LET-GESB962
Who built America? (2) Change and struggle in the social history of the United States (1877 - present)
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-GESB962
Credits (ECTS)5
Category-
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; History;
Lecturer(s)
Lecturer
S.J. Edouard, MA
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Examiner
prof. dr. J. Kok
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Lecturer
prof. dr. J. Kok
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Coordinator
prof. dr. J. Kok
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. J. Kok
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Academic year2021
Period
PER 3  (31/01/2022 to 10/04/2022)
Starting block
PER 3
Course mode
full-time
RemarksAccessible to exchange students
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
After completing the course:
  • you have gained insight in the lives and historical roles of common people, their conflicts of interests and their political and ideological representations in the history of the United States, from the late 19th century until about the 1970s;
  • you are able to offer an analysis, both individually and in groups, of several relevant topics, including the absence of socialism in America, the nature of Prohibition, the rise of urban ghetto's and the Civil Rights movements, using literature and online source collections;
  • you are able to present the results of their research in written and oral presentations. 
Content
In the second Volume of  Who built America?  the American history is approached once more from the perspective of groups and group struggle, such as women, workers and migrants. How to interpret the new social contradictions (wealth and poverty, work and unemployment, civl rights and continued discrimination) which these groups experienced during a period of  rapid industrialization and urbanization? How important were trade unions and  how and why did social security  improve in the first decades of the twentieth century? How did American society respond to the Great Depression?  What were the social effects of America's active role in the two World Wars and how did the society respond to the threat of Communism? After the Second World War, a civil rights movement emerged; leading to improvements in the lot of blacks, native Americans and others, but also to strong rightist 'backlashes'. In Western Europe social tensions were more or less neutralized in welfare states - how and why were the United States different?
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Assumed previous knowledge
Note for exchange students:
You cannot take this course if your English proficiency level is not at least B2 (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or Cambridge). A statement from your home university won't be accepted.

Required materials
Book
Title:Who built America? Volume two: From Reconstruction to the Present
Publisher:Third Edition Boston/New York 2008
Edition:3
Websites
Title:Internet texts

Instructional modes
Lecture

Seminar
Attendance MandatoryYes

Tests
Written Exam
Test weight100
Test typeWritten exam
OpportunitiesBlock PER 3, Block PER 4, Block PER 4

Minimum grade
5,5