This course examines United States social, cultural, intellectual, economic, political, and transformational history from the end of World War II in 1945 to the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Given our focus on the recent past, special emphasis is placed upon the importance of the historical perspective to an understanding of contemporary affairs. Major themes include: America's rise to the world power, the development of the Keynesian welfare state, the concentration of corporate wealth and power, the persistence of poverty amidst plenty, and the changing status of American women and racial and ethnic minority groups.