Summary: Lectures from History 132 (US since 1865), taught at the University of Alaska Southeast, spring semester 2007. Survey of the political, social, cultural and economic history of the United States since the Civil War.
At last. No good explanation for why this has taken so long -- end of the semester laziness, most likely. The lecture itself is short and covers a lot of ground; also, I delivered the lecture with my year-old daughter in my left arm. A difficult feat. Thanks for listening....
More than disco. Lecture covers the political transformations leading to the rise of the New Right; Carter presidency; and the Iranian hostage crisis.
Destroy the country in order to save it.
Not a good war.
Direct action and other new tactics for the civil rights campaigns.
Lecture covers the "rediscovery of poverty" and Johnson's effort to "make war" (sort of) on economic inequality. We look at the modest successes and long-term inadequacies of the anti-poverty measures.
The second Reconstruction. This lecture addresses the origins of the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s.
Massive retaliation! This lecture examines the foreign policy of the Eisenhower years, with a focus on the emergence of the Middle East as a region of special importance to the US after WWII. The beginning of the lecture makes reference to "Duck and Cover," a short animated clip that can be watched here. We also watch part of a documentary on "Operation Cue," which took place in 1955. You can watch part of that film here.
I hate talking to myself. This is a short lecture covering the domestic politics of the 1940s and early 1950s -- Truman, McCarthyism, and suburbanization especially.
Long time, no see. I was out of town last week and had to record this lecture in my elaborate home studio. For some reason I was having trouble loading the audio to the server, which explains the delay. This lecture covers the early years of the Cold War -- the doctrine of containment, the increasingly tense rivalry between the US and the Soviet Union, and the Korean War are among the topics examined . . .
The rest of the story. In this lecture, we consider the meaning of World War II on the home front and look at the escalating violence that marked the final year of the war.
Back from break. This lecture addresses the origins of the second World War and examines the factors that led to US entry into the war.
Note to self -- always check batteries. For the third time this semester, I goofed with the recording technology. The first 30 minutes is from the lecture itself, while the last hour was recorded in my home studio, which doubles as a living room. This lecture covers the broad features of FDR's New Deal, with an emphasis on its mixed legacy for different groups.
Brother, Can you Spare a Dime? Lecture covers the origins of the Great Depression, the consequences for different groups of Americans, and the political outcomes for Hoover and Roosevelt.
Here's the next lecture. No time to describe it . . . Too much to do today. Lots of stuff about the KKK and the so-called "culture wars" of the 1920s.