Course Introduction

This course examines one of the most turbulent periods of modern American history:  the era of the great economic boom and cultural revolution of the 1920s; of the Great Depression and the New Deal; and of World War II.   It will attempt to give students a sense of both the great public events of the era and of the social, economic, and cultural forces that underlay those events.   It is the second of a series of three courses (the others being History W3620, "The Progressive Era,"  to be offered in fall 2000, and W3651, "America since 1945," to be offered in the spring of 2000) that together consider the history of the United States from the 1890s to the present.  

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