Controversial Issues in American History
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Mannes College The New School for Music
Department: Humanities
Course Number: CBHM 3000
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Humanities
  • Liberal Arts
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
Topics to be explored include: witchcraft, frontier, genocide, war, and imperialism; slavery, racism, and blackface minstrels, night and its modernization, ethnicity and assimilation, women's rights and feminism, gender identity, sexuality, pornography, contraception, abortion, prostitution, courtship, marriage, child-rearing, domestic violence, divorce, poverty and consumerism, "high" vs. "low-brow" culture and humor, Darwinism, Marxism, anti-Communism, Psychoanalysis, jazz, and the counter-culture, drug use, pugilism and extreme sports, gun control and hunting, animal rights, "wellness," exercise, and dieting, mental illness, eccentricity and the "other," gothic horror, serial and mass killing, gangs, and religious cults. Primary sources used are newspaper and magazine articles, diaries, autobiographies, hygiene and etiquette manuals, novels, short stories, poems, and popular songs, films, and works of anthropology, sociology, and psychology. Written requirements are a midterm and final exam, and two 3-5 page "thought" papers.
Course Open to: Majors Only


Open to Undergraduate students.