THE OXFORD ACADEMY
2008-2009 & 2009-2010
This course focused on the social, intellectual, and cultural history of the United States from the Second World War through 9/11. This included, but was not limited to, the rise of the military industrial complex; McCarthyism; the (long) Civil Rights Movement; consumerism; second and third wave feminism; Watergate; Reaganomics; and the birth of internet culture.
Core secondary readings came from two sources: James Patterson’s Grand Expectations and David Halberstam’s The Fifties. Critical readings of the article versions of Francis Fukuyama’s “The End of History” and Samuel Huntington’s “The Clash of Civilizations” were also key for the last part of the course.
Films and television shows included: On the Waterfront; To Kill a Mockingbird; Mad Men; All the President’s Men; and Black Hawk Down.