From Barnum to Beatniks: Popular Arts in American History
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Osher (50+). In this course, we explore the history of American society through the lens of the popular arts.
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This course explores U.S. history through the lens of the popular arts. Focusing on nineteenth and twentieth century amusements, we examine popular entertainment, mass-produced novels, theatrical productions and shows, works of art, movies, music, and satire, and discuss the ways they reflect American society and historical changes. We also examine the power of the popular arts to influence politics, cultural developments, social movements, and international relations by putting these amusements in the context of the broader history of the time.