Spring 2024 History GU4509 section 001


US in the World 1970s

Call Number 18945
Day & Time
R 12:10pm-2:00pm
302 Hamilton Hall
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required Instructor
Instructor Michael Franczak
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

The 1970s were a pivotal decade for the United States, both as a society and a superpower. Runaway spending and an energy crisis brought on the worst recession since the 1930s, revealing the tenuous basis of American prosperity and ending the spectacular “postwar boom.” The Vietnam War’s conclusion and revelations of CIA perfidies prompted soul-searching and eventually human rights as a new justification for U.S. foreign policy, yet those rights—and who deserved them—remained unclear. A radical “New Left” and “New Right” challenged the political center, each with lasting (though disproportionate) impacts on American politics.

This course will explore these and other major changes in American society and foreign relations in the 20th century through the lens of  the 1970s. Familiarity with the contours of post-1945 American and/or international history is useful, but there are no requirements beyond an interest in the readings, topics, and current affairs.

Web Site Vergil
Department History
Enrollment 17 students (20 max) as of 9:06PM Tuesday, July 23, 2024
Subject History
Number GU4509
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Section key 20241HIST4509W001