John McNay, Acheson and Empire

October 14 Harry S. Truman and the Fair Deal

Required reading:

Robert Ferrell, Harry S. Truman and the Modern American Presidency, pp. 1-148

Richard Neustadt, "Congress and the Fair Deal: A Legislative Balance Sheet," Public Policy, V (1954), pp. 349-381

Barton Bernstein, "America in War and Peace: The Test of Liberalism," in Barton Bernstein, ed., Towards a New Past, pp. 289-312

Alonzo Hamby, "The Vital Center, the Fair Deal, and the Quest for a Liberal Political Economy,” American Historical Review, vol. 77 (June 1972), pp. 653-678

Ellen Schrecker, The Age of McCarthyism, pp. 1-94
Suggested reading:

Alonzo Hamby, Beyond the New Deal

Alonzo Hamby, A Man of the People

William Berman, The Politics of Civil Rights in the Truman Administration

Francis Heller, Economics and the Truman Administration

David Pietrusza, 1948

Thomas Divine, Henry Wallace’s 1948 Presidential Campaign and the Future of American Liberalism

Athan Theoharis, Seeds of Repression

Mary McAuliffe, Crisis on the Left

Thomas Reeves, the Life and Times of Joe McCarthy

Jeff Broadwater, Eisenhower and the Anticommunist Crusade

William Bragg Ewald, Who Killed Joe McCarthy?

Richard Fried, Nightmare in Red

John Haynes, Red Scare or Red Menace?

Allen Weinstein and Alexander Vassiliev, The Haunted Wood

Ronald Radosh and Allis Radosh, Red Star Over Hollywood

Wendy Wall, Inventing the American Way: The Politics of Consensus from the New Deal to the Civil Rights Movement

October 21 The Eisenhower Administration

Required reading:

Michael S. Mayer, Presidential Profiles: The Eisenhower Years, introduction

Michael S. Mayer, The Eisenhower Presidency and the 1950s, pp. viii-xviii, 3-153

Michael S. Mayer, "Eisenhower and the Southern Federal Judiciary: The Sobeloff Nomination," in Shirley Anne Warshaw, ed., Reexamining the Eisenhower Presidency, pp. 57-75

Iwan Morgan, "Eisenhower and the Balanced Budget," in Shirley Anne Warshaw, ed., Reexamining the Eisenhower Presidency, pp. 121-132
Suggested reading:

Stephen Ambrose, Eisenhower: The President

Shirley Anne Warshaw, ed., Reexamining the Eisenhower Presidency

Robert Griffith, "Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Corporate Commonwealth, AHR, 87 (February 1982), pp. 87-122

Elmo Richardson and Chester Pach, The Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower

William Bragg Ewald, Eisenhower the President

Steven Wagner, Eisenhower Republicanism

David Nichols, A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution

Tim Thurber, Republicans and Race

Richard Melanson and David Mayers, eds., Reevaluating Eisenhower: American Foreign Policy in the Fifties

Robert Bowie and Richard Immerman, Waging Peace

Richard Immerman, The CIA in Guatemala

Richard Immerman, ed., John Foster Dulles and the Diplomacy of the Cold War

Stephen Rabe, Eisenhower and Latin America

Melanie Billings Yun, Decision Against War
October 28 Post-War Society and Culture

Required reading:

Michael S. Mayer, The Eisenhower Presidency and the 1950s, pp. 157-226

Michael S. Mayer, "By the Bomb's Early Noir," Reviews in American History, vol. 26 (1998), pp. 778-785

James Gilbert, A Cycle of Outrage, pp. 3-23, 162-211

Paul Gottfried, The Conservative Movement, pp. 1-29

Carol George, God's Salesman, pp. 128-154
Suggested reading:

Godfrey Hodgson, The World Turned Rightside Up

William Graebner, The Age of Doubt

Richard Pells, The Liberal Mind in a Conservative Age

Lary May, Recasting America

Paul Carter, Another Part of the Fifties

Lizabeth Cohen, A Consumer’s Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America

Paul Boyer, By the Bomb's Early Light

Peter Biskind, Seeing is Believing

Cynthia Harrison, On Account of Sex

Rickie Solinger, Wake Up Little Susie

Henry May, Ideas, Faiths, and Feelings

George Nash, The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945

Lisa McGirr, Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right

November 4 New Frontier and Great Society

Required reading:

Bruce Schulman, Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism, pp. 5-123

Thomas Reeves, A Question of Character, ch. 18 (pp. 413-421)

Henry Fairlie, The Kennedy Promise, chapters 1, 7, 10

Thomas Paterson, Kennedy's Quest for Victory, pp. 3-23, 123-155

Suggested Reading:

G. Calvin Mackenzie and Robert Weisbrot, The Liberal Hour: Washington and the Politics of Change in the 1960s

Allen Matusow, The Unraveling of America

Thomas Reeves, A Question of Character

David Burner, John F. Kennedy and a New Generation

Robert Dallek, An Unfinished Life

Herbert Parmet, JFK: The Presidency of John F. Kennedy

James Giglio, The Presidency of John F. Kennedy

John Hellman, The Kennedy Obsession: The American Myth of JFK

Victor Navasky, Kennedy Justice

Michael Bechloss, The Crisis Years

Frederick Kempe, Berlin 1961

Robert Smith Thompson, The Missiles of October

Michael Dobbs, One Minute to Midnight

Robert Dallek, Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and his Times, 1961-1973

Sylvia Ellis, Freedom’s Pragmatist: Lyndon Johnson and Civil Rights

Jeff Shesol, Mutual Contempt: Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, and the Feud that Defined a Decade

Robert Alan Goldberg, Barry Goldwater

Walter McDougall, The Heavens and Earth
November 11 NO CLASS
November 18 Vietnam and “The Sixties”

Required reading:

Bruce Schulman, Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism, pp. 125-165

Allen Matusow, The Unraveling of America, pp. 275-375

Rosalind Rosenberg, Divided Lives, ch. 6

Rebecca Klatch, A Generation Divided, Introduction,

chs. 1, 4

Peter Braestrup, The Big Story, ch. 15 (“An Extreme Case”)

Peter Collier and David Horowitz, "Who Killed the Spirit of '68: or, The Day the 'Ramparts' Fell," Encounter (September/October 1985), pp. 69-73

Rick Perlstein, "Who Owns the Sixties?" Lingua Franca (May/June 1996), pp. 30-37

Mark Lytle, America’s Uncivil Wars, Introduction
Suggested Reading:

David Farber, The Age of Great Dreams: America in the 1960s

Klaus Fischer, America in Black, White, and Gray

George Herring, America's Longest War

Charles Nev, America’s Lost War

Pierre Asselin, Hanoi’s Road to the Vietnam War, 1954-1965

David Zierler, The Invention of Ecocide

John Bunzel, New Force on the Left

Godfrey Hodgson, America in Our Time

Clayborne Carson, In Struggle

Todd Gitlin, The Sixties

Maurice Isserman, If I Had a Hammer

Susan Braudy, Family Circle: The Boudins and the Aristocracy of the American Left

Aldon Morris, The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement

Sara Evans, Personal Politics

Alice Echols, Daring to be Bad: Radical Feminism in America, 1962-1975

Mary Brennan, Turning Right in the Sixties
December 2 Nixon and the 1970s

Required Reading:

Joan Hoff, Nixon Reconsidered, pp. 1-144

Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong, The Brethren, pp. 165-189, 229-240 (paperback, pp. 193-223, 271-284)

Bruce Schulman, The Seventies, chs. 3, 5

Mark Gerson and James Q. Wilson, The Essential Neo-Conservative Reader, introduction (pp. xii-xxviii)

Stanley Hoffman, "The Case of Dr. Kissinger," New York Review of Books, 1979

Walter Isaacson, Kissinger, pp. 760-767

Robert Kagan, review of William Bundy, A Tangled Web: The Making of Foreign Policy in the Nixon Presidency, in The New Republic, August 17 and 24, 1998

James T. Paterson, Restless Giant, chapters 1, 3, 4

Dennis Deslippe, “‘Do Whites Have Rights?’: White Detroit Policemen and ‘Reverse Discrimination’ Protests in the 1970s,” Journal of American History, vol 91, no. 3 (December 2004), pp. 932-960

Randall Rothenberg, The Neo-Liberals, pp. 40-78, 147-207

Suggested Reading:

Stephen Ambrose, Nixon (3 vols.)

Herbert Parmet, Richard Nixon and His America

Iwan Morgan, Nixon

Irwin Gellman, The Contender

J. Brooks Flippen, Nixon and the Environment

Stanley Kutler, The Wars of Watergate

Max Holland, Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat

David Garrow, Liberty and Sexuality

Richard Nixon, Memoirs (2 vols.)

Robert Dallek, Nixon and Kissinger

Henry Kissinger, The White House Years

Henry Kissinger, Years of Upheaval

Stephen Graubard, Kissinger: Portrait of a Mind

Philip Jenkins, Decade of Nightmares

Beth Baily and David Farber, eds., America in the Seventies

Bruce Schulman, The Seventies

Judith Stein, Pivotal Decade: How the United States Traded Factories for Finance in the Seventies

Robert Self, All in the Family: The Realignment of American Democracy Since the 1960s

John Robert Greene, The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford

Douglas Brinkley, Gerald R. Ford

Charles Jones, The Trusteeship Presidency: Jimmy Carter and the United States Congress

Peter Bourne, Jimmy Carter

Laura Kalman, Right Star Rising: A New Politics, 1974-1980

Gaddis Smith, Morality, Reason, and Power

Zbigniew Brzezinski, Power and Principle

Irving Kristol, Reflections of a Neo-Conservative
December 9 The Reagan Revolution and After

Required reading:

James Patterson, Restless Giant, chs. 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12

John Lewis Gaddis, The United States and the End of the Cold War, chapter 7

Jonathan Rauch, “Father Superior: Our Greatest Modern President,” The New Republic, May 22, 2000, pp. 22-25

Dick Morris, Behind the Oval Office, chapter 5

Robert J. Samuelson, “What the Boom Forgot,” The New Republic, May 3, 2004, pp. 26-35

Steven Gilon, That’s Not What We Meant to Do, introduction

“In the Climate Casino: An Exchange,” New York Review of Books, April 26, 2012, pp. 55-57

William Harper, “Global Warming Models Are Wrong Again,” Wall Street Journal, March 27, 2012

Jeffrey Goldgerg, “The Usual Suspect,” The New Republic, October 8, 2007, pp. 40-50

Andrew Bacevich, The Limits of Power, conclusion (pp. 170-182)

Aaron Friedberg, “The Unrealistic Realist, The New Republic, August 4, 2011, pp. 25-29

Suggested reading:

Michael Schaller and George Rising, the Republican Ascendancy: American Politics, 1968-2001

Sean Wilentz, The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008

John Ehrman, The Eighties: America in the Age of Reagan

William Berman, America's Right Turn: From Nixon to Bush

Gil Troy and Vincent Cannato, Living in the Eighties

Jules Tygiel, Ronald Reagan and the Triumph of American Conservatism

Kiron Skinner, Annelise Anderson, and Martin Anderson, eds., Reagan: A Life in Letters

Kiron Skinner, Annelise Anderson, and Martin Anderson, eds., Reagan in His Own Hand

Samuel Freedman, The Inheritance: How Three Families and America Moved from Roosevelt to Reagan and Beyond

William Hyland, ed., The Reagan Foreign Policy

Michael Bechloss and Strobe Talbott, At the Highest Levels: The Inside Story of the End of the Cold War

Theodore Draper, A Very Thin Line

Bincent Blasi, The Burger Court

Sidney Blumenthal, The Rise of the Counter-Establishment

Thomas Ferguson and Joel Rogers, Right Turn

Irving Kristol, Reflections of a Neoconservative

Jack Germond and Jules Whitcover, Mad as Hell: Revolt at the Ballot Box, 1992

Michael Duffy and Dan Goodgame, Running in Place: The Status Quo Presidency of George Bush

Charles Kolb, White House Daze: The Unmaking of Domestic Policy in the Bush Years

Timothy Naftali, George H. W. Bush

William O’Neill, A Bubble in Time: America During the Interwar Years, 1989-2001

David Maranis, First in His Class

Nigel Hamilton, Bill Clinton

Howard Kortz, Spin Cycle

Steven Gillon, The Pact

George Stephanopoulus, All Too Human

Bob Woodward, The Commanders

Bob Woodward, The Agenda

Michael Isikoff, Uncovering Clinton

Kevin Phillips, Boiling Point

Jeffrey Toobin, Too Close to Call

James Mann, George W. Bush

Bob Woodward, Bush at War

David Frum, The Right Man

Gary Gregg and Mark Rozell, Considering the Bush Presidency

John Heileman and Mark Halpern, Game Change

Bob Woodward, The Price of Politics

Edward Klein, The Amateur

David Maraniss, Barak Obama

December 16 Culture and Society Since the 1970s

Required Reading:

James Patterson, Restless Giant, chs. 2, 8, 9

Tim Groseclose, Left Turn: How Liberal Bias Distorts the American Mind, preface, chs. 6, 16

Richard Sander and Stewart Taylor, Mismatch, preface, chs. 1, 6

Sandra Vance and Ray Scott, "Sam Walton and Wall-Mart Stores, Inc.: A Study in Modern Southern Entrepreneurship," Journal of Southern History, vol 58 (May 1992), pp. 231-252

Steven Levitt, Freakonomics, ch. 4

Peter Sacks, Generation X Goes to College, ch. 11

David Brooks, Bobos in Paradise

Suggested Reading:

Philip Jenkins, Decade of Nightmares

Judith Stein, Pivotal Decade: How the United States Traded Factories for Finance in the Seventies

Gil Troy and Vincent Cannato, Living in the Eighties

Anthony Lukas, Common Ground

Christopher Lasch, The Culture of Narcissism

Christopher Lasch, The Revolt of the Elites

Charles Murray, Losing Ground

Michael Lewis, The Culture of Inequality

Philip Green, The Pursuit of Inequality

Marvin Olasky, The Tragedy of American Compassion

William Julius Wilson, When Work Disappears

Jonathan Kaufman, Broken Alliance

Shirley Rogers Radl, The Invisible Woman

Susan Faludi, Backlash

Naomi Wolf, Fire with Fire

Daphne Patai and Noretta Koertge, Professing Feminism

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., The Disuniting of America

Robert Hughes, Culture of Complaint

Stephan Thernstrom and Abigail Thernstrom, America in Black and White

John McWhorter, Losing the Race

Robert Putnam, Bowling Alone

Thomas Friedman, The World Is Flat

Bernard Goldberg, Bias

Susan Jacoby, The Age of American Unreason

Bethany Moreton, To Serve God and Wal-Mart

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