Intellectual History of the United States since 1865

American Studies C132B is offered in Spring, 2014 at UC Berkeley. The course discusses key developments in U.S. thought since the middle of the nineteenth century, roughly beginning with the reception of Darwin. The broader story told in the class weaves together in the history of science and engineering, the arts and popular culture, philosophy, and education. Our goal is to trace how ideas, whether they are dominant, challenging, or look back, have affected the ways in which Americans live together. The class looks at how intellectual life has empowered and expanded the capacity of Americans to understand their world and achieve goals more effectively. The class also considers how intellectual theories have contributed to inequality and injustice.