History 196S.07 – AMERICAN DREAMS/AMERICAN REALITIES
This seminar will examine the role of such myths as “rags to riches,” “beacon to the world,” the “frontier” and the “foreign devil” in defining the American character and determining the hopes, fears, dreams and actions of people throughout American History. In addition to selected short readings, students will examine closely Arthur M. Schlesinger’s “The Disuniting of America,” David Potter’s “People of Plenty,” David Halberstam’s, “The Fifties,” John Hellmanns’, “American Myth and the Legacy of Viet Nam,” and Robert A. Rosenbloum and Gerald L. Wilson’s “The Value of Myth, Mythic Aspects of American History” (Course Pak).
(M W 11:40 – 12:55), Soc Psy 128.
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