HIS 174D America in the 1980s

History 174D examines the political, economic, social, and cultural history of the United States during the 1980s, one of the most tumultuous and controversial decades in popular memory.
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Faculty

Cecilia Tsu

Units

4

Prerequisites

None

Quarters

Winter 2017

Description

This course examines the political, economic, social, and cultural history of the United States during the 1980s, one of the most tumultuous and controversial decades in popular memory.  Topics include the rise of a new conservative movement, the collapse of the Cold War, growing economic inequality, changing family and gender values, the impact of new influxes of immigrants and refugees, and popular culture in the era of action heroes, cable television, and MTV.  We will draw on primary documents—political speeches, newspaper articles, films, song lyrics, music videos, and fiction,—and consider the ways in which scholars have analyzed this recent history.