U.S. Movements and Institutions: Democracy and Dissent

AMST-A 201 — Fall 2020 — Themester

Days and Times
Tues/Thurs, 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Course Description

AMST 201 introduces you to class-based struggles that have shaped institutions and movements in the U.S. You will learn how to use the lens of American Studies to understand people’s lives that may be similar or different than your own. You will gain a deeper or different understanding of conflict and solidarity in the U.S. by looking at present and past intersections of class with other structures such as religion, ethnicity, and political action.

We consider topics such as early unionization, working class cultures and the artists who documented them, farm worker movements, women’s leadership, civil rights, revolution, leadership, creative life, and connections between the U.S. and global movements. Materials include first-person accounts, short stories, film, visual art, and music.


Instructor: Dr.  Lessie Frazier