HISU 361 U.S. Identity Politics, 1945-Present

This course focuses on three major social and political movements of the last fifty years: black civil rights, womens liberation, and gay liberation. The class examines the social and cultural forces that motivated each movement, the struggles each faced (both internally and externally), and some portion of their legacies. More broadly, the course will also ask why identity has come to seem so significant in American social and political life.