This course covers the history of the United States from the conclusion of World War I to about 1991. Among the main subject areas are the cultural and economic changes of the 1920s, the onset of the Great Depression, and the reform program of Roosevelt's New Deal. Other topics include the causes and consequences of World War II and U.S. global policies that included the Cold War and conflicts in Korea and Vietnam. The course also covers the roots of social change, particularly the drive for African-American civil rights and the movement for women's rights. Attention will be given to the political crisis of Watergate, the conclusion of the Cold War, and the effort to structure new, post-Cold War political and commercial relations.
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