Vietnam to Iraq: Social and Political Changes in Modern America
This course is designed for students who have a strong interest in analyzing events in American history from the Vietnam War through the war in Iraq. Emphasis will be placed on studying topics such as the Watergate scandal and political movements during a volatile moment in United States history, American social changes during the 1970s, the Iranian Hostage Crisis, Reaganomics, the end of the Cold War, and US foreign policy decisions that dominated the era. There will be an emphasis on studying the Vietnam War through the eyes and experiences of visiting veterans and personal memoirs from A Rumor of War (Philip Caputo) and The Things They Carried (Tim O’Brien). Crucial events from the Vietnam War will be studied including the Tet Offensive and the My Lai Massacre, along with the major social changes that they brought to American society. Students will also look at how changes in America were seen through the eyes of the consumer through television, movies and popular culture.
- History course