- The Great Depression legitimized the federal government's active interventions into the various aspects of American lives. Spearheaded by the New Deal and then expanded by subsequent welfare programs, the era of lassez-faire was supplanted by the government regulation, protection, and guarantee of rights and entitlements. The international leadership of the United States during the Second World War and Cold War rendered harsh realities of various forms of inequalities and lofty rhetoric of democracy and freedom at odds. The civil rights movements struggled to finish what Reconstruction had started by challenging racial segregation and discrimination. While student activists, feminists, and anti-war protesters presented radical critique of the mainstream American culture and politics, the counterculture movements rejected them. The increasing U.S. interventions into Vietnam further fragmented American society and undermined the country's credibility as the sentinel of freedom at home and abroad.
- The reading of the narrative textbook (GML) with chapter quiz and video lectures will introduce students to the key concepts, descriptions of peoples, ideas, and movements, and in-depth knowledge of historical events. The discussion textbook (TTP) and supplementary document or video will encourage students to evaluate primary sources as well as historians' arguments.
- Develop students' own opinions about historical events, taking into account such determining factors as motivation, causation, and interpretation.
- Develop historical research and writing skills such as critical thinking, writing proficiency, and verbal literacy.
- Identify several large-scale transformations in the nation's social, political, and cultural history as the making and unmaking of New Deal America shaped the mid-20th century American lives.
- Develop understanding of the diverse experiences of social groups of different ethnicity, races, and genders.