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The American Experience Since 1945




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course is an overview of the principal social, political, economic, and global events which have shaped the American experience since World War II. Understanding modern American history is a necessity in today's ever-changing world. This course aims to supply the tools for understanding current political, social, cultural, and economic problems in the U.S. by applying a historical perspective to analyze contemporary issues.



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American Society in the Cold War Era: 1945–1960

  • Identify how Cold War policies affected the American society.
  • Explain American Cold War policies, practices, and events in the late 1940s and 1950s.
  • Recognize popular culture and consumerism during the Eisenhower years.

Cultural Transformations of the Sixties: 1960–1973

  • Discuss the domestic and foreign policies during the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations.
  • Identify events and individuals in the Civil Rights movement and the contributions of those involved.
  • Explore major social movements and trends of the 1960s and early 1970s.

Economic, Political, and Social Adversity Challenges a Nation: 1973–1980

  • Describe Carter’s presidency and his approach to domestic and foreign policy issues.
  • Outline the major social and cultural transformations during the 1970s decade.
  • Identify how media culture reflected American society in the 1970s.

The Reagan Revolution: 1980–1992

  • Examine Ronald Reagan’s social, political, and economic views.
  • Explain the role Reagan played in ending the Cold War, and discuss the legacy left for the
  • United States, Russia, and the world.
  • Examine the foreign policy actions, interventions, and militarization of the Reagan administration.

New Global Challenges and Opportunities: 1992 – Present

  • Explain Clinton’s moderate domestic policies and his administration’s policy on U.S. intervention around the world.
  • Summarize the social, political, and economic opportunities and challenges of American society in the new millennium.
  • Identify how the War on Terror transformed modern U.S. foreign policy under Bush and Obama.


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