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American Radicalism (AMST 1000)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course surveys the evolution of American Radicalism (Right and Left Wings) from 1860 to the present. Organizations/Movements discussed include: the KKK, American Nazi Party, Aryan Nations, White Aryan Resistance, Posse Comitatus, Militias, Christian Right, Socialism, Anarchism, Communism, New Left, Women's Movement, American Indian Movement and The Black Panther Party.

Topical Outline:
1. The National Crisis over Slavery: The Abolitionist Movement; Reactionary movements such as the KKK
2. The Responses to Industrialism: Agrarian Populism, Socialism and Anarchism
3. Early 20th Century Movements: Communism and Fascism
4. Radical Movements of the 1960s: New Left, Women's Movement; Militant Civil Rights Groups

Learning Outcomes:
1. Identify, describe and analyze the role played by radicalism in the development of American politics, society, and culture
2. Respond critically to scholarly discourse about American Radicalism
3. Know and can apply key concepts such as culture, ideology, society and agency
4. Apply course content to analysis of contemporary American life

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 0200 or ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042

  • Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Goal 8: Global Perspectives