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Código: HIST-0000B
Área del conocimiento: CIENCIAS SOCIALES
Disciplina: HISTORIA
Área geográfica: ESTADOS UNIDOS
Tema: Cultura


  This course explores the dreams, tensions, and struggles of post-World War II America through their (cultural) expression in a range of primary sources: essays, speeches, literature, music, film, TV, architecture, and the like. It is a curso tipo I, which means it will be taught entirely in English. As the United States assumed leadership of the ¿free world¿ in the wake of World War II, Americans basked in their self-proclaimed national exceptionalism. Cutting edge consumer-good manufacturing consolidated a white middle class, propelled suburban expansion, and gave birth to a vibrant youth culture. Yet undercurrents of doubt and dissension soon rose to the surface to question the post-war return to normalcy and to struggle for a more inclusive American dream. From Beat poets to ¿sex, drugs, and rock and roll,¿ the country¿s suburban youth rejected their conformist upbringing and challenged the nation¿s geopolitical interests. The civil rights movement gathered momentum, exploding in a rage of fury during the hot summer of ¿68. And feminists, emboldened by the pill, fought to overturn traditional gender roles. Ironically, as the economic downturn of the 1970s pushed more and more women into the labor force, an existential malaise began to seep through the country. With the ¿me-generation,¿ counter-culture turned narcissistic, and working-class angst fed into a politics of reaction. The 1980s solidified this conservative turn, glorifying individualism, selfreliance, and family values. Deregulation unleashed Wall Street greed and spurred deindustrialization, driving a wedge into the heart of the middle class. As yuppies discovered organic, baby carrots, drugs and despair took over the inner city. Middle class dreams persisted, but visions of how to rebuild that ¿city upon hill¿ veered ever further apart. As the sun sets upon the American empire, the bridge between the urban 2 enclaves of multicultural hipsters-cum-liberal do-gooders and the coalition of suburban soccer moms, rust-belt nationalists, and the hinterland evangelicals might be irreparable.

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