HIST114 - 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 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 approach these and other works in three ways: We will do close readings of each text; examine the history of each book, including its publishing history, critical reception, and readers’ responses; and consider the broader historical contexts in which the work was written. This is a Benjamin Franklin Scholars Seminar.
Instructors: 
PEISS, KATHY
Day and Time: 
T 0130PM-0430PM
Room: 
VAN PELT LIBRARY 626
Activity: 
SEM
Cross Listings: 
    Registration Notes: 
    FRESHMAN SEMINAR; BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SEMINARS
    • Major Concentrations: American
    • Major/Minor requirements fulfilled: US