This topic explores the internal tensions and conflicts that have marked modern American history. Looking at events from the 1920s to the new millennium, it charts the way that conflicting ideas about politics, society, and identity have divided Americans. It is particularly interested in competing visions of what kind of country the United States should be and who should be able to access the American Dream.
Our discussions will address some of the following subjects and themes: the role of government; liberalism and conservatism; poverty; Red Scares; immigration; white supremacy; African American struggle; protest and activism; sexual revolution(s); feminism; the culture wars; the Moral Majority.
This topic aims to:
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