2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Browse
by subject...
    Schedule
view...
 
  COVID-19 Scheduling Updates!
See Stanford's HealthAlerts website for latest updates concerning COVID-19 and academic policies.

1 - 1 of 1 results for: HISTORY51Q

HISTORY 51Q: American Greed: From Gold Rush to Silicon Valley

For centuries greed reigned as one of the seven deadly sins, but in the nineteenth century, it went through a major transformation. This course will attempt to solve to puzzle of how greed became an acceptable and desirable component of the American Dream by the end of the Gilded Age. While studies on greed have tended to look to human evolutionary biology or the writings of political economists for answers, this course will turn to specific historical events and trends in the American context in order to trace how ordinary Americans have understood the place and meaning of greed in their lives over the past two centuries. Starting with the Gold Rush, an event that revealed a darker side to the values and ideals of a young nation, we will explore how dreams of El Dorado began a process that saw Americans questioning how the acquisition of wealth fit into their beliefs about what it meant to be an American. We will follow this question as it moved through debates over slavery, the conqu more »
For centuries greed reigned as one of the seven deadly sins, but in the nineteenth century, it went through a major transformation. This course will attempt to solve to puzzle of how greed became an acceptable and desirable component of the American Dream by the end of the Gilded Age. While studies on greed have tended to look to human evolutionary biology or the writings of political economists for answers, this course will turn to specific historical events and trends in the American context in order to trace how ordinary Americans have understood the place and meaning of greed in their lives over the past two centuries. Starting with the Gold Rush, an event that revealed a darker side to the values and ideals of a young nation, we will explore how dreams of El Dorado began a process that saw Americans questioning how the acquisition of wealth fit into their beliefs about what it meant to be an American. We will follow this question as it moved through debates over slavery, the conquest of Native lands, the women's movement, the labor movement, liberalism, monopoly, and the rise of corporations.nnIn the final part of the course, we will jump ahead to the present to look at modern parallels to the Gilded Age. Many of today's conditions, from high income inequality and political disunity to new technologies, appear strikingly similar. Furthermore, the landmark decision in Citizens United and the 2008 bank bailout seem to indicate a nation and culture fully in the grasp of greed, not unlike the earlier period in which the sin first became a virtue. At the same time, however, we see challenges and alternatives presented that call back to earlier ideals. You will work throughout the quarter on a research-based project on a topic of interest to you that connects the present to the past.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI
Instructors: Martin, N. (PI)
Filter Results:
term offered
updating results...
teaching presence
updating results...
number of units
updating results...
time offered
updating results...
days
updating results...
UG Requirements (GERs)
updating results...
component
updating results...
career
updating results...
© Stanford University | Terms of Use | Copyright Complaints