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HMN 350 • Johnson Years

29300 • Lawrence, Mark
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM LBJ 10.150
(also listed as LAH 350)
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Nearly fifty years after it ended, the presidency of Lyndon Johnson continues to inspire enormous interest and controversy. What sort of person was LBJ? What motives underpinned his greatest achievements and biggest errors in both the domestic and international arenas? How can we reconcile the triumphs of civil rights and other transformational Great Society initiatives with the disaster of the Vietnam War? What is LBJ’s legacy? What importance does the Johnson presidency hold in the long flow of history, and why does he remain a contentious figure? These are among the major questions at the heart of this seminar. In addressing them, we will read and discuss scholarship and primary sources on President Johnson and his times. We will also meet with various participants in – or close observers of – the Johnson administration. 

Students will be evaluated largely on their preparation for, and participation in, seminar meetings.  They will also be graded on the basis of three papers of varying lengths.  The largest one – the course’s central writing requirement – will be a research paper of approximately 15 pages based on materials housed in the LBJ Library archive.  This assignment challenges students to evaluate primary-source materials and arrive at their own conclusions about key aspects of the Johnson presidency. We will devote considerable time early in the term to identifying promising topics and learning how to use the library’s reading room. Over the remainder of the semester, students will be expected to conduct research and produce a polished paper. 

Required texts

Maurice Isserman and Michael Kazin, America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s (5th ed., 2015)

Mark Atwood Lawrence, The Vietnam War: A Concise International History (2008)

Bruce J. Schulman, Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism (2nd ed., 2007)

Photocopied material on the course Canvas site

 


HMN 679HA • Honors Tutorial Course

29320
(also listed as AHC 679HB, C C 679HA, HMN 679HB, LIN 679HA, WGS 679HA)
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Directed reading and research, followed by the writing of a report or the creation of a project. Humanities 370 and 679HB may not both be counted.

Prerequisite: For 679HA, admission to the Humanities Honors Program and consent of the humanities adviser; for 679HB, Humanities 679HA.

Class meets Thursdays 3-4p in PAR 214.


HMN 679HB • Honors Tutorial Course

29325
IIWr (also listed as AHC 679HB, C C 679HA, HMN 679HA, LIN 679HA, WGS 679HA)
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Directed reading and research, followed by the writing of a report or the creation of a project. Humanities 370 and 679HB may not both be counted.

Prerequisite: For 679HA, admission to the Humanities Honors Program and consent of the humanities adviser; for 679HB, Humanities 679HA.

Class meets Thursdays 3-4p in PAR 214.