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AMST/ HIST 256B: The American 1950s and 1960s

Course guide for AMST/HIST256B The American 1950s and 1960s, the First Years of Our Own Time an American Studies, History, Culture and Belief (B), and Historical Inquiry (H) course and a course for the Africana Studies Minor

class notes Feb 2021

256 Research Topics

Majailah: alternative media; send video 
Matthew K: longitudinal; relation betw alternative and mainstream media 

--Go to OneSearch and search for alternative media

-View search results

--then use "alternative media"

Results show many older results but if you're looking for the effect of alternative media on the most recent election cycles and political conversation, choose "last five years on left"



Thuan T: socialism after WW2; does it lead to communism? McCarthy: 
START with Credo. Search for Communism and then do a keyword for socialism
----And THEN you can decide which country or countries to examine (or cite as examples of your thesis)

Jenna K: mental illness; 
(rise of mental illness cases after WW2) 

Alyssa F: pulsars, women in science (GREAT TOPIC, ALYSSA!) 
Start by searching only the terms pulsars women 
Use JSTOR, search same terms 
Then search: pulsars "women in science"

James L: interstates 

Zoe B: advertising, print; see Frank, Corp conquest of cool 
Search terms:

1960s business
advertising industry and the men's clothing business

Chris D: DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) insecticide); see Carson  

Orion G: pandemics 1957 
From the CDC: In February 1957, a new influenza A (H2N2) virus emerged in East Asia, triggering a pandemic (“Asian Flu”). This H2N2 virus was comprised of three different genes from an H2N2 virus that originated from an avian influenza A virus, including the H2 hemagglutinin and the N2 neuraminidase genes. It was first reported in Singapore in February 1957, Hong Kong in April 1957, and in coastal cities in the United States in summer 1957. The estimated number of deaths was 1.1 million worldwide and 116,000 in the United States.

Databases: ProQuest, JSTOR, EBSCO, OneSearch, Credo

Key words to use: 

H2N2 1957

"pandemic of 1957"

Noah H: urbanization of natives; detribalization 

--Naive Americans (moving to city)

Arman N: international institutions; UN and financial institutions; seeds of globalization 

Jasen S: artists and musicians; what makes fame? Intimate Strangers 
--try ProQuest/ JSTOR and the others
--search terms: "study of fame" or celebrity musicians
--choose peer-review because you want serious examinations 

Carter D: K response to Cold War 

Jake B: Vietnam: pro and anti 

Jennifer H: Gosse on New Left 
These keywords:

Gosse "New Left"

Evie W: comparison of Civil Rights 
--then and now



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