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HIST312: Capitalism and Democracy in America

Unit 12: Post-War America in 1970   Following World War II, the United States rose to global dominance of what Timepublisher Henry Luce called “The American Century.”  Though locked in an ideological struggle with the Soviet Union, the United States exercised an unprecedented amount of global power fueled by its economic and military strength.  Because of America’s almost unrivaled position as the factory and breadbasket of the world, the U.S.  economy grew exponentially, expanding the middle class and shrinking the distance between the “haves” and “have-nots.”  One consequence was what many scholars view as the high-water mark of American political participation in the 20th century.

Unit 12 Time Advisory
This unit should take you 4 hours to complete.

☐    Subunit 12.1: 1 hour

☐    Subunit 12.2: 1 hour

☐    Subunit 12.3: 2 hours

Unit12 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • Identify and define the term “Cold War.”
  • Identify and define William Appleman Williams’ thesis regarding the relationship between the Cold War and the American economic and political systems.

12.1 The Cold War   - Lecture: iTunesU: UC Berkeley, Professor J. Bradford Delong, Economics 113, Lecture 12, “World War II and the Cold War, 1941-1956”  Link:  iTunesU: UC Berkeley, Professor J.  Bradford Delong, Economics 113, Lecture 12, “World War II and the Cold War, 1941-1956” (Youtube)

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55-minute lecture to get a sense of the economic ramifications of
WWII and the early Cold War.  
    
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12.2 Democracy and Capitalism in Post-War U.S. Foreign Policy   - Reading: History News Network/Thomas McCormick: “What Would William Appleman Williams Say Now?” The Saylor Foundation does not yet have materials for this portion of the course. If you are interested in contributing your content to fill this gap or aware of a resource that could be used here, please submit it here.

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12.3 American Society   - Reading: Wikibooks’ US History: “Eisenhower Civil Rights Fifties” Link: Wikibooks’ US History:Eisenhower Civil Rights Fifties” (PDF)

 Instructions: Please read the entirety of the entry to understand
the Great Compression of 1950s, or the expansion of the American
middle class and democracy.  
    
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open educational resource for use in undergraduate history
courses.  
    
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  • Reading: Wikibooks’ US History: “Kennedy and Johnson” Link: Wikibooks’ US History:Kennedy and Johnson” (PDF)

    Instructions: Please read the entirety of the entry to understand the Great Compression of 1950s, or the expansion of the American middle class and democracy.
     
    About the link: This online text was developed by Wikibooks as an open educational resource for use in undergraduate history courses.
     
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