Legacies of War, Displacement, and Immigration: Changing American Communities from WWII and Korea to Vietnam and Iraq
LAS 276 - Legacies of War, Displacement, and Immigration: Changing American Communities from WWII and Korea to Vietnam and Iraq3 hours American culture in the 20th and 21st centuries has been marked by war and war’s effects: the displacement of millions of people from their homes and countries of origin and the destruction of cities, towns, and traditional ways of life. New communities and identities are forged in wartime and its aftermath; often, the United States has become the testing ground for the cultural legacies of war. We will see American soldiers return to altered homes and immigrants arrive to discover both freedoms and restrictions in the American way of life. This course will examine the stories of people who have lived or perished in war’s violence and will also explore problems of survival and adjustment to postwar life. We will examine stories in literature and film, and ask questions about the ways in which wartime makes deep and lasting marks on identity, community and inequality.