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E-Seminars in This Series

E-Seminar 1
The Post-New Deal Order


E-Seminar 2
The Politics of Anticommunism


E-Seminar 3
The Stable Fifties


E-Seminar 4
The Subversive Fifties


E-Seminar 5
Kennedy, Johnson, and the Great Society


E-Seminar 6
The Civil-Rights Movement


E-Seminar 7
The Vietnam War


E-Seminar 8
Cultural Revolutions


E-Seminar 10
The Rise of the Right


America Since 1945
A Series of Ten E-Seminars


 
America Since 1945
E-Seminar 9, The Age of Limits

Taught by: Alan Brinkley

Description
E-Seminar Description
In The Age of Limits, the penultimate e-seminar in the series America Since 1945, Professor Alan Brinkley examines the shift in the prevailing outlook and worldview of Americans during the 1970s, as assumptions about economic abundance and American power gave way to a new awareness of scarcity and constraints, including constraints on the government's ability to influence the course of events in foreign countries. In this e-seminar, Professor Brinkley discusses inflation and the growing trade imbalance and looks at the presidencies of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.

The series America Since 1945, which offers an introduction to and a framework for understanding the United States since the end of the Second World War, presents a wealth of period imagery and media, short biographical entries of key figures, an interactive timeline, and readings to supplement Professor Brinkley's lectures.

E-Seminar Length:3–5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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E-Seminar Objectives | Outline | Instructor's Background | Recommended Reading | Technical Requirements

E-Seminar Objectives
•    Learn about the change in outlook and worldview of Americans in the 1970s.

•    Learn about the Ford and Carter presidencies.


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Outline
1. A New and Different Period
2. A Transformed Economy
    Labor Loses Out
    Victims of Technology
    Decline of the Keynesian Order
3. Inflation
    Curbing Self-Indulgence
4. Waning Influence
    New Prescriptions
5. The Presidents
    Ineffectual Leadership
    Malaise
6. Limits Issues
    Living with Disorder
7. Conclusion

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Alan Brinkley is the Allan Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University in New York, where he has taught since 1991. He is currently Chair of the Department of History. His published works include Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression (Knopf, 1982), which won the 1983 National Book Award; The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People (Knopf, 1992); The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War (Knopf, 1995); and Liberalism and Its Discontents (Harvard, 1998). He is presently writing a biography of Henry R. Luce, to be published by Knopf.

His essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in scholarly journals and in such periodicals as the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, the Times Literary Supplement, and the London Review of Books. He has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the National Humanities Center, the Media Studies Center, Russell Sage Foundation, and others; and he was the recipient of the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize at Harvard. He is chairman of the board of trustees of the Century Foundation (formerly the Twentieth Century Fund), a member of the editorial board of the American Prospect, a member of the board of directors of the New York Council for the Humanities, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1998–99 he was the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University.

He received his A.B. from Princeton and his Ph.D. from Harvard.

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Recommended Reading
Blum, John M. Years of Discord: American Politics and Society, 1961–1974. New York: Norton, 1991.

Kutler, Stanley I. The Wars of Watergate: The Last Crisis of Richard Nixon. New York: Knopf (distributed by Random House), 1990; Norton, 1992.

Schulman, Bruce J. The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Society, and Politics. New York: Free Press, 2001.

Schulzinger, Robert D. A Time for War: The United States and Vietnam, 1941–1975. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Sheehan, Neil. A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam. New York: Vintage, 1988.


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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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