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HIST 4942 Senior Seminar: Containment Culture: America Society During the Early Cold War (Fall: 4 )

Course Description

The cold war is ancient history for today's undergraduates. If they think about America's crusade against international communism at all, they conceive of it as a series of diplomatic and military actions, a foreign-policy phenomenon. Yet the cold war also influenced America's domestic social order, shaping journalism, education, art, politics, and popular entertainment. This course examines a broad sweep of mid-century American culture, from the Beats to National Review, from Bishop Sheen to Mickey Spillane. It acquaints students with how the cold war conditioned what Americans said, thought, wrote, heard, read, and viewed in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Seth Jacobs

Prerequisites: Any two semesters of HS 001 through HS 094; HS 300 The Study and Writing of History.

Cross listed with:

Comments: Senior History Major Standing

Last Updated: 24-Jun-17