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HSTRY 388 C: Colloquium: Introduction to History

Meeting Time: 
MW 2:30pm - 3:50pm
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Margaret O'Mara, Howard & Frances Keller Professor of History, University of Washington
Margaret O'Mara

Syllabus Description:

Collage of images from 1968  

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. 

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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

Catalog Description: 
Introduction to the discipline of history for new or prospective majors. Emphasizes the basic skills of reading, analysis, and communication (both verbal and written) that are central to the historian's craft. Each seminar discusses a different subject or problem.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
January 23, 2021 - 2:10am