Amcon 202: Pursuits of Happiness, 1920-Present
Sophomore Year, Semester II
Students in this course examine technology, the mass market and consumerism, and the increasingly complex relations between identity and material goods. They also explore the images, institutions, and stories of environmental, feminist, and Civil Rights activists in the context of Cold War America and its aftermath. Topics, dense facts and texts include: the creation of the National Park system; World War II and Japanese internment camps; Ansel Adams; Cold War politics and the Beat Generation; Las Vegas and the rise of the sunbelt; Freedom Summer; Woodstock; 2nd-wave Feminism and the poetry of Adrienne Rich; Watergate and the 70s; Reagan and the 80s; the Mall of America and consumerism; the internet.