Waseda University

Social History of Postwar America


Iowa State Course Substitution

CH E SSH Elective

CH E SSH Elective

Course Info

International Credits: 4.0
Converted Credits: 4.0
Country: Japan
Language: English
Course Description:
This course presents American history as more than government politics and war, names and dates to remember. It is about working Americans who played a crucial role in shaping modern America, what they thought, what they did, and what happened to them. As part of this endeavor, this course surveys the social history of America from 1865 to the present. This class will emphasize major themes and important ideas. Four periods stand out in this history. First, the nation was in the midst of a new cultural era by the 1920s, frequently labeled as “modern”. Confronted with the Depression in the 1930s, World WarⅡ, and early Cold War, Americans sought to create a united front in the 1950s, an “American Way of Life” that contained aspects of both modern and traditional ways. As in no previous era, the 1960s then challenged nearly all authority and resulted in a new individualism that emphasized personal happiness, as older family, community, and political ties weakened. Into the global millennium America was more racially and ethnically diverse ever, while critics raised concerns abut the integration of markets, finance, and technology. To help students synthesize the readings and documentaries, I will assign study guides for students to review and respond to issues.


Evaluation Date:
November 17, 2016
Kevin Hill

No ISU equivalent but the course may be used for social science/humanities general education or elective credit