AMCULT 348 - History of American Radicalism
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Starting with abolitionism and early women's rights, this course examines 150 years in the development of a modern Left in the U.S., highlighting labor-based radicalism as well as militant protest by people of color, feminists, antiwar activists, disaffected youth, and other liberation advocates of the latter 20th century, culminating with recent "anti-globalization" activism. This will be a general-interest course drawing students from within and without the History concentration. It examines a special topic not otherwise examined in depth by existing department offerings, yet one which has some enduing fascination for young people. It also covers a broad swath of time in the American past (roughly 1820s through the present). While having this kind of audience appeal, it can also serve as entry to advanced research by department majors in senior theses or other subsequent study, since there is still a burgeoning literature in the history of social movements and public dissent that invites further research.

A general history of radical movements that were intended to challenge varied forms of inequality, domination, exploitation, or violence, and to foster some kind of emancipatory reconstruction of American life and government. With some attention to early forms of artisans´ and workingmen´s radicalism, as well as the antebellum abolitionist and women´s rights movement, we will focus on the development and the fate of a modern Left — from the labor, anarchist, socialist, and communist movements through the Black freedom struggle and the New Left of the 1960s, feminism, and beyond. We will try to understand the aspirations and ideas, forms of organization and activism, dilemmas and weaknesses, relations to mainstream politics and repressive authority, successes and failures in each of these cases. The course will conclude with a study of radicalism in the late 20th century, from women's, environmentalist, and antiwar activism of the 1980s to the organization of street protests in response to "globalization," signaled dramatically in Seattle, early December 1999 — and we will consider the recent condition of a Left at low ebb.

Intended Audience: Mid-level undergraduates having some basic knowledge of American history, including sophomore and junior History majors as well as non-History majors sophomore through senior.

AMCULT 348 - History of American Radicalism
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
28533
Open
11
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Meets with POLSCI 389
002 (DIS)
P
28534
Open
2
 
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W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
28535
Open
3
 
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
28536
Open
0
 
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
31634
Open
0
 
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
31635
Open
3
 
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W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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