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Themes in American History

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
15
ECTS points
7.5
Level
Level 7
Module lead
Kendrick Oliver
Academic year
2021-22

Module overview

This module draws upon the expertise of three US historians to explore different dimensions of the American past, from the founding of the republic forward. This year, we will be focusing on the theme: ‘The other among us: conspiracies, cults and counterradicalism in US history’. It will explore the concept of an American ‘paranoid style’ and its application to a range of different movements, crusades and moral panics from the post-bellum period through to the present day. Topics will include: the Ku Klux Klan, Voodoo, Anarchism and populist anti-capitalism, Red Summer/Red Scare: white violence and state repression 1919-20, McCarthyism, Black Panthers/COINTELPRO, Waco and its consequences, the FBI entrapment of American Muslims, and QAnon.

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