This course examines the history of the US since 1945 with a particular focus on political, social and economic changes. Topics covered include Civil Rights Movements; Cold War domestic politics; interest groups on the right and left; youth culture, counterculture and the sexual revolution; consumer culture; role of corporations in shaping American life; immigration; and the global influence of the American economy. Classes will include a mixture of lecture and discussion. Requirements include response papers, a mid-term and a final examination. Readings average 100 pages per week.