NYU Steinhardt

Biography in American History

  • Course Number: SOCED-GE 2252
  • Hours: 30
  • Units: 3
  • Description: This course uses biography & autobiography to explore the history of dissent & social protest in recent American history. The primary chronological focus is on the turbulent 1960s, but we also assess the aftermath of that pivotal decade. The biographical & autobiographical subjects include: Mary King, Robert Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Tom Hayden, Todd Gitlin, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abbie Hoffman, J. Edgar Hoover, George Wallace, Margot Adler, David Harris, John Lewis, & others. The course also asses the strength & limitations of biography & autobiography as historical sources.
  • Old Course Number: E23.2252