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FALL 2018


HIST 395: American Populism from Andrew Jackson to Sanders and Trump

Dr. Stephanie Muravchick

Tues/Thurs 2-3:50 p.m. 

Donald Trump rode a wave of conservative populism into the presidency in 2016, as he attacked both immigrants and Washington elites. He may have faced his stiffest competition not from candidate Hillary Clinton but rather from Bernie Sanders, who appealed to voters through similar attacks on the establishment from the left. Once in office, however, the administration’s strongest populist rhetoric and figures, such as Steve Bannon, did not last. The 2018 midterm elections give Democrats a chance to take Congress. Will they? And do these developments mean America’s populist moment over? This class will put these elections and the current administration into historical perspective by examining the way maverick politicians and populist activists have championed “the people” against the powerful and the powerless over two centuries. Students of all political stripes are welcome. Whatever their beliefs, they will gain a deeper understanding of the sources, successes, and failures of these appeals in American history.

(Course counts towards a US history area - course substitution will automatically be applied)


HIST 395: Civil Rights and Black Power Movements in Memory and Film

Dr. Marc Robinson

Tues/Thurs 4-5:50 p.m. 

Explores the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements of the United States, as a branch of African American History, through feature films, documentaries, and other selected works.  Covers key events, organizations, and leaders. Considers competing narratives and contrasting recollections of the era.  This is not a course in film studies or criticism.

(Course counts towards a US Diversity history area - course substitution will automatically be applied)