Fall 2012

U. S. Wars: Korea to Afghanistan, Politics and Writing, 1950-2012

Listed in: History, as HIST-356


Martha Saxton (Section 01)


[US] This seminar will look at the wars the U.S. has engaged in since the end of World War II, military conflicts as well as the war on poverty and the war on drugs along with the politics creating those wars. We will also read samples of the fiction and nonfiction that have emerged from these events. The course will be taught at the Hampshire County Jail, where twelve incarcerated students will meet weekly with twelve Amherst College students to discuss the week’s readings and to reflect on this recent history that has shaped all of our lives. The course will have a weekly paper as well as a final project on which inside and outside students will collaborate in groups of four. One class meeting per week.

Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 12 students. Fall semseter. Professor Saxton.


Community Based Learning


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012