This course examines how American history has been presented through various forms of popular culture in the 20th century. Using film, television, literature, public history sites, and other popular media, we investigate how historical narratives have been created and distributed to broad public audiences, how popular presentations can impact Americans’ understanding of the past, and whether popular histories have broader consequences in American life. Students will consider the ways popular presentations of United States history have reflected broader economic, social, political, artistic, and ethical systems of belief and practice, as well as beliefs, structures, and practices of inclusion and exclusion in American society.