HIST104 - BOOKS THAT CHANGED MODERN AMERICA

Description: 
Why have some books had a profound impact on their times? How have they articulated an issue, focused debate, captured public attention, and spurred action? In this seminar, we will read a group of books that changed the modern United States. The Jungle, Silent Spring, The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, The Feminine Mystique, The Grapes of Wrath, Conscience of a Conservative: These are among the books that mobilized Americans to demand food safety and a safer environment, adopt new childrearing practices, redefine traditional gender roles, develop greater awareness of poverty, and rethink their politics. We will do close readings of these and other texts, and examine the history of each book as a book: its place within the author’s life and work, its publishing history, critical reception, and readers’ responses. Finally, we will consider the broader historical contexts in which the work was written, to assess its impact on American culture, society, and politics. This seminar is for Ben Franklin Scholar Freshmen only.
Instructors: 
PEISS, KATHY
Day and Time: 
TR 0130PM-0300PM
Activity: 
SEM
Cross Listings: 
    Registration Notes: 
    FRESHMAN SEMINAR; BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SEMINARS