Diversity in US History

This course examines the significance of diversity in U.S. history from Civil War to the present. Using primary sources, historians interpretations, and film, we will study the interplay of cultural ideas, laws, government policies, industrial capitalism, changing demographics, and social activism in shaping access to freedom, wealth, equality, and "the good life" in American society, past and present. Why have some groups generally enjoyed privileges and power, while others have faced varying degrees of oppression We will look to the past to better understand the roots of contemporary inequalities, attitudes, policies, and conflicts, especially as they relate to gender, ethnicity, race, and class. LDW, HA