Left and Right in American History

This course examines 20th-century American political movements of the Left and Right. The schedule has seven units; in each there will be a week focused on the Left and one on the Right: 1) Socialism in before World War I and the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s; 2) The Communist Party and Nazi/fascist sympathizers, 1930s; 3) Civil rights, black power, and massive white resistance, 1950s-1960s; 4) Student movements (SDS and Young Americans for Freedom), 1960s; 5) Second-wave feminism and the religious right, 1970s; 6) Labor movement and “Christian free enterprise,” late 1970s and 1980s; 7) The Tea Party, right-wing nationalism and the election of 2016.

By approaching autobiography as equally sociological, historical, and literary, this course facilitates a better understanding of the genre and opens new means of communication between disciplines in unraveling the meanings of human expression and experience. Sociological and historical issues raised by the materials are considered in tandem with the formal and stylistic means through which those issues are shaped in the works at hand.

Course Information



4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Spring 2018

Irene Linda Gordon
W: 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM KJCC 701
Kimberly K Phillips-Fein
W: 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM KJCC 701