Elvis, Dylan & Postwar America
HIST-A225 with Instructor Kelly Bosworth
“God Bless America,” “Hound Dog,” “The Times They Are A-Changin’” – what can the popular music of an era tell us about its people? Major changes took place in American culture and politics from the end of World War II through the decade of the 1960s. In World War II and the Cold War, there were efforts to foster unity, patriotism, and consensus in American society by celebrating ideals of loyalty, military power, traditional family values, consumer happiness, and even white supremacy. During the 1950s and 1960s, however, strong currents of dissent arose in opposition to these prevailing ideals. We will explore these many tensions through music and other mass cultural forms. Through lectures, discussions, readings, curated playlists, and films, we will investigate postwar cultural heroes like Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan – among others – to see the role they played in reflecting and shaping the contours of major political and social developments. No prior musical knowledge necessary!
- Summer Session II
- 100% Online, Synchronous (MTWR, 4:20 PM - 6:10 PM)
- Fulfills GenEd S&H, CASE S&H