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HSTAA 345 A: US Political and Economic History, 1920 - present

Margaret Hamilton in an Apollo Command Module
Meeting Time: 
TTh 3:30pm - 4:50pm
Location: 
CMU 230
SLN: 
15478
Instructor:
Margaret O'Mara, Howard & Frances Keller Professor of History, University of Washington
Margaret O'Mara

Syllabus Description:

Moon Landing July 1969

The political and economic evolution of the United States from 1920-2020. Major themes and topics include:

* national politics, major political figures and institutions, and dynamics of partisan change

* business history from the golden age of manufacturing to the era of Big Tech

* how policy shapes markets, and vice versa

* the Cold War and its political and economic legacy

* catalysts for, and the political and economic impact of, foreign immigration and refugee policy

* economic and political effects of demographic change, from the Baby Boom to Gen Z

Course workload:  two 80-min lectures, weekly discussion posts, midterm, final, ongoing in-class and online writing and research exercises. 

Catalog Description: 
Places modern America in historical perspective, using primary and secondary historical sources to examine key people and events who made this history from the 1920s to the present. Themes include: changing role of government; electoral and partisan change; populism and grassroots activism; markets and corporations; labor force trends; and the social and political impact of technology. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received for HSTAA 235.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
December 11, 2019 - 9:13pm
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