HIST 498 (01) - Explorations of Historical Perspectives

Expl Hist Perspectives

Durham   Liberal Arts :: History
Online Course Delivery Method: Online Asynchronous
Credits: 4.0
Term: Summer 2024 - Summer Session IV (06/24/2024 - 07/26/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   35  
CRN: 70965
In-depth exploration of a particular historical question or topic: for example, the French Revolution, Chaucer's England, or the New Deal. Students should consult with the Department of History for a list of topics and instructors. Course meets the History major requirements for Group I, II, or III, depending on the topic.
Section Comments: The Roaring `20s: Becoming Modern in the U.S.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Attributes: Online (no campus visits), Historical Perspectives(Disc), EUNH
Instructors: Lucy Salyer

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
6/24/2024 7/26/2024 Hours Arranged ONLINE
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Fulfills Historical Perspectives Discovery requirement; History Major/Minor Elective

“The world broke in two in 1922 or thereabouts.”  So said the novelist Willa Cather, capturing the view of many Americans that the 1920s ushered in a distinctly modern age.  Everything seemed new and exciting: automobiles, radios, ‘moving pictures’, Harlem jazz clubs, flappers, speakeasies, skyscrapers.  But not all Americans embraced modernity.  The resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan, racial violence, the Scopes “Monkey” Trial, the Red Scare, massive immigration restrictions, a widening generation gap, debates over the “new woman” – all revealed deep cultural divides in what some have called an “age of anxiety.  Relying heavily on a variety of cultural sources of the era – films, famous trials, literature, art, advertisements, cartoons,  commentaries – we will explore the tensions and contradictions of the 1920s as Americans struggled over what becoming “modern” meant for their personal lives, and for the nation as a whole.