HIST204 - 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 arguably 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. Class meetings will center on the close reading of these and other books. In addition, we will 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. Suggested readings will also present the broader historical contexts in which the work was written. We will not only analyze each work for its meaning and significance, but also try to determine the impact it had on culture, society, and politics in the United States.
Instructors: 
PEISS, KATHY
Day and Time: 
W 0200PM-0500PM
Room: 

VAN PELT LIBRARY 626

Activity: 
SEM
Cross Listings: 
    Registration Notes: 
    MAJORS ONLY