Prof. Margaret O’Mara (she/her/hers) - University of Washington - Spring 2021
Welcome! This is an undergraduate seminar considering an extraordinary single year in American history, 1968, and the social, political, and economic transformations it wrought.
Quick links to readings and assignments, week by week:
Week One - the Tet Offensive and the American war in Vietnam
Week Two - McCarthy, Johnson and the remaking of the Democratic Party
Week Three - Martin Luther King, Jr., urban uprisings, and racial justice & injustice
Week Four - youth movements and the counterculture
Week Five - Nixon's makeover, Wallace's rage, and the changing Republican Party
Week Six - "the whole world is watching"
Week Seven - freeway revolts and technological revolts
Week Eight - the broader fight for liberation: radical feminism, the Chicano movement, and more
Week Nine - Merry Christmas from the Moon
Week Ten - the legacies of 1968
Exam Week - final research paper