HIST 373
Va Va Vroom!--A Nation on Wheels
Last Offered Fall 2006
Division II
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

Arguably the single most powerful agency shaping life in the United States since the beginning of the twentieth century has been the automobile. Making cars go–building and maintaining them and the systems they require–is by far the nation’s largest industry. From cities and towns to the smallest hamlets and the uninhabited wilderness beyond, the American landscape has been totally transformed by the automobile. In a hardly less important vein, automobiles have left an indelible imprint on the dreams we dream. They have also changed forever where we live; the way we rear our children; how and what we consume; the demands we make on government; the crimes we commit; the way we enforce the law–even the way we go to our graves. The course will consider this protein phenomenon selectively and in detail. Readings will be drawn from a wide variety of sources.
The Class: Format: seminar/discussion
Limit: 30
Expected: 25
Class#: 1672
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: both short and long papers, an optional final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: History majors
Unit Notes: meets Group F requirement in History major only if registration is under HIST
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives
HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada

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