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California State University, Fullerton, History 475B

Dr. Leleua Loupe Office Hours: T/th 10-11 or appt 26B - 2481B
Leleualoupe@hotmail.com Contact: 951-990-1853
** I will only respond to e-mails from the above account. I will not respond to e-mails on the campus e-mail.

The Long 1950s: The United States in the Cold War
8:30 - 9:25 T/Th Section 3 CRN# 41537 Meets in Room 26A - 1831

Course Description

"When you talk about being a member of the Communist party, I'm not so much concerned whether they have a card in their pocket saying, 'I am a member of the party.'  I'm concerned about those men who are doing the job that Communists want them to do."
- Senator Joe McCarthy, on Meet The Press, 1950

"Perhaps there is not much more needed in a recipe for happiness... we become complete only through our children."
-  Editor, Better Homes and Gardens

"I now realized that not only were they better than me because they were white, but everything they o-vvned and everything connected with them was better than what was available to me."
-Anne Moody

This course will look at American society, politics, and culture during the Cold War era.
class will begin with the war's end and the increasing tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union.  It will explore the dominant culture, the conservatism and consensus as well as the quiet rebellion and dissent that emerged out of the post WWII United States.  We will immerse ourselves in the day-to-day life of postwar America: the nation's  fetish with anti­ Communism, its economic prosperity, the "security" provided by home and family, the move to suburbia, the pressure to conform, the emerging movements for civil rights as well as those who rebelled and rejected these central images of American society.

Goals and Objectives:
  1. To follow directions, be accountable and responsible for learning the information shared in class including reading assignments, audio and visual resources.
  2. To understand critically the historical development of American institutions and values and their impact on the individual and collective lives of Americans.
  3. Recognize the significance of cultural, intellectual, ethical, economic, and political struggles that have shaped American society over time.
  4. Understand critically the historical development of American institutions and values and their impact on the individual and collective lives of Americans.
  5. Recognize the significance of the interactionof ethnic and other social groups to the historicaldevelopment of American society, institutions, and values within contexts of accommodation and resistance.
  6. Understand critically how government under the Constitution of the United States has shaped American society.
  7. Critically situate changes in American society within the context of global events.
  8. Analyze primary source materials, engage in critical and constructive discussions, and communicate effectively in writing.
Required Texts:
  1. Altshuler, Glenn.  All Shook Up: How Rock n' Roll Changed America
  2. Fousekis, Natalie M. Demanding Child Care: Women's  Activism and the Politics of Welfare, 1940-1970
  3. Levering, Ralph and Pechatnov, Debating the Origins of the Cold War: American and Russian Perspectives (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers)  0847694089
  4. May, Elaine Tyler.  Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era (1999 edition)
  5. Schrecker, Ellen.  The Age of McCarthyism: A Brief History With Documents (2nd edition)
  6. Stern, Sheldon.   The Week the World Stood Still: Inside the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis
  7. Theoharis, Jeanne. The Rebellious Life of Rosa Parks
  8. There is also a course reader available at XCopy, 347 N. State College Blvd. (at Chapman Ave. right next to CVS). Phone:  714-738-7888.  You may purchase it in person or online at www.xcopyfullerton.com
  9. Video Links
  10. Student Campus Resources
Course Requirements:
Midterm 25%
Final Exam 25%
Participation &
20% Discussion
Discussion papers (6) 30%


Click to download the Participation Rubric
Basic writing mechanics
Critical Thinking and Reading Guide


Reading, Writing, Discussion, and Films:

I expect students to complete readings and any related assignments, BEFORE the class for which I list them. Be prepared to discuss each class reading assignment in class.

Reading: This course will emphasize reading, discussion, and writing.  Discussion can only be successful if every member of the class has done the assigned reading.  The reading that is assigned for a given day should be read before you come to class. You should be prepared to conduct in an in-class writing assignment every day there is reading due.
Discussion:  A significant portion of each week will be devoted to discussing a book, a set of articles, or a film.  Participation is expected from all members of the course and you are expected to be prepared to discuss even if you did not write a discussion essay on that particular day. Post on the discussion forum online before class and be prepared for in-class writing assignments each week.
Films:  Films will be on reserve in Pollak library.


Discussion Papers written outside of class: You will have opportunities to hone your writing skills in this course. Each student will write six 500-750 word discussion papers outside of class on the books and articles we will be reading (12 font, double-spaced, paginated) The goal of these papers is to focus your thoughts for discussion as well as to express your views clearly and economically. Everyone will turn in a discussion paper on the first set of readings due January 27.

Discussion Questions and In-class writing Assignments: most classes you will be given the opportunity to answer questions in groups and take notes and then to write short essays in class. Be prepared each day by having read the assignments and answered any questions made available to you prior to that class.

What should you write? There is some flexibility in what you write? Your essay should address one or two of the key themes raised in the discussion questions for the week. You might consider one of these questions: What connections do you see between the information presented in the readings to the themes we’ve been discussion in this course? You might connect a theme in one book with our discussions and other readings. A successful essay will have an introduction and thesis statement. It will also cite specific, pertinent examples from the readings.

Each essay should be submitted to turnitin.com via my website  at leleualoupe.com. You can upload your paper by finding the particular week’s topic and the turnitin.com assignment tab. Papers should be uploaded before class and you should turn in a hard copy to me in class as well. (Until this is made available to you just turn in a hard copy in class).

Midterm and Final: Finally, there will be an in-class mid-term and final exam (essay format).

**Graduate Students** will write a  5-7 page book review on an additional monograph.  You may select a book on the topic of your choosing, but all books must be cleared with the professor before you begin reading and writing.

While learning is what's most important in this class, I do have to evaluate what you do and in some cases assign a grade.

Throughout the semester there will be many opportunities for you to get feedback on your responses in class and on your writing.  On every piece of writing you tum in there will be comments on both the ideas you present and how well you convey what you're trying to say. These evaluations will give you concrete suggestions on how you might improve as well as tell you what you've accomplished already.

Since there will be graded assignments, here's an idea of the criteria I will use:

A:        Excellent - Makes creative contributions to discussions, writes insightful, coherent, original papers.
B:        Strong- Participates instructively in discussion, writes authoritative, clear, but conventional.
C:         Adequate - Participates superficially in discussions, writes competent pieces of limited

I will use the university’s  +/- grading system. Grades will be assigned on this scale:
A:        93-100%
A-:       90-92%
B+:      87-89%
B:        83-86%
B-:       80-82%
C+:      77-79%
C:        73-76%
C-:       70-72%
D+:      67-69%
D:        63-67%
D-:       60-62%
F:         -59%

Leleualoupe.com website: Be sure to familiarize with Titanium.  I will post all important course materials on this site.  In particular, I will place the exam questions, book and article discussion questions, and the power points from lecture if or when created on this site as they are available.  I am modifying the previous instructors course week by week so look for updates weekly.

Late Papers:  For every day the paper is late, it will be docked  1/3 of a letter grade (so a paper that would have received  a B had it been on time will be a B- if it is one day late, a C+ if it is two days late, etc.).  There will be no exceptions to this policy, except with my consent  prior to the due date of the paper.  Discussion papers are due the day we're going to discuss that particular book or set of articles.   I will not accept discussion papers after we've covered that set of readings in class, unless cleared with me in advance.

Attendance: Class attendance is mandatory. Since this course meets only once per week, missing more than two classes (with or without an excuse) will result in an eduction of your grade.  If you miss more than  twoclasses,  your grade will go down a full letter grade (A to a B or B to a C).  If you arrive to class after the attendance sheet has been passed around, you will not be able to sign it.  Missing more than  threeclasses  will result in a failing  grade in the course.

Academic Integrity: "Your knowledge and ability to think critically is the only thing no one can ever take away from you" - Loupe

I expect all students to follow university standards of academic integrity. You should familiarize yourself with the academic integrity guidelines found  in the student handbook. Plagiarism will not be tolerated in any form.  If you use direct word-for word quotations in your paper, they should be in quotation marks and cited properly.  You must also provide a citation when you paraphrase (putting someone else's ideas into your own words) from a text or document.  Improper use of materials during an exam or plagiarism in an essay will result in a zero for that assignment.  For more information on academic integrity see:

Emergency Preparedness: Please familiarize yourself with the campus emergency procedures. For Classroom Emergency Preparedness please visit: http://prepare.fullerton.edu/campuspreparedness/ClassroomPreparedness.asp

Participation and Exam Preparation
I expect you to do the work necessary to master the content of the class of which includes knowledge shared through reading assignments, lectures, discussion and films. I suggest you keep a journal in which, at the very least, you answer the question prompts and identify the key words listed on each power point. If you would like to earn an A in the class do include notes on the films and reading assignments, of which I usually have study guides available that will indicate specific information on which you may be tested.  If you would like me to take a look at your note taking I can make suggestions about how to improve your methods of mastering the material and therefore your performance on the exams. Note that participation is 50% of your grade. Take notes and be prepared to discuss content for each class period. You may use five pages, front and back, of notes for the exams.

learning and practicing how to read critically and take notes is critical in mastering the material and doing well in this class. Download the Critical Reading, Thinking and Writing Guide for reference. Keep a Journal of your note taking.

What to expect in Lecture:

A combination of lecture, video and discussion. Exam questions will be derived from lectures predominately and several from videos and chapters discussed in class. You may utilize any of the study guides that I provide to better prepare.

Common Types of Disruptive Classroom Behavior that you may be penalized for:
  1. Grandstanding: Use the classroom for themselves by monopolizing class discussion, speaking protractedly and bombastically on favorite subjects with no regard to relevancy to the discussion.
  2. Sleeping in Class: While passively disruptive, it sends a message to the other students about the quality of the class or teaching. It is disrespectful to the instructor and the other students
  3. Prolonged Chattering: Small cliques of 2-3 students who engage in private conversations or pass notes to each other.
  4. Excessive Lateness: Students who not only come in late, but make an entrance speaking to friends, walking in front of the professor, arranging their belongings.
  5. Noisy Electric Devices: Beepers and pagers going off in class or students talking on the telephone during the class.
  6. Disputing the Instructor’s Authority or Expertise: Students may be disappointed or frustrated over a grade and may debunk or devalue the instructor’s judgment, authority, and expertise. This may take the form of comments in the class or memos to department chair or dean.
If you display any of the above behavior I may ask you to leave the class for the day, week, or permanently or deduct points or value from your final grade. Make-up Policy:

Unless you have pre-arranged an alternative test with me NO MAKE UP EXAMS will be allowed after exams have been taken by the class unless PRE-ARRANGED with me. Do Not Ask.I will respond to e-mails during office hours and grade papers once a week, I require a 2 week turn-around time to return papers back to you or post grades given my workload. I may respond more frequently and get your papers back to you sooner but you can expect me to be available and respond to your inquiries as explained above.

All students are expected to do the work for this course with honesty and integrity. To do otherwise is to break one’s implicit contract with the instructors or with one’s fellow and sister students. Accordingly, anyone who cheats on an examination in any way or who submits work that is not wholly his or her own work will fail this course in its entirety.

Classroom Management:

ELECTRONICS ARE PROHIBITED. If I find a student using any kind of electronic device you will be asked to leave for the day, upon a third classroom removal I will ask the Dean to intervene. IF YOU DO NOT ATTEND CLASS and COMPLETE ASSIGNED COURSE WORK, YOU WILL NOT PASS. I will drop students from class for excessive absences.

Class Schedule:

Week 1 January 20, 2015
 Theme: Introduction to Class
Video: Atomic Cafe
Video Worksheet: Film Worksheet
Discussion: Before next class go to titanium and post reaction on the
News Forum feature
Week 2 January 27, 2015

Topic: Cold War Origins
Read: Levering, Debating the Origins of the Cold War; Truman Doctrine & NSC-68 (available on titanium
levering worksheet: A Critical Review
Post: on the News Forum before class and turn in a Discussion paper.

Week 3 February 3, 2015
Theme: Wars End and Reconversion
Video: “The Best Years of Our lives” on reserve
Discussion Questions: Questions
Discussion: Laura McEnaney, “Nightmares on Elm Street: Demobilizing
Week 4 February 10, 2015

Theme: Reconversion and Suburbanization
Discussion Questions
: Questions
Cohen, A Consumer’s Republic (excerpt); Wolfinger, “The American Dream for All Americans;” Hine, “The Luckiest Generation”; Marchand, “Trends in Postwar American Culture and Society”: “The Myers Move to Levittown”
Post: News Forum & Discussion Paper

Week 5 February 17, 2015

Theme: The Weapon of Anti-communism – McCarthysim
Good Luck and Good Night
Discussion Questions: Questions
Discussion: Schrecker, The Age of McCarthyism
Post: News Forum Discussion Paper

Week 6 February 24, 2015

Theme: The Weapon of Anti-communism-The Loyalty Crusade and the Assault on Labor
Video: Salt of the Earth (1956)
Discussion: Questions
Discussion: D’Emilio, “The Homosexual Menace”; Garcilazo, “McCarthyism,
                       Mexican Americans and the Los Angeles Committee…”
Post: News Forum Discussion Paper

Week 7 March 3, 2015
  Theme: A Cold War Society and Culture - Family Life and Gender Roles
film: The Femine Mystique at Home
Discussion: Questions
Discussion: May, Homeward Bound Intro & Ch. 4-8; Friedan “The   Problem Has No Name” (Excerpt); Feminine Mystique (online)
Post: News Forum Discussion Paper
Week 8 March 10, 2015

Theme:Religion, Homogeneity, and Civil Defense
Lecture: The Story of Stuff
Discussion: Questions
Filene, "'Cold War Culture': Doesn't Say it All"; Lipsitz, ''The Meaning of Memory: Family, Class, and Ethnicity in Early Network Television''; Spigel, Lynn. "Television in the Family Circle"
Post: News Forum & Discussion Paper

Week 9

March 17, 2015

Week 10 March 24, 2015
  Theme: Seeds of Discontent - Popular Culture, Entertainment and Shaking Things Up
Video: The History of Rock n Roll
Discussiont: Questions
Discussion: Altshuler, All Shook Up: How Rock n ·Roll Changed America
Forum & Discussion Paper



Week 11 April 7, 2015

Theme: Seeds of Discontent - Women's  Activism in the  Doldrums
Discussion: Questions
Film/Speech: Women at Work in WWII
Discussion: Fousekis, Demanding Child Care
Post: Forum & Discussion Paper

Week 12 April 14, 2015
 Theme: Cold War & Civil Rights
Worksheet: Questions
Discussion: "Executive Order 9981" (1948); Dudziak, "Brown as a Cold War Case:" Rosier, "'They Are Ancestral Homelands': Race, Place, and Politics in Cold War Native America;" Von Echen, "Who's the Real Ambassador? Exploding Cold War Racial Ideology"
Post: Forum & Discussion Paper
Week 13 April 21, 2015menchu Invite

Theme: Rights and Respectability - Civil Rights Movement
Video: Citizen King
Rosa Parks the Quiet Revolutionary
Worksheet: Questions
Discussion:  Theoharis, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
Post: Forum & Discussion Paper

Week 14 April 28, 2015 My office hours for this week: Monday 220- 4; Thursday 1130- 3.
 Theme: Youth Culture, Juvenile Delinquency, and Early Rebellion
Worksheet:Youth Rebellion Questions
Video/CD: "Rebel Without a Cause"
Discussion: Alan Ginsberg, "Howl"; Brienes, "The 'Other'  Fifties"
Post: Forum & Discussion Paper
Week 15 May 5, 2015
 Theme::  Kennedy's  Cold War:  Cuban  Missile Crisis and Vietnam
Worksheet: The Week the World Stood Still Questions
Video: The Manchurian Candidate (film is optional)
Discussion: Stem, Sheldon, The World Stood Still Inside the Secret Cuban
Missile Crisis; Kahin, “The Cold War and American Intervention in
Post: Forum & Discussion Paper
Week 16 May 12, 2015
Final Examination

We will meet at 5PM on FInals day, the room is not available before then. I will post the final Monday.

Use a blue book and be ready to turn it in at 5PM on Tuesday.