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Mark C. Smith


Associate ProfessorPh.D., American Studies, 1980, University of Texas at Austin

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Biography


Research interests

His main research interests are the history of social science and the cultural history of alcohol and drugs.

Courses taught

His major teaching fields are American cultural and social history, especially of the twentieth century.

Courses


HIS 350R • Amer Cul Hist Alchl/Drugs

39360 • Fall 2016
Meets TTH 5:00PM-6:30PM BUR 436A

Lectures, discussion, reading, and research on selected topics in the field of United States history.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and six semester hours of coursework in history.

Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American history.

History 350L and 350R may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

 

 


AMS 355 • Main Curr Of Amer Cul To 1865

29875 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM BUR 130
(also listed as HIS 355N)

"Who is this new man, this American?" Hector St. John de Crevecoeur

 

In many ways, what we now call the United States began as a national entity as a blank slate.  As late as two hundred years ago, there was no conception of what it meant to be American.  Yet, within seventy-five years, this entity would fight its most bloody and vicious war ever over insistence upon this very identity.

 

This course traces the concept of the American identity in cultural terms from the time of first settlements up until the Civil War.  We will study not politics per se but political ideas and institutions as well as such subjects as religion, work, gender roles, race, painting, literature, philosophy, the law, and social reform.  Throughout the course and especially in the assigned reading the emphasis will be upon the interaction of the lives of ordinary people including women, Native Americans, ethnic immigrants, and African Americans and the newly developing ideas and institutions that helped create this new American identity.  The books, indeed, will all be about very specific ordinary people—except for the very extraordinary Frederick Douglass—and the impact of a rapidly changing society upon their lives.

 

Requirements

There will three exams with the first counting slightly less than the final two.  Both will consist of identification and essay questions.

 

Possible Texts

William Cronon Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England

James Horn A Land as God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America

Alfred Young, The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution

Laurel Taylor Ulrich A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary,1785-1812

Carol Sheriff, The Artificial River: The Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress

Paul Johnson, Sam Patch, the Famous Jumper

Frederick Douglass, A Narrative of the Life of

HIS 350R • Amer Cul Hist Alchl/Drugs

38720 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BUR 436A

Lectures, discussion, reading, and research on selected topics in the field of United States history.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and six semester hours of coursework in history.

Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American history.

History 350L and 350R may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

 

 


AMS 390 • End Of Amer Innocence, 1900-20

30100 • Fall 2015
Meets T 3:00PM-6:00PM BUR 436B
(also listed as HIS 389)

Graduate standing required. Permission from instructor required.

T C 357 • Prohibition And Drug Wars

42410 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM CRD 007B

Prohibition and Drug Wars—W

Americans' relationship with drugs has always been a curious one. As staunch individualists we have pronounced our right to control our body in whatever way we please. Yet, simultaneously, we recognize the potential power drugs have to take away this very same individuality. We treat our addiction alternately as a consequence of our environment and then as free choice. Such duality leads to cyclical periods of Americans declaring that drugs are the ultimate evil and then stating that drugs do no harm at all. Consequently, American society has witnessed a number of historical periods which merit the appellation “drug war” followed by times of relative calm.

Although the emphasis differs from one period to the next, they all share common themes:  lawlessness and disrespect for the law, increased price and demand for drugs; moralistic rhetoric, and huge increases in prison population. Yet, political and cultural opposition to alcohol prohibition always existed as did support for it. The historical use of alcohol in American society served as a normalizing function. Yet illegal drugs today do not have such support. Does this mean that this cycle will go on forever, and we will continue to pour money down this sinkhole? Is there a possibility that America can transcend history and achieve a truly drug-free age? Or, indeed, do prohibition movements take place only under certain historical circumstances and will this drug war end with a change in circumstances?  And what has happened in the last five years with marijuana and does that throw off all our previous assumptions.

 

Readings

Michael Lerner Dry Manhattan: Prohibition in New York City

Joseph Spillaine, Cocaine: From Medical Marvel to Modern Menace in the United States

Nate Blakeslee Tulia: Cocaine, Race and Corruption in a Small Texas Town

Charles Bowden Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields

Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition

Five scheduled in-class films

Course Packet of about 250 pages at Jenn’s Copying Dean Keaton and Guadalupe

 

Requirements

This class contains a substantial writing component.

 

Two reading quizzes: 20%

One short paper (3-5 pages): 10%                                        

Class participation: 30%

One research paper (15-20 pages): 40%

 

About the Professor

Mark Smith teaches in the American Studies and History departments. Before coming to the University of Texas, he taught for a number of years overseas in Germany, Japan, and Finland. In addition to his degrees in American Studies, he has a masters degree in Social Work from the University of Texas and has worked as an alcohol and drug counselor. He has written Social Science in the Crucible: The American Debate over Objectivity and Purpose, 1918-1941 and is currently working on a comparative study of drug policy during the Prohibition years in the United States, Finland, and Sweden. He has won several teaching and advising awards from the college and university. He admits to living and dying with the Boston Red Sox.

AMS 370 • Amer Cul Hist Alchl/Drugs

31005 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BUR 436B
(also listed as HIS 350R)

Most scholars of alcohol and drug use have concentrated upon its physiological aspects.  It is clear that addiction and craving have a physical and, in many cases, even a genetic basis.  Yet, as many anthropologists and sociologists have pointed out, cultures directly affect the types of drugs used, how they are used, and for what purposes.  In addition, one can examine a culture's drug use and attitude toward it and often discover a great deal about its functioning and values.  Thus, drug use is not only a cultural product but also a key social and historical descriptor.  In this course, we will study both how American culture affected the use of drugs and attitudes toward them and how these serve as keys to the changing American intellectual, social, and political landscape.  We will especially concentrate on alcohol, the opiates, marijuana, metamphetamines, and crack cocaine. We will note that the War on Drugs has been taking place for many years.

Topics to be considered include proliferation of alcohol abuse in the early Republic, the fight over cigarettes, the Prohibition movement, criminalization of drugs, Alcoholics Anonymous and treatment, medical response to addiction, and the drug war and the issue of legalization.

This course may be used to fulfill three hours of the U.S. history component of the university core curriculum and addresses the following four core objectives established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: communication skills, critical thinking skills, personal responsibility, and social responsibility.

 

Requirements

Short analytical papers                           5% each

Longer analytical paper                          10%

Two reading quizzes                              15% each

Class participation                                25%

15 to 20 page research paper                  30%

 

Possible Texts

Michael Lerner, Dry Manhattan: Prohibition in New York City

Nate Blakeslee, Tulia: Cocaine, Race, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town

Nick Reding, Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town

Phillipe Bourgois and Jeffrey Schoenberg, Rigteous Dopefiends

Charles Bowden, Murder City: Cuidad Juarez and the Global Economy

Reading Packet

 

Upper-division standing required.  Partially fulfills legislative requirement in American History.  Students may not enroll in more than two AMS 370 courses in one semester.

Flag(s): Writing, Independent Inquiry

AMS 355 • Main Curr Of Amer Cul To 1865

31175 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BUR 220
(also listed as HIS 355N)

 "Who is this new man, this American?" Hector St. John de Crevecoeur

In many ways, what we now call the United States began as a national entity as a blank slate.  As late as two hundred years ago, there was no conception of what it meant to be American.  Yet, within seventy-five years, this entity would fight its most bloody and vicious war ever over insistence upon this very identity.

This course traces the concept of the American identity in cultural terms from the time of first settlements up until the Civil War.  We will study not politics per se but political ideas and institutions as well as such subjects as religion, work, gender roles, race, painting, literature, philosophy, the law, and social reform.  Throughout the course and especially in the assigned reading the emphasis will be upon the interaction of the lives of ordinary people including women, Native Americans, ethnic immigrants, and African Americans and the newly developing ideas and institutions that helped create this new American identity.  The books, indeed, will all be about very specific ordinary people—except for the very extraordinary Frederick Douglass—and the impact of a rapidly changing society upon their lives.

 

Requirements

There will three exams with the first counting slightly less than the final two.  Both will consist of identification and essay questions.

 

Possible Texts

William Cronon, Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England

James Horn, A Land as God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America

Alfred Young, The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution

Laurel Taylor Ulrich A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812

Carol Sheriff, The Artificial River: The Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress

Paul Johnson, Sam Patch, the Famous Jumper

Frederick Douglass, A Narrative of the Life of

 

Upper-division standing required. Partially fulfills legislative requirement in American History.

Flag(s): Cultural Diversity

AMS 370 • Amer Cul Hist Alchl/Drugs

31200 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM GEA 127
(also listed as HIS 350R)

Most scholars of alcohol and drug use have concentrated upon its physiological aspects.  It is clear that addiction and craving have a physical and, in many cases, even a genetic basis.  Yet, as many anthropologists and sociologists have pointed out, cultures directly affect the types of drugs used, how they are used, and for what purposes.  In addition, one can examine a culture's drug use and attitude toward it and often discover a great deal about its functioning and values.  Thus, drug use is not only a cultural product but also a key social and historical descriptor.  In this course, we will study both how American culture affected the use of drugs and attitudes toward them and how these serve as keys to the changing American intellectual, social, and political landscape.  We will especially concentrate on alcohol, the opiates, marijuana, metamphetamines, and crack cocaine.

Topics to be considered include proliferation of alcohol abuse in the early Republic, the fight over cigarettes, the Prohibition movement, criminalization of drugs, Alcoholics Anonymous and treatment, medical response to addiction, and the drug war and the issue of legalization.

 

Requirements

Two short analytical papers                  5% each

Two reading quizzes                           15% each

Class participation                              20%

15 to 20 page research paper              40%

 

Possible Texts

Michael Lerner Dry Manhattan: Prohibition in New York City

Nate Blakeslee, Tulia: Cocaine, Race, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town

Nick Reding Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town

Phillipe Bourgois and Jeffrey Schoenberg Rigteous Dopefiends

Charles Bowden Murder City: Cuidad Juarez and the Global Economy

Reading Packet

 

Upper-division standing required.  Partially fulfills legislative requirement in American History.  Students may not enroll in more than two AMS 370 courses in one semester.

Flag(s): Writing

AMS 356 • Main Curr Amer Cul Since 1865

30840 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BUR 134
(also listed as HIS 356K)

White Protestant males and their ideas dominated America up until the time of the Civil War.  For better or worse, this progressively becomes less true after this time.  Americans faced with what the philosopher William James called “a booming buzzing confusion” developed many new ways of coping with massive change.  In addition to such conventional historical topics as politics and economics, we will examine the fine arts, architecture, technology, science, social reform, literature, photography, documentary film, and literature.  We will also note the roles and lives of immigrants, minority groups, and women in the conversation.

 

Requirements

Three exams, all non-cumulative.

 

Possible Texts

Horatio Alger, Ragged Dick

John Kasson, Amusing the Millions

Willa Cather, My Antonia

Edward Larson, Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion

Donald Worster, The Dust Bowl

William Doyle, An American Insurrection: The Battle of Oxford, Mississippi

Mike Davis, Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster

 

Upper-division standing required. Partially fulfills legislative requirement in American History.

Flag(s): Cultural Diversity

 

AMS 390 • End Of Amer Innocence, 1900-20

30835 • Spring 2013
Meets M 12:00PM-3:00PM BUR 436B
(also listed as HIS 389)

End of American Innocence: America Faces Modernity, 1880-1929

The cultural historian Henry May referred to the first two decades of the twentieth century as “the end of American innocence.”  It was a time of both the eternal truths of the nineteenth century and the probabilistic universe of the 1920s.  Or as May put it, “it was a time when the past was dying but not yet dead and the future was being born but was not yet alive.”  As these two views of the world vied for supremacy, the cultural, political, and artistic movements reflected both sides simultaneously.  While social reforms included such progressive reforms as restrictions on labor for children and women, the Federal Reserve Act, and regulation of food, they also looked back to immigration restriction, prohibition of alcohol, and the Mann Act. We will examine American cultural and social life of this time and encourage research papers that reflect the creative ambiguity of the period.

Requirements

One 25 to 30 page research paper (50%); one assigned outside book and leading or co-leading a class and a 5 page integrative paper on the assigned book (10%); and class participation (40%).  You will be given the final month off to write your paper.

Possible Texts

Matthew Fry Jacobson Barbarian Virtues: The United States Encounters Foreign People at Home and Abroad

Gail Bederman Manliness and Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1880-1917

Roy Rosenzweig Eight Hours for What We Will: Work and Leisure in an Industrial City 1870-1920

Timothy J. Gilfoyle A Pickpocket’s Tale: The Underworld of 19th Century New York

William Cronon Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

Margaret Finnegan Selling Suffrage: Consumer Culture and Votes for Women

Kristen Hoganson Global Production of American Domesticity 1865-1920

Clifford Putney Muscular Christianity: Manhood and Sports in Protestant America 1880-1920

Michael Kazin A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan

William Leach Land of Desire: Merchants, Power and the Rise of a New American Culture

Natalia Molina Fit to Be Citizens?: Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1939

 

HIS 350R • Amer Cul Hist Alchl/Drugs

39580 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GAR 0.132
(also listed as AMS 370)

Most scholars of alcohol and drug use have concentrated upon its physiological aspects.  It is clear that addiction and craving have a physical and, in many cases, even a genetic basis.  Yet, as many anthropologists and sociologists have pointed out, cultures directly affect the types of drugs used, how they are used, and for what purposes.  In addition, one can examine a culture's drug use and attitude toward it and often discover a great deal about its functioning and values.  Thus, drug use is not only a cultural product but also a key social and historical descriptor.  In this course, we will study both how American culture affected the use of drugs and attitudes toward them and how these serve as keys to the changing American intellectual, social, and political landscape.  We will especially concentrate on alcohol, the opiates, marijuana, metamphetamines, and crack cocaine.

Topics to be considered include proliferation of alcohol abuse in the early Republic, the fight over cigarettes, the Prohibition movement, criminalization of drugs, Alcoholics Anonymous and treatment, medical response to addiction, and the drug war and the issue of legalization.

 

Requirements

Two short analytical papers                  5% each

Two reading quizzes                            15% each

Class participation                               20%

15 to 20 page research paper               40%

 

Possible Texts

Michael Lerner Dry Manhattan: Prohibition in New York City

Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous (the Big Book)

Nate Blakeslee, Tulia: Cocaine, Race, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town

Nick Reding Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town

Charles Bowden Murder City: Cuidad Juarez and the Global Economy

Reading Packet

 

Upper-division standing required.  Partially fulfills legislative requirement in American History.  Students may not enroll in more than two AMS 370 courses in one semester.

Flag(s): Writing

 

T C 357 • Prohibition And Drug Wars

43025 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM CRD 007A

Americans' relationship with drugs has always been a curious one. As staunch individualists we have pronounced our right to control our body in whatever way we please. Yet, simultaneously, we recognize the potential power drugs have to take away this very same individuality. We treat our addiction alternately as a consequence of our environment and then as free choice. Such duality leads to cyclical periods of Americans declaring that drugs are the ultimate evil and then stating that drugs do no harm at all. Consequently, American society has witnessed a number of historical periods which merit the appellation “drug war” followed by times of relative calm.

This class explores two of those periods: the time of alcohol prohibition beginning around the 1880’s and in existence from 1919 to 1933 and the present scattershot, unrestrained movement to eliminate all “street” drugs. These periods have a number of things in common: lawlessness and disrespect for the law, increased price and demand for drug's; moralistic rhetoric, and huge increases in prison population. Yet, political and cultural opposition to alcohol prohibition always existed as did support for it. The historical use of alcohol in American society served as a normalizing function. Yet illegal drugs today do not have such support. Does this mean that this cycle will go on forever, and we will continue to pour money down this sinkhole? Is there a possibility that America can transcend history and achieve a truly drug-free age? Or, indeed, do prohibition movements take place only under certain historical circumstances and will this drug war end with a change in circumstances?

Texts/Readings:

Joseph Spillaine, Cocaine: From Medical Marvel to Modern Menace in the United States

Nate Blakeslee, Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town

Michael Lerner, Dry Manhattan

Michael Massing, The Fix

Charles Bowden et. al., Dreamland: The Way Out of Juarez

Assignments:

Two reading quizzes:                               20%

One short paper (3-5 pages):                   10%

Class participation:                                  30%

One research paper (15-20 pages):          40%

About the Professor:

Mark Smith teaches in the American Studies and History departments. Before coming to the University of Texas, he taught for a number of years overseas in Germany and Japan. In addition to his degrees in American Studies, he has a masters degree in Social Work from the University of Texas and has worked as an alcohol and drug counselor. He has written Social Science in the Crucible: The American Debate over Objectivity and Purpose, 1918-1941 and is currently working on a study of 20th century American resistance to the demonization of drug use and users. He has won several teaching and advising awards from the college and university. He admits to living and dying with the Boston Red Sox.

 

AMS S356 • Main Curr Amer Cul Since 1865

81910 • Summer 2012
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM BUR 136
(also listed as HIS S356K)

At the end of the Civil War, American society became flooded with new technologies, ideas, and customs.  A society that had bewildered earlier American visitors in its diversity and creativity accelerated its already frantic pace.  This course attempts to identify and describe some of the major elements of the “booming, buzzing, confusion” of changing American culture and relate their impact upon the lives of some common and not so common Americans.

This is a large order, especially in a shortened summer session so I will concentrate upon key historical periods as representatives of intensive social and intellectual change: the period from 1890 to the start of World War I; the 1920s and 30s; and from the end of World War II to until the present.  Some of the themes covered will be industrialism and labor unrest; social Darwinism and the adulation of the rich; race, gender, and ethnicity; Modernism; the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl; the civil rights movement; and the rise of the New Right.  Material in the course will be interdisciplinary and will include material from such perspectives as anthropology, architecture, art history, documentary photography, economics, literature, history of science, social history, social reform, and technology.  It also tries to include the experiences and perspectives of as many different groups as possible.  Reading will be heavily oriented toward the individual’s own words and behavior as they lived through history.

 

Requirements

A midterm and final tests.

 

Possible Texts

Horatio Alger Ragged Dick and Mark the Match Boy

David Van Droehle Triangle: The Fire That Changed America

Timothy Egan The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the American Dust Bowl

William Doyle An American Insurrection: The Battle of Oxford, Mississippi 1962

Thomas Frank What’s the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America

 

Upper-division standing required. Partially fulfills legislative requirement in American History.

Flag(s): Cultural Diversity

AMS 356 • Main Curr Amer Cul Since 1865

30845 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM BUR 136
(also listed as HIS 356K)

This course surveys U.S. cultural history from the Civil War to the present.  We will examine the history of America through the lens of culture using methodology from an interdisciplinary approach grounded in American studies.  We will explore major transformations and themes as we work chronologically as well as travel back and forth in time to understand the significant ideas and social and cultural practices that shaped America's national consciousness.  In particular, we will explore how the U.S. emerged as a nation from the late nineteenth through the twentieth century and assess the ways in which this nation defined itself vis-à-vis the rest of the world.  Along with these questions, we will also investigate the cultural and social trends that shaped intellectual and political debates and analyze the cultural productions that reflect and refract those historical moments. Uncovering various sites of culture, we will attempt to reconstruct and deconstruct different media including books, films, political cartoons, television shows, music, fashion, and other forms to understand their significance.  The following themes will be covered in this class:  U.S. nationalism, the rise of industrialization and consumer culture; debates over immigration and citizenship; U.S. imperial expansion; race, gender, class, and sexuality in popular representations; and much more.

 

Requirements

Paper                          (25%)

Midterm                      (30%)

Final Exam                  (35%)

Participation                (10%) (attendance, quizzes, extra-credit, blackboard discussions, and other optional activities)

 

Possible Texts

Janet M. Davis, The Circus Age

Anzia Yezierska, Bread Givers

Carlos Bulosan, America Is in the Heart

Elaine Tyler May, Homeward Bound

Susan Douglas, Where the Girls Are

Luis Alberto Urrea, The Devil's Highway

 

Upper-division standing required. Partially fulfills legislative requirement in American History.

Flag(s): Cultural Diversity

HIS 350R • Amer Cul Hist Alcohol/Drugs

39445 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GAR 0.132
(also listed as AMS 370)

Most scholars of alcohol and drug use have concentrated upon its physiological aspects.  It is clear that addiction and craving have a physical and, in many cases, even a genetic basis.  Yet, as many anthropologists and sociologists have pointed out, cultures directly affect the types of drugs used, how they are used, and for what purposes.  In addition, one can examine a culture's drug use and attitude toward it and often discover a great deal about its functioning and values.  Thus, drug use is not only a cultural product but also a key social and historical descriptor.  In this course, we will study both how American culture affected the use of drugs and attitudes toward them and how these serve as keys to the changing American intellectual, social, and political landscape.  We will especially concentrate on alcohol, the opiates, marijuana, LSD, and crack cocaine.

Topics to be considered include proliferation of alcohol abuse in the early Republic, the fight over cigarettes, the Prohibition movement, criminalization of drugs, Alcoholics Anonymous and treatment, medical response to addiction, and the drug war and the issue of legalization.

 

Requirements

Two short analytical papers     5% each

Two reading quizzes               15% each

Class participation                  20%

15 to 20 page research paper  40%

 

Possible Texts

W.J. Rorabaugh, The Alcoholic Republic:  An American Tradition

Cassandra Tate, Cigarette Wars: The Triumph of the Little White Slaver 

Michael Massing, The Fix

Harry Gene Levine, Crack in America: Demon Drugs and Social Justice

Nate Blakeslee, Tulia: Cocaine, Race, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town

 

Upper-division standing required.  Partially fulfills legislative requirement in American History.  Students may not enroll in more than two AMS 370 courses in one semester.

Flag(s): Writing

AMS 355 • Main Curr Of Amer Cul To 1865

30600 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM BUR 136
(also listed as HIS 355N)

Description

"Who is this new man, this American?" Hector St. John de Crevecoeur

In many ways, what we now call the United States began as a national entity as a blank slate.  As late as two hundred years ago, there was no conception of what it meant to be American.  Yet, within seventy-five years, this entity would fight its most bloody and vicious war ever over insistence upon this very identity.

This course traces the concept of the American identity in cultural terms from the time of first settlements up until the Civil War.  We will study not politics per se but political ideas and institutions as well as such subjects as religion, work, gender roles, race, painting, literature, philosophy, the law, and social reform.  Throughout the course and especially in the assigned reading the emphasis will be upon the interaction of the lives of ordinary people including women, Native Americans, ethnic immigrants, and African Americans and the newly developing ideas and institutions that helped create this new American identity.  The books, indeed, will all be about very specific ordinary people—except for the very extraordinary Frederick Douglass—and the impact of a rapidly changing society upon their lives.

 

Requirements

There will three exams with the first counting slightly less than the final two.  Both will consist of identification and essay questions. 

 

Possible Texts

Nathaniel Philbrick,  Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

Betty Wood, Slavery in Colonial America

Gordon Wood, Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

Alfred Young, The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution

Carol Sheriff, The Artificial River: The Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress

Paul Johnson, Sam Patch, the Famous Jumper

Frederick Douglass, A Narrative of the Life of

 

 

Upper-division standing required. Partially fulfills legislative requirement in American History.

Flag(s): Cultural Diversity

 

AMS 385 • Cultural History Of Us To 1865

30665 • Fall 2011
Meets TH 2:00PM-5:00PM BUR 436B

Cultural History of the US Until 1865 is a hybrid course designed to provide incoming American Studies graduate students with a historical overview if American colonial and early national history.   It seeks to answer Hector St John de Crevecouer’s famous 1782 query “Who is this new man, this American?”  That is, how did a group of motley European and African immigrants meld into an identifiable group, recognized first in Europe and later at home?  At first, this emerged from the relationships between Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans and, for all three, the physical environment.  Later groups distinguished themselves by class, religion, ethnicity, gender, and ideology.

Throughout, we will examine the origins and significance of the American identity.

The course will consist of two parts—two lectures a week in conjunction with the undergraduate class Main Currents in American Culture and a three hour seminar.  Hopefully, the lectures will provide an overview, and the reading material—both primary and secondary sources-- for the seminar will deepen and complicate it.                 

Possible Texts

William Cronon Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England

Jill LePore The Name of War

Mary Rowlandson The Sovereignty and Goodness of God

Anthony Parent Foul Means: The Formation of a Slave Society in Virginia, 1660-1740

Gordon Wood The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

Ben Franklin The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Joseph Ellis American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson Notes on the State of Virginia

Annette Gordon-Reed The Hemmings of Monticello: An American Family

Tiya Miles The Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary        

Alexis de Tocqueville Democracy in America

Jarred Farmer On Zion’s Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape

Harriet Beecher Stowe Uncle Tom’s Cabin Life Among the Lowly

AMS F356 • Main Curr Amer Cul Since 1865

81210 • Summer 2010
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM GEA 105
(also listed as HIS F356K)

At the end of the Civil War, American society became flooded with new technologies, ideas, and customs.  A society that had bewildered earlier American visitors in its diversity and creativity accelerated its already frantic pace.  This course attempts to identify and describe some of the major elements of the “booming, buzzing, confusion” of changing American culture and relate their impact upon the lives of some common and not so common Americans.

This is a large order, especially in a shortened summer session so I will concentrate upon key historical periods as representatives of intensive social and intellectual change: the period from 1890 to the start of World War I; the 1920s and 30s; and from the end of World War II to until the present.  Some of the themes covered will be industrialism and labor unrest; social Darwinism and the adulation of the rich; race, gender, and ethnicity; Modernism; the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl; the civil rights movement; and the rise of the New Right.  Material in the course will be interdisciplinary and will include material from such perspectives as anthropology, architecture, art history, documentary photography, economics, literature, history of science, social history, social reform, and technology.  It also tries to include the experiences and perspectives of as many different groups as possible.  Reading will be heavily oriented toward the individual’s own words and behavior as they lived through history.

 

Requirements

A midterm and final tests.

 

Possible Texts

Horatio Alger Ragged Dick and Mark the Match Boy

David Van Droehle Triangle: The Fire That Changed America

Timothy Egan The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the American Dust Bowl

William Doyle An American Insurrection: The Battle of Oxford, Mississippi 1962

Thomas Frank What’s the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America

 

Partially fulfills legislative requirement in American History.

Flags: Cultural Diversity

AMS 386 • Cultural Hist Of Us Since 1865

29865 • Spring 2010
Meets TH 2:00PM-5:00PM BUR 436B

Note: Graduate standing required. Students also required to attend undergraduate lectures, AMS 356

HIS 356K • Main Curr Amer Cul Since 1865

39750 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM BUR 116

Description: This is a lecture course on postwar American culture and society with special emphasis on the 1950s and 1960s. Issues to be discussed include the domestic impact of the Cold War, the effects of McCarthyism on politics and the entertainment world, the problems of affluence in the 1950s, the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s, the cultural relationships between the United States and the rest of the world, as well as conflicts between blacks and whites, the middle class and blue-collar workers, men and women, parents and children. The lectures will deal primarily with cultural and intellectual history, while the reading draws heavily on novels, journalism and social criticism.  Therefore, no one should enroll in this course who has not already taken at least one, preferably upper-division, course in 20th century American history.  Nor should anyone take the course if they are unfamiliar with trends in modern American literature, art, music, and movies.  In addition, since students will be asked to write two 10-15 page papers (there are no exams) based on the reading, you should not register for the course if you are unaccustomed to writing in-depth analytical essays, especially about novels.

Texts: Partial List, All Required:   

  • Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
  • John Updike, Rabbit Run
  • Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem
  • Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique
  • Norman Mailer, The Armies of the Night
  • Richard Pells, Not Like Us: How Europeans Have Loved, Hated, and Transformed American Culture Since World War II

Grading:

Two 10-15 page papers, each counting 50% of the course grade.  Each paper will analyze two books on the reading list, one of which must be a novel.  The first paper will deal with the culture of the 1940s and 1950s; the second, with American culture from the 1960s to the present.


T C 357 • Prohibition And Drug Wars-W

43820 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM CRD 007A

TC 357 JUNIOR SEMINAR: PROHIBITION AND DRUG WARS

Fall 2009            Dr. Mark Smith
TTh 12:30-2            Office Burdine 428
CRD 007B            Office Hours Tues 12-12:30 and Thurs 2-3                             Littlefield snack bar         
Course Number 43820    Phone: 232-2150
                e-mail: mcsmith@mail.utexas.edu.
                   
Course Description:  Humans and human society have always had an ambivalent relationship with drugs.  On the one hand, they provide us with pleasurable and unique sensations.  Biochemists have discovered that our brains contain chemical substances whose reactions are almost identical with drugs like heroin.  Cultures throughout time have used drugs for such societal functions as ritual and solidarity.  Individuals use them to control anxiety, overcome social handicaps, and seek creative insight.  Almost all human societies have had access to drugs, usually alcohol, and almost all have used them.  Some of the earliest written records of human societies as far apart as Babylonia, Egypt, and China, record note the use and abuse of alcohol.  In those few areas of the world like Oceania and most of North America where alcohol did not exist aboriginally, other drugs were known and used and alcohol was quickly adapted after European contact.

    For all of the positive use of drugs, all societies share problems with them at the same time.  These earliest records show not only the use of alcohol but also its abuse and consequent regulation.  One of the earliest written records in Babylonia noted drunkenness and called for its control.  Once alcohol was introduced into Native American and Oceanic societies, the two areas that lacked fermented beverages indigenously, terrible problems and even chaos ensued.  Almost all societies seem to contain individuals whose use of drugs escalates to obsessive and antisocial behavior.  The society, as well as its individual members, can be weakened by such actions.  The division of the once dominant Chinese by the European powers and Japan in the nineteenth century had a good deal to do with the extent of opiate addiction especially in the ports controlled by the Europeans.

    Because of this, all societies at one time or another seemed to engage in regulation and often prohibition.  Certain societies have been more successful than others, but few, if any, have succeeded in completely eliminating drug use in large part because of the physiological and social attractiveness of drugs for humans.

    The United States is one of the few industrialized nations (the others are in Scandinavia), which have attempted to prohibit alcohol by national legislation.  Moreover, we have tried to do it in the twentieth century.  It has also led, often by coercion, through the United Nations an international attempt to eliminate worldwide the opiates, cocaine, and progressively more drugs.  Indeed, throughout much of American history public attitudes toward drugs has been a type of pharmacological determinism—that drugs by their very nature are so seductive that they compel the use to continue their use once begun.  This destroys free will and attacks the core of American democracy.  In
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a weird way, drugs threaten American individualism, yet law enforcement’s imposition of strict abstinence also denies the individual’s right to make one’s own decision and control his or her own body.

This particular course emphasizes the public policy issues of this dilemma.  What policies can the state design to eliminate drug problems?  Or is it literally impossible to eradicate such a biologically driven impulse?  Are all government solutions worse than the initial problems?  Why was the United States one of the few places in the world determined to eliminate rather than regulate alcohol?  Yet, why did they give up those utopian hopes for alcohol so quickly yet insist upon it for other drugs?  Why are alcoholics relatively well accepted while drug addicts and even users are seen as the devil incarnate?  And above all else, why does emotionalism so often interfere with the rationality of policy-making?

It is out of these contradictory tendencies that America’s history of drug prohibition and drug wars have emerged.  This course will examine it with the goal being not just an understanding of the phenomena itself but of its symbolic meaning.  What do Americans’ use of and image of drugs tell us about the culture?  And the ultimate public policy question, how does one devise a policy that will ameliorate the problem without causing great harm?  This is a problem that has bedeviled societies for generations.

Required Texts

Michael Lerner Dry Manhattan: Prohibition in New York City
Joseph Spillane Cocaine: From Medical Marvel to Modern Menace
Michael Massing The Fix: Under the Nixon Administration America Had an Effective Drug Policy
Nate Blakeslee Tulia: Race, Cocaine and Corruption in a Small Texas Town
Nick Reding Methland: The Death and Life of a Small Town

Course Packet—Available at Paradigm Notes—West 24th St.

Drug War Chronicle
    I will be asking each of you to subscribe to a pro-reform weekly online publication entitled Drug War Chronicle.  It does oppose the present drug policy but does so, it seems to me, in a factual, informed way.   If you have a strong reason for opposing such a position such as a sibling trying to recover from speed and you think such policies will make things worse, I’ll relent.  For the rest of you this is the best and fastest resource on contemporary drug policy.
    The address is http://stopthedrugwar.org/user/register or Google Drug War Chronicle.  Register and the newsletter will come every week.  It’s about a 15 minute read and some pretty amazingly weird ones


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Required Films
“Demon Rum” (to be shown in class)
“High: The True Tale of American Marijuana” (showings TBA)
 HBO “Addiction” 
“The Meth Epidemic”
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/meth/
National Geographic “The World’s Most Dangerous Drug” seen in class

Class Format

    This is a seminar course and will be conducted almost exclusively on a discussion basis.  My idea of hell is listening to anyone, especially myself, talk continuously for more than 15 minutes.  You have to do that in lectures.  It’s why I like teaching seminars.  One of my crusty old professors used to describe unprepared seminars as “exchanging ignorances.”  To overcome that, I will expect people to prepare and attend on a regular basis.  I will take attendance and make notes on student participation for every class.  30% of your final grade will depend upon participation.  I will give a participation grade at the end of the semester and explain in detail the basis of my decision.  You also can ask how you are doing during the semester if you are uncertain  Anyone who misses five or more classes without specific medical or similar reasons will receive an automatic F for the course.

Course Requirements:

For every other semester I have given two short answer exams during the semester.  I did it to ensure that people did the reading since one can’t do a seminar successfully without class preparation.  I also did it because I thought spot quizzes were even more insulting to both parties.  But I know many of you are overextended with faculty thinking that only their class is important because only they are important in this world.

Here is my hoped for solution for this semester.  During the semester I will assess the ongoing reading and participation level.  If I am not happy with it, I will require you to turn in summaries of books and/or articles coming due within the next week.  To determine grades, I will do this occasionally even when the class is fine, but it will be fewer.  Book summaries will be a minimum of three pages and concentrate upon the thesis and how the author proves the thesis.  Article summaries will again emphasize the thesis but will also relate it to the class topic and material of the day.  Each article summary should be a minimum of a page and a half.  The composite grade for the summaries will be 10% of the final grade,                           
                                                                                                                                                            
There will be three very different papers.  The first will be a five page paper which you will begin for the second class.  I will ask you  to summarize your position on the Drug War and what should be done to deal with the problems of drug abuse and
                                    page 4 addiction.  You have three classes to revise your paper in terms of both grammar and belief.  In each class you will have the last 15 minutes to work with your assigned group of three to work together for suggestions for improvements.  The grade will be hopefully an easy 10%.

The second paper will also be a more philosophical paper.  After studying the very different stories of alcohol and cocaine at the turn of the century, I want you in an 8 to 10 page paper to conclude what you have learned about the criminalization of drugs?  Can it work?  What are the dangers of criminalization?  The necessities of it?  Could one have different answers about different drugs?  in different cultures?  at different times?  This will constitute 15% of your grade.

The third paper assignment will again reflect that section of the course.  The last third or so will deal with contemporary drug policy as it reflects our changing time and specific drugs.  In the latter part of the course we will deal with crack cocaine, marijuana, and speed.  If we had more time, we could include heroin, prescription drugs, cocaine, salvia, LSD, Ecstasy, tobacco, alcohol. and whatever new drug has been developed in the past month.  I want you to pick a particular drug that is either illegal, “gray” like prescription drugs. or even legal like alcohol or cigarettes during a particular historical period.  I want you to describe the drug including its potential for abuse to individuals and/or society and what is a society’s policy toward it.  That is, how do they try to control its problems, e.g. no cigarettes to individuals under the age of 18.  Now you tell me how you would do it better (in many cases you couldn’t do it any worse).  I think you need a minimum of 15 and more like 20 pages to do a good job of this.  Unlike the other papers, you will absolutely need to do research on this and include a bibliography and footnotes.  I want you to choose a topic by October 23.  Your topic will be a drug and a time period and a short bibliography of 2 to 3 sources showing me that you have started thinking about the topic.  On November 13th I want a topic outline with a sentence for every paragraph.  I wish to see this to check the organization and logic of your work.  You will not receive a grade on this but will be penalized for not doing it or doing a poor job. This, along with participation, will be the largest part of your grade with 30% of the total.
All papers will be due electronically, and I will note its receipt.

    In addition to daily participation, each person will give a 5-minute firm presentation on his or her final paper.  This assignment is designed to help you prepare for your Plan II presentation in the spring.  You should concentrate on your organization and emphasize your thesis.  As they are extremely rigid with regard to time, I will limit you to five minutes only.   This will count 5% of your grade. 
Final Grade Breakdown:
Class Participation 30%
Research paper 30%
Alcohol/Cocaine Paper 15%
First collaborative paper 10%
Summaries 10%
Oral presentation 5%  
                                        page 5 Bibliographies:
The following are a few books and websites that contain useful material for papers and the like.  Interestingly, the drug websites are the most detailed, although a few like Ephidrina treat alcohol as a drug.
1. Jack Blocker et. al;. Alcohol and Temperance in Modern History: An International Encyclopedia (HV 5017 A43 2003)
2. Mark Lender and Martin Drinking in America: A History (HV 5292 L4 1982)
3. Schaffer Library of Drug Policy (www.druglibrary.org/schaeffer/misc/driving/contents.htm)
4. Drug War Chronicle (www.stopthedrugwar.org/index.shtml)
5. Erowid-Documenting the Complex Relationship Between Humans and Psychoactives (www.erowid.org)
6. Ephidrina (www.ephidrina.org/html)

              Students With Disabilities
             
            The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate
                 academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities.  For more
                 Information contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6257, 471-4641 TTY.                            They are  responsible for determining if I can give you extra time or special testing                  arrangements.

COURSE SYLLABUS

Aug    27    Introduction

PART I: DRUG POLICY

Sep     1    Drug War Prohibitionists
        DEA Demand Reduction                                              http://www.justthinktwice.com
        James Q. Wilson “Against the Legalization of Drugs”                     (1990)
        David Courtwright “Drug Legalization, the Drug War,                     and Drug Treatment in Historical Perspective” (1992)
        Don Baum Smoke and Mirrors, chapter 18 (1996)
        FIRST DRAFT OF DRUG WAR PAPER
   
      3    Supporters of Reform/Legalization
        Milton Friedman “An Open Letter to Bill Bennett”                         (1989)
        Gary Fisher “The War on Drugs: Is the Battle                                  Working?” Rethinking Our War on Drugs (2006)
        Jerome Skolnick “Rethinking the Drug Problem”                         Deadalus (1992)
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        Jefferson M. Fish “Proposals for De-escalating the War                     on Drugs” (2005)
        Peter Cohen “The Drug Prohibition Church and the                         Adventure of Reformation” (2003)
        Ethan Nadelmann on Steven Colbert show
        http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-                         videos/226362/april-30-2009/ethan-nadelmann
        COMMENTS ON OTHERS’ PAPERS
                                       
      8    International Alternatives
        Craig Reinarman “The Dutch Example Shows That                         Liberal Drug Laws Can Be Beneficial” (2000)
        David Duncan and Thomas Nicholson “Dutch Drug                     Policy: A Model for America” find in Shaefer Drug                         Library
        Maurice Frank “BYO Heron” (2000)
        Articles on Drug Injection Sites Drug War Chronicle
        COMMENTS ON OTHERS’ PAPERS
     
      9    FIRST PAPER DUE ELECTRONICALLY

PART 2: ALCOHOL AS PROHIBITIONIST MODEL

    10    The Beginnings of American Temperance
William Coggshall “Little Peleg: The Drunkard’s Son” (1854)
Neal Dow “The Story of a Neighborhood” (1854)
Ian Tyrell “Temperance and Economic Change in the Ante-Bellum North” (1979)
Michael Lerner Dry Manhattan: Prohibition in New York City, chaps 1-2

15    The Ethnicity of Alcohol
    Jon Kingsdale “The Poor Man’s Club: Social Functions     of the     Urban     Working Class Saloon” (1980)
    Madelon Powers “Decay from Within: The Inevitable     Doom     of the     American Saloon” (1991)
    Lerner Manhattan, chaps 3-6

17    The War on Alcohol
    in-class film “Demon Rum”
    Lerner Manhattan, chaps 7-9
 
     

                                   
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    22    National Lawlessness and Repeal
        Lerner, Manhattan chaps 10-12
        Craig Reinarman and Harry Gene Levine: Lessons                         about Alcohol Policy for Drug Policy” (1992)

    PART III; DRUGS IN HISTORICAL CONTEXT   

     24    Cocaine as Medicine
        Rudi Matthee “Exotic Substances” The Introduction                     and Global Spread of Tobacco, Coffee, Cocoa, Tea and                     Distilled Liquor, 16th to 18th Centuries”  (1995)
        Joseph Spillane Cocaine: From Medical Marvel to                         Modern Menace intro and chaps 1-3

    29    Development of Drugs as Sin
        Spillaine Cocaine chaps 4-6
        Susan Speaker: The Struggle of Mankind Against Its                     Deadliest Foe: Themes of Counter-Subversion in the                     Anti-Narcotic Campaigns” (2001)

Oct     1    Regulation and Criminalization
        Spillane, Cocaine chaps 7-8 and conclusion
        Mara Keire “Dope Fiends and Degenerates: Gendering                     of Addiction in the Early 20th Century” (1998)

      5    SECOND PAPER DUE

      6    NO CLASS
        See “High: The True Tale of American Marijuana”      (2008)                 time and place to be announced
       
  8     The Offensive Against Marihuana
    Mezz Mezzrow “Really the Blues” (1946)
    Meyer Berger “Tea for a Viper” (1938)
        Harry Anslinger “Marihuana: Assassin of Youth”                         (1937) Schaffer Library of Drug Policy

PART 4: CONTEMPORARY DRUGS AND THEIR CONTEXT

    13    Drugs, Addiction, and Treatment
        Michael Massing The Fix, Part One
        see in-class film HBO “Addiction”
       
   
                                        page 8   
   
    15    The War on Drugs #1
        Massing Fix chaps 7-12
        Arnold Trebach “War Orphan”

    20    The War on Drugs #2
        Massing Fix chaps 13-20
        Michael Massing “Elephant in the Room” (2000)                         Robert Housman “US Drug Policy: Are We Doing the                     Right Thing?” (2000)

    22    Crack and Crack Babies
        Loren Siegel “The Pregnancy Police Fight the War on                     Drugs” (1997)
        Newsbrief: “Texas DA Says Doctors Must Turn in                         Drug Using Women” (2004)
        Susan Okie “The Epidemic That Wasn’t” (2009)

      23    PAPER TOPIC AND SHORT BIBLIOGRAPHY

      27    The Drug War in Rural Texas
        William Finnegan “Deep East Texas” (1994)
         start Blakeslee, Tulia

       29     Race and Drug War
         Blakeslee
       
Nov         3    Law Enforcement and Texas
        Blakeslee

          5    Prescription Drugs
        Susan Speaker “From ‘Happiness Pills’ to ‘National                     Nightmare’: Changing Cultural Assessment of Minor                     Tranquilizers in America, 1955-1980 (1997)
        Ilina Singh “Not Just Naughty: Fifty Years of Stimulant                     Drug Advertising: (2007)

    10    The Origins of Methamphetamines
        Nicholas Rasmussen “America’s First Amphetamine                     Epidemic, 1929-1971” (2008)
        see “The Meth Epidemic” on your own
        http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/meth/
        Nick Reding Methland Prologue and Part One

   
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    12    Meth in America
        National Geographic “The World’s Most Dangerous                     Drug” seen in class
        Reding Methland Part 2

    13    PARAGRAPH OUTLINE

    17    The End or the Beginning of the Worst Drug
        Reding, Methland Part 3 and Epilogue

    19    First Presentations
        Volunteers?
        Each student will give a five minute presentation                         maximum and be prepared for a 5 to 8 minute question                     period

    24    NO CLASS
        WORK ON YOUR PAPER.  GET OUT OF TOWN                     EARLY.

Dec      1    Second Presentations

      3    Third Presentations

      8    FINAL PAPERS DUE

AMS 398T • Supv Teaching In American Stds

29475 • Spring 2009
Meets T 2:00PM-5:00PM BUR 436B

Graduate standing required. Permission from instructor required.

HIS 350L • Am Cul Hist Of Alchl/Drugs-W

39180 • Spring 2009
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM GAR 1.134

Lectures, discussion, reading, and research on selected topics in the field of history.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Designed for History majors. 

History 350L and 350R may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

Course carries Writing flag. 

AMS 390 • End Of Amer Innocence, 1900-20

29900 • Spring 2008
Meets T 2:00PM-5:00PM BUR 436B
(also listed as HIS 389)

Graduate standing required. Permission from instructor required.

HIS 350L • Am Cul Hist Of Alchl/Drugs-W

40945 • Fall 2007
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BUR 228

Lectures, discussion, reading, and research on selected topics in the field of history.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Designed for History majors. 

History 350L and 350R may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

Course carries Writing flag. 

AMS 386 • Cultural Hist Of Us Since 1865

29480 • Spring 2007
Meets TH 2:00PM-5:00PM BUR 436B

Note: Graduate standing required. Students also required to attend undergraduate lectures, AMS 356

HIS 356K • Main Curr Amer Cul Since 1865

39780 • Spring 2007
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BUR 212

Description: This is a lecture course on postwar American culture and society with special emphasis on the 1950s and 1960s. Issues to be discussed include the domestic impact of the Cold War, the effects of McCarthyism on politics and the entertainment world, the problems of affluence in the 1950s, the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s, the cultural relationships between the United States and the rest of the world, as well as conflicts between blacks and whites, the middle class and blue-collar workers, men and women, parents and children. The lectures will deal primarily with cultural and intellectual history, while the reading draws heavily on novels, journalism and social criticism.  Therefore, no one should enroll in this course who has not already taken at least one, preferably upper-division, course in 20th century American history.  Nor should anyone take the course if they are unfamiliar with trends in modern American literature, art, music, and movies.  In addition, since students will be asked to write two 10-15 page papers (there are no exams) based on the reading, you should not register for the course if you are unaccustomed to writing in-depth analytical essays, especially about novels.

Texts: Partial List, All Required:   

  • Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
  • John Updike, Rabbit Run
  • Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem
  • Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique
  • Norman Mailer, The Armies of the Night
  • Richard Pells, Not Like Us: How Europeans Have Loved, Hated, and Transformed American Culture Since World War II

Grading:

Two 10-15 page papers, each counting 50% of the course grade.  Each paper will analyze two books on the reading list, one of which must be a novel.  The first paper will deal with the culture of the 1940s and 1950s; the second, with American culture from the 1960s to the present.


HIS 350L • Deviance In Amer: Alt Hist-W

40540 • Fall 2006
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MEZ B0.302

Lectures, discussion, reading, and research on selected topics in the field of history.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Designed for History majors. 

History 350L and 350R may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

Course carries Writing flag. 

HIS 350L • Am Cul Hist Of Alchl/Drugs-W

40625 • Fall 2006
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM BUR 228

Lectures, discussion, reading, and research on selected topics in the field of history.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Designed for History majors. 

History 350L and 350R may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

Course carries Writing flag. 

HIS 356K • Main Curr Amer Cul Since 1865

37415 • Spring 2005
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM MEZ B0.306

Description: This is a lecture course on postwar American culture and society with special emphasis on the 1950s and 1960s. Issues to be discussed include the domestic impact of the Cold War, the effects of McCarthyism on politics and the entertainment world, the problems of affluence in the 1950s, the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s, the cultural relationships between the United States and the rest of the world, as well as conflicts between blacks and whites, the middle class and blue-collar workers, men and women, parents and children. The lectures will deal primarily with cultural and intellectual history, while the reading draws heavily on novels, journalism and social criticism.  Therefore, no one should enroll in this course who has not already taken at least one, preferably upper-division, course in 20th century American history.  Nor should anyone take the course if they are unfamiliar with trends in modern American literature, art, music, and movies.  In addition, since students will be asked to write two 10-15 page papers (there are no exams) based on the reading, you should not register for the course if you are unaccustomed to writing in-depth analytical essays, especially about novels.

Texts: Partial List, All Required:   

  • Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
  • John Updike, Rabbit Run
  • Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem
  • Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique
  • Norman Mailer, The Armies of the Night
  • Richard Pells, Not Like Us: How Europeans Have Loved, Hated, and Transformed American Culture Since World War II

Grading:

Two 10-15 page papers, each counting 50% of the course grade.  Each paper will analyze two books on the reading list, one of which must be a novel.  The first paper will deal with the culture of the 1940s and 1950s; the second, with American culture from the 1960s to the present.


HIS 350L • Am Cul Hist Of Alchl/Drugs-W

38352 • Fall 2004
Meets TH 2:00PM-5:00PM GAR 301

Lectures, discussion, reading, and research on selected topics in the field of history.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Designed for History majors. 

History 350L and 350R may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

Course carries Writing flag. 

AMS 392 • Conference Course In Amer Stds

26350 • Spring 2004

Graduate standing required. Permission from instructor required.

AMS 390 • Cul Hist Of Alcohol And Drugs

26475 • Fall 2003
Meets T 2:00PM-5:00PM GAR 301
(also listed as HIS 389)

Graduate standing required. Permission from instructor required.

AMS 392 • Conference Course In Amer Stds

26500 • Fall 2003

Graduate standing required. Permission from instructor required.

AMS 392 • Conference Course In Amer Stds

25720 • Spring 2003

Graduate standing required. Permission from instructor required.

AMS 398T • Supv Teaching In American Stds

25750 • Spring 2003
Meets M 3:30PM-5:30PM GAR 301

Graduate standing required. Permission from instructor required.

AMS 390 • Classic Amer Social Thought

26160 • Fall 2002
Meets T 2:00PM-5:00PM GAR 301
(also listed as HIS 389)

Graduate standing required. Permission from instructor required.

AMS 392 • Conference Course In Amer Stds

26205 • Fall 2002

Graduate standing required. Permission from instructor required.

HIS 350L • Am Cul Hist Of Alchl/Drugs-W

36283 • Fall 2002
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM WEL 3.260

Lectures, discussion, reading, and research on selected topics in the field of history.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Designed for History majors. 

History 350L and 350R may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

Course carries Writing flag. 

AMS 392 • Conference Course In Amer Stds

26025 • Spring 2002

Graduate standing required. Permission from instructor required.

AMS 398T • Supv Teaching In American Stds

26055 • Spring 2002
Meets W 3:30PM-5:30PM GAR 301

Graduate standing required. Permission from instructor required.

AMS 390 • Cul Hist Of Alcohol And Drugs

26660 • Fall 2001
Meets T 1:00PM-4:00PM GAR 301
(also listed as HIS 389)

Graduate standing required. Permission from instructor required.

AMS 392 • Conference Course In Amer Stds

26350 • Spring 2001

Graduate standing required. Permission from instructor required.

HIS 356K • Main Curr Amer Cul Since 1865

35630 • Spring 2001
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM GAR 1

Description: This is a lecture course on postwar American culture and society with special emphasis on the 1950s and 1960s. Issues to be discussed include the domestic impact of the Cold War, the effects of McCarthyism on politics and the entertainment world, the problems of affluence in the 1950s, the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s, the cultural relationships between the United States and the rest of the world, as well as conflicts between blacks and whites, the middle class and blue-collar workers, men and women, parents and children. The lectures will deal primarily with cultural and intellectual history, while the reading draws heavily on novels, journalism and social criticism.  Therefore, no one should enroll in this course who has not already taken at least one, preferably upper-division, course in 20th century American history.  Nor should anyone take the course if they are unfamiliar with trends in modern American literature, art, music, and movies.  In addition, since students will be asked to write two 10-15 page papers (there are no exams) based on the reading, you should not register for the course if you are unaccustomed to writing in-depth analytical essays, especially about novels.

Texts: Partial List, All Required:   

  • Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
  • John Updike, Rabbit Run
  • Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem
  • Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique
  • Norman Mailer, The Armies of the Night
  • Richard Pells, Not Like Us: How Europeans Have Loved, Hated, and Transformed American Culture Since World War II

Grading:

Two 10-15 page papers, each counting 50% of the course grade.  Each paper will analyze two books on the reading list, one of which must be a novel.  The first paper will deal with the culture of the 1940s and 1950s; the second, with American culture from the 1960s to the present.


AMS 390 • Classic Amer Social Thought

26785 • Fall 2000
Meets TH 2:00PM-5:00PM GAR 301
(also listed as HIS 389)

Graduate standing required. Permission from instructor required.

AMS 392 • Conference Course In Amer Stds

26825 • Fall 2000

Graduate standing required. Permission from instructor required.

HIS 350L • Am Cul Hist Of Alchl/Drugs-W

36345 • Fall 2000
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM GAR 301

Lectures, discussion, reading, and research on selected topics in the field of history.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Designed for History majors. 

History 350L and 350R may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

Course carries Writing flag. 

Publications


Articles

“American Social Science: An Overview,” Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History, ed. Paul Boyer, Scott E. Caspar, and Joan Shelley Rubin, New York: Oxford University Press, scheduled 2012

“Alcoholism in Finland and the United States,” Suomi-USA Magazine, League of Finnish-American Societies, Helsinki, Finland, May, 2011, 18

“Same Beginnings, Different Ends: A Comparative View of Attitudes and Policies Toward Alcohol in Finland and the United States,” Suomi-USA Magazine, League of Finnish-American Societies, Helsinki, Finland, May, 2011, 16-17

“Alcohol Policy under the Microscope,” Helsinki Times, April 7,  2011, p. 2 

More and Less Than Prohibition: A Comparative View of Temperance Movements and Alcohol Institutions and Policies in Finland and the United States,” Juhalenot, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, December 10, 2010

“Hobson, Richmond Pearson,” Alcohol and Drugs in North America: A Historical Encyclopedia, ed. David Fahey and Jon Miller, Santa Barbara Ca., ABC-CLIO, forthcoming 

“Robert and Helen Lynd” International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, second edition, ed. William Darity, Farmington Hills, Minnesota, Macmillan Reference, 2008

“A Tale of Two Charlies: Political Science, History, and Civic Reform, 1890-1940,”Modern Political Science: Anglo-American Exchanges Since 1880 ed.  Robert Adcock, Mark Bevir, and Shannon C. Stimson, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007, 118-36 

“Ulrich Bonnell Phillips,” New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Charles R. Wilson (ed.), Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006, 291-2

“The Maine Law and Prohibition,” Encyclopedia of New England Culture, Burt Feintuch and David Watters (ed.), New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005, 929

“Cowley, Malcolm,” Encyclopedia of the Great Depression, Robert S. McElvaine (ed.) New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2004, 215-16 

“Odum, Howard,” Encyclopedia of the Great Depression, Robert S. McElvaine (ed.) New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2004, 727-28 

“President’s Committee on Social Trends,” Encyclopedia of the Great Depression, Robert S. McElvaine (ed.) New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2004, 768-69 

“Lawrence Kolb,” Alcohol and Temperance in Modern History: An International Encyclopedia, Santa Barbara, Ca.: ABC-CLIO, 2003, 352

“Joseph E. Turner,” Alcohol and Temperance in Modern History: An International Encyclopedia, Santa Barbara, Ca.: ABC-CLIO, 2003, 625

“American Social Science,” The Oxford Companion to American History, Paul Boyer (ed.), New York: Oxford University Press, 2001, 727-28

“Witch-hunting during America’s First War on Drugs: Richmond Pearson

Hobson and “Narcotic Education,’” in Fear Itself: Enemies Real and Imagined in American Culture, Nancy L. Schultz (ed.), Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 1998, 303-12

“Academics, Advocacy, and the Public Schools: A View from the 1930s," Role of Advocacy in the Classroom, ed. Patricia Meyer Sparks New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996, 143-49

"Clarence Ayres," The Handbook of Texas, Ronnie Tyler, et. al.(eds.), Austin:Texas State Historical Society, 1996, I, 325

 "C. Wright Mills," The Handbook of Texas, Ronnie Tyler, et. al, (eds.), Austin: Texas State Historical Society, 1996, IV, 749-50

"William Archibald Dunning," American National Biography ed. John Garraty and Mark Carnes, New York: Oxford, 1999, v.7, 104-05

"Harold D. Lasswell," American National Biography New York: Oxford, 1999, v.13, 225-27

"Wesley C. Mitchell," American National Biography New York: Oxford, 1999, v.15, 623-25

"Stuart A. Rice," American National Biography New York: Oxford, 1999, v. 19, 424-25

Ulrich Bonnell Phillips," Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Charles Wilson and William Ferris (eds.), Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989, 297

"Southern History and Myth: Ulrich Bonnell Phillips Reconsidered," Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas, XV 1985, 9-13

"Rejoinder to Theodore Caplow 'Social Criticism in Middletown: Taking Aim at a Moving Target, '"Qualitative Sociology, VIII (no. 1), February, 1985, 47-48

"Has America Really Changed?: The Case of Middletown, 1925-1983, Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas, XIV, 1984, 22-28

"From Middletown to Middletown III: A Critical Review Essay," Qualitative Sociology, VII (no. 4),  Winter, 1984, 72-81

"Fifty Years of an American City: Stability and Change in Middletown," Indian Journal of American Studies, XIV (no.1), January, 1984, 57-66 

"Robert Lynd and Consumerism in the 1930s," Journal of the History of Sociology, II (no.1), 1980, 99-119

Books

Social Science in the Crucible: The American Debate over Objectivity and Purpose, 1918-1941 Duke University Press 1994

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