US History since watergate

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History 166D

The United States since Watergate

Required readings include the following books available for purchase at the UCEN and on reserve at the Library:  Matthew Sutton, Jerry Falwell and the Rise of the Religious Right: A Brief History with Documents (The Bedford Series in History and Culture, 2013) and Meg Jacobs and Julian Zelizer, Conservatives in Power: The Reagan Years, 1981-1989: A Brief History With Documents (Bedford Series in History and Culture, 2010). The required text for the course, Steven Gillon, The American Paradox: A History of the United States Since 1945 (2007) is available on gauchospace as a pdf under the number 09857 by permission of the author.

Each Youtube clip  (titles are taken directly from Youtube) is required, along with the reading.  The clips will enable you to understand our age much more clearly. It is easier to grasp Ronald Reagan’s appeal for millions, for example, if you spend some time watching him.  Each clip ranges in length from about 45 seconds to 10 minutes.  Please let me know if a clip has become inaccessible so that I can substitute something else. Lecture will make much more sense if you come to class after you have done the relevant reading and watched the appropriate youtube clips!

Your grade will be based on your performance on the midterm, April 30 (40%), and the final (60%),  Wednesday,  June 10 (12-3).  If you have three exams the same day, we can reschedule your exam.  Study questions will be given out a week before each exam.

No makeup exams will be given or deadlines extended unless you have obtained my permission in advance or have a dean’s excuse.

 

Week I   March 31

The Nightmare Continues

Despair and Doubt

 

Reading: Gillon, American Paradox, Introduction (“The American Paradox”) and Chapters 10-12

Watch:

Richard Nixon Resignation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEOGJJ7UKFM

Nixon’s Final Remarks to White House Staff

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfNjpHAMy2E

Gerald Ford Inauguration

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phrIdrQScr0

Ford Pardons Nixon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eM9dGr8ArR0

Vietnam Saigon Evacuation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AiyFF9qOls

“Saturday Night Fever Trailer”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq4ZMKqWk80

Week II  April 7

The Revolt Against Government and the Politics of Self-Absorption

From Busing to Bakke

 

Reading:  Reading:  Sutton, Jerry Falwell and the Rise of the Religious Right

Watch:

Reagan’s Impromptu Speech at 1976 GOP Convention

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-p-Nuu8hYQ

President Jimmy Carter Inaugural Address

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pHMv7grxYE

President Jimmy Carter–“Crisis of Confidence” Speech

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IlRVy7oZ58

From Desegregation to Resegregation: 1969-2008 (Parts 1 and 2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB_ck6BQFkM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vs74mvofDXM

The Busing Controversy in Los Angeles as of 1980

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvJrNYiiuq0

Proposition 13

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iitbuGBDz2A

1979 Demolition Night, Local News Coverage

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpQfCcsqQ0E

God Loves You (John 3:16); A Falwell Clip from the 70s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExEGqF5BTmE

Reverend Jerry Falwell on Ronald Reagan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdHIGZLawIc

 

Week III  April 14

Backlash

“Mad as Hell”

 

Gillon, American Paradox, Chapters 13-14

Watch:

Running in High Heels: Intro to Schlafly

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z36SkdYdfN0

Running in High Heels: The F Word

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOUQkEHQlfU

The Times of Harvey Milk Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jet-Ubwk5l8

Diane Feinstein Announces Harvey Milk’s Death

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NikqzmwbgU

Network—I’m Mad as Hell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dib2-HBsF08

Neil Young “Southern Man” Live

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjLcFQjq5G8

Sweet Home Alabama

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwWUOmk7wO0

Walmart Business Profile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJ0eoupiySw

 

Week IV  April 21

Roosevelt of the Right

Bowling Alone

 

Reading:

Jacobs and Zelizer, Conservatives in Power: The Reagan Years, 1981-1989

Watch:

Best of Reagan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzZr8FRPSDs

Ronald Reagan’s Remarks on the Challenger Shuttle Explosion

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mt_6S25JsV4

First Blood (Trailer 1982)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjptQSfuTy8

Total Ultimate Dallas Opening

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFN-LHYNYWU

Dynasty Theme Tune

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbhXUlRx-OQ

Iran Contra Coverup: 1 of 8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35KcYgMPiIM

1987 Robert Bork TV ad, narrated by Gregory Peck

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpFe10lkF3Y

Flashback: Ted Kennedy ‘Borking’ Bork (1987)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNaasFvvFlE

 

Week V  April 28

Bicentennial Blues

Midterm (April 30) covers reading and Youtube through Week IV

 

 

Week VI  May 5

Out of the Cold I:  Ronald Reagan and the End of the Cold War

Out of the Cold II: Bush I and the End of the Cold War

 

Reading: Gillon, American Paradox, Chapter 15

Watch:

President Reagan announces SDI on March 23, 1983

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG019Mzd8L4

Tank Man-Tiananmen Square Protests (with John Lennon)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV-tk8CrqCQ

BBC News—June 4, 1989, Tiananmen Square Massacre

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJBnHMpHGRY&NR=1

The Collapse of Soviet Empire (1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4bWo49OoFo

The Collapse of Soviet Empire. (2a)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3FgakSEDfA

The Collapse of Soviet Empire. (2b)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoeSnG-dUFw

The Collapse of Soviet Empire. (3)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wyq09lyG5x0

The Collapse of Soviet Empire. (4)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBeLqrrQAkE&NR=1

The Collapse of Soviet Empire. (5)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E583Oe8QhBA

Lloyd Bentsen Puts Down Dan Quayle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-7gpgXNWYI

Willie Horton 1988 Attack Ad

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io9KMSSEZ0Y

20th Century Battlefields—1991 Gulf War (Part 1/6)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phExw0diq7g&NR=1

2002 Dan Quayle ’69 & ‘Murphy Brown’ 10 Years Later

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjTPPJqUFhY

 

 

Week VII  May 12

Is America Kafkaesque?

Scandal Culture  (Note: May 15 is last day to change your grade to PNP)

 

Reading: Gillon, American Paradox, Chapter 16-17

Watch:

02/02/92 Anita Hill—60 minutes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B55icuOXOHk

Clarence Thomas High-Tech Lynching

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egTyaIAaqz8

Arlen Specter Interrogates Anita Hill

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfvDcMzyAlY

Rodney King Speaks; Late Troop Arrival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgiR04ey7-M

O.J. on the Run: The Bronco Chase

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcyyCi2b2AY

WDSU’s Hurricane Katrina Coverage

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP0EJzsCymA

Heckuva Job—Spike Lee Doc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dkDF5BXzpU

01/26/92:  The Clintons

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IpJUfy-Roo

Patrick Buchanan Culture War Speech Part I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO5_1ps5CAc

The President Impeachment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCJiHzE3zJY

The Bill Clinton Impeachment 10 Years Later

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GgPo2cHFq0

 

Week VIII May 19

Rage on the Right: The Antigovernment Revolution

No Class

 

Watch:

Ruby Ridge: American Standoff

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wncvHvUujX8

Waco: The Rules of Engagement (Trailer)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQT-0umIo6Y

KUSA Denver  Oklahoma City Bombing Trial Timothy McVeigh Veridct

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QssaxXROi_g

Tax Day Tea Party 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbyFeFhUTmI

 

 

Week IX  May 26

Two Americas?  The Red and the Blue

Armageddon?

 

Reading: Gillon, American Paradox, Chapter 18

Douglas Linder, “The Trial of Zaccarias Moussaoui: An Account”

http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/moussaoui/zmaccount.html

Jane Mayer, “Outsourcing Torture,”

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2005/02/14/outsourcing-torture

Jane Mayer, “A Deadly Interrogation,”

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2005/11/14/a-deadly-interrogation

Jane Mayer, “The Memo,”

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2006/02/27/the-memo

Jane Mayer, “The Black Sites”

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/08/13/the-black-sites

Steve Coll, “Remote Control”

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/05/06/remote-control

Jane Mayer, “Torture and Obama’s Drone Program”

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/torture-and-obamas-drone-program

David Cole, “How Many Have We Killed?”

http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2014/apr/29/how-many-have-we-killed/

David Cole, “The Drone Memo”

http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2014/jun/24/awlaki-secret-drone-memo/

“Senate Report: CIA Misled Public on Torture”

http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/09/politics/cia-torture-report/index.html“7 Key Points from the C.I.A. Torture Report,”

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/12/09/world/cia-torture-report-key-points.html

 

Watch:

Bush v. Gore

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lleCj1xG9aA

The End of Election 2000

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwDxs5q3-Z4

“Fahrenheit 9/11″—My Pet Goat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rO3F6mZUaE&feature=PlayList&p=68BCE796DD74588F&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=62

George W. Bush 9/11 Bullhorn Speech

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7OCgMPX2mE

The Speech That Made Obama President

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFPwDe22CoY

Kerry 2004-“Lifetime”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6wpG2Xesbk

Bush 2004 Campaign Ad-First Choice

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDWId87-8r8

Swiftboat Veterans on John Kerry-Sellout (2004)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phqOuEhg9yE

John Kerry Fights Back After Swift Boat Attacks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVHcxIDMA-A

 

Week X June 2

Wartime

Obama’s America

 

Watch:

George W. Bush Admits His Mistakes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Fm0CSC7waQ

President George Bush Exit interview with ABC Charles Gibson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__ECMoHDenY

Sarah Palin Speech Highlights

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Om2gNE48gDI

McCain Attacks Obama about “Joe the Plumber”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pssvmgEWVqM

Hockey Mama for Obama

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh9BmNuqeiQ

Barack Obama, “A More Perfect Union” (Excerpt)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5IBRJu1oyk

Mitt Romney’s “47%” Comments

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2gvY2wqI7M

Obama’s Broken Promise—Guantanamo Bay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyEU5_DTBis

Election Results 2012:  Nate Silver on How He Got It Right

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jDlo7YfUxc

 

 

 

Directions

 

On the day of the midterm, April 30, one of the questions on page 2 will be chosen at random, and you will be asked to write for 75 minutes on it.

 

We want to hear your interpretations, and we want you to support your essays with specific and relevant examples from the readings, YouTube clips, and lectures.  Feel free to make your political sympathies clear:  It’s  difficult to hide them in talking about the United States since Watergate, and you may have noticed that I’m frank about mine!  J 

 

            The trick is to make an argument that includes a thesis statement at the outset, use your evidence wisely to support it, and reach a conclusion. Be creative and bold, but don’t be afraid to be cautious. For example, if you aren’t sure whether the Reagan Revolution was a success, explain the reason(s) for your uncertainty.  On the other hand, if you are convinced it was a success or failure, tell us why.

 

Please bring bluebooks (preferably the big ones), and, unless you really need to write with a pencil, please use pens.

 

Please be sure to address every issue and topic raised by each question!  You may wish to form study groups, but you must use your own words to express your thoughts on the essay, not those of your study group partners.

 

Page citations are unnecessary.  But feel free to say, for example, As Gillon/Sutton/Jacobs and Zelizer/the “Saturday Night Fever” trailer show(s)/indicate(s)/demonstrate(s) etc. when you are relying on those sources for specific points.

 

You can use THE OTHER SIDE OF PAGE 2 to bring  in HANDWRITTEN notes that you think will be helpful.

 

 

Extra office hours, Tuesday, October 29, 123-5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions (ONE will be chosen at random)

 

  1. Write an essay on “the seventies” (defined as 1974-80) that explores the “clash of cultures” (including, of course, the growth of the religious right) and the loss of faith in government and Presidential leadership; explains how Reagan won election in 1980; and evaluates whether the period deserves to be considered the “worst of times.”

 

 

  1. Even assuming Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980 represented a victory for conservatism, Meg Jacobs and Julian Zelizer demonstrate that, once in power, conservatives discovered that undoing liberalism was no cinch! Explore the impact of the Reagan Presidency on politics and domestic and foreign policy. Do you consider the “Reagan Revolution” a success?  Why or why not?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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