Mark Sweeney's History Class Series
A History of Corruption in the United States:
What do we understand about corruption and the varieties of it that have shaped our national history? Looking into the past, we will analyze the costs of corruption, both public and private, and who have been its victims in the United States. The class will uncover how corruption changed over time, how perceptions of accepatable behavior for public officials changed, and if institutions changed in response. Both public and private corruption may be seen as endemic to a capitalist society, but at odds with citizens' commitment to obeying the law in a democracy. $25
Why World War I Matters in American History:
Many historians argue that World War I transformed American society and that the war is relevant for understanding our contemporary world. This class attempts to change the way we think about the American experience in the Great War. We will examine the ongling relevance of Wilsonian ideals in guiding us foreign policies; the immigrant experience during the war; how the modern surveillance state took shape during the war; the extensive postwar activism of African American veterans; female leadership during the war; and the fighting man's battlefield effectiveness.
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