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Fall 2007 Course

"From the Cold War the the War on Terror"
Taught by Dr. Deborah Kisatsky of Assumption College
Wednesdays, 4 to 7 p.m.
Location TBA

This course will analyze events and trends of American history from 1945 to the present. We will learn about the Cold War — its causes, contours, and consequences — at home and in the world during the half century after World War II. We will also explore domestic protest during the 1960s (civil rights, the antiwar movement, feminism, the student movement, and the counterculture), Lyndon Johnson's Great Society Program, the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Reagan '80s, the "boom and bust" years of the 1990s, 9/11, the War on Terror, and the ongoing war in Iraq. Along the way we will explore intersections of class, race, gender, political power, and popular culture. We will seek to discern transformations in American life over time, while also identifying historical continuities in the national experience. Enrolled teachers will study and intensively discuss historical books, essays, documents, and other sources. Each participant will deliver one or more presentations dealing with assigned readings, in addition to writing two interpretive essays and producing a final project whose purpose is to synthesize course material into an overarching appreciation of the period.

About the instructor

Dr. Deborah Kisatsky, an associate professor of history at Assumption College where she has taught since 2001, is one of the leading young historians of American foreign policy and twentieth-century history. She did her graduate work at the University of Connecticut and published her dissertation as The United States and the European Right, 1945-1955 with Ohio State University Press (2005). She is also co-author of the standard textbook in U.S. diplomatic history, American Foreign Relations: A History, 2 vols., 6th ed., with Thomas G. Paterson, J. Garry Clifford, Shane J. Maddock, and Kenneth Hagan (Houghton Mifflin, 2005), with a 7th edition forthcoming in 2008, and of the Brief Edition, 1st. ed. (2006). She has also written several articles and given papers at numerous professional conferences.

Due to the nature of the Teaching American History grant, there is only enough funding to pay for twenty teachers to take each offered course/institute. Millbury and Sutton are allotted two spots each for each offering. In the event that either district opts not to utilize one or both spots for a particular offering, the spot(s) will go back to Worcester. Since the number of participants in the program is limited, preference will be given in the following order: people enrolled in the M.Ed. in History program at Worcester State College, high school teachers who teach United States History, grade 3 and 5 teachers who teach Massachusetts/US History, and then other teachers who have applied.

The course is worth 3 graduate credits through Worcester State College. One additional credit can be earned by completing two of the three Saturday seminars, bringing the total earned credits for the semester to 4. However, Saturday seminars are also open to teachers who are not enrolled in the course. The TAH grant will pay for the credits earned by the participant for each institute, and books and other readings will be supplied. Accepted participants will receive more information.


Applications are due by June 8, 2007


For more informtaion, please contact Amy Sopcak at (508) 471-2129 or asopcak[at]

Preference will be given to teachers from the Worcester, Millbury, and Sutton school districts, but teachers from other districts who are interested are encouraged to contact Amy to be placed on a waiting list.

TAH Courses, Saturday Seminars, and Summer Institutes, 2006-2008



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