American Studies 101 AC The Age of Monopoly
- day and time MTW 12-3
- location 155 Kroeber
- instructor Kathleen Moran
- 4 Units
- Class # 14093
Summer 2019 Session A
SATISFIES THE AMERICAN STUDIES MAJOR “TIME” AND PRE-1900 REQUIREMENTS AND THE UNIVERSITY’S AMERICAN CULTURES REQUIREMENT
This course will consider the making of modern American culture between the end of the Civil War and the start of the First Great Depression. In these years the United States transformed itself from an isolated and agrarian nation into the richest, most urbanized nation in the world. These enormous changes were driven by the astonishing growth of industrial and finance capitalism into a vast corporate empire of monopolies in money, steel, tobacco, movies, food, oil, electricity, organized crime, etc. With this corporate growth and concentration came tremendous social, political, racial and sexual conflicts characterized by the clash of labor and capital, the triumph of Jim Crow white supremacy, the mass immigration of workers from Asia, Mexico and Europe, the cataclysmic end to 400 years of Indian Wars, the growing womans movement, and the vibrant outbreak of radical social movements demanding a cooperative commonwealth.
This class will consider the economic and political changes of the Age of Monopoly through a study of its culture, for it was this half-century that gave birth to modern American culture in the form of illustrated magazines and comic strips, world’s fairs and amusement parks, Wild West shows and vaudeville, the advertising and public relations industry, window shopping and department stores, skyscrapers and national parks, military buildups and IQ tests, talk radio and Jazz music, automobiles and suburbs, and most importantly, the Hollywood movie.