The United States: 1940-1975

Feb 2021

TAKE. THIS. CLASS. I took this class with Professor Carnes my Freshman Fall while in my midwest, childhood bedroom during COVID. This class was easily the best thing that happened to me during that entire semester. Professor Carnes is the BEST storyteller I've ever learned from. In the first lecture, he provides a quote from W.H. Auden that sums up the entire semester. From then on, he slowly frames his lectures around a few main points. To be clear: those points are NOT politically driven. He makes it a point to present the class from a largely neutral stance, although he does make some funny jokes about situations like watergate. I also want to speak specifically on this class in the context of Zoom and COVID. Carnes was easily one of the most understanding professors I had, which was so necessary for me starting college from home. During the semester, Carnes reduced the length of the midterm, the final, our last project, and gave everyone an additional "free A" on one of the final exam questions because he liked our second projects so much. I cannot express how much I'd recommend this class to others. Carnes made me excited to go to class, and even excited to write the midterm and final essays because the questions he asked were so dang thought-provoking.

Dec 2016

Professor Carnes' US History class is a must take class at Barnard. For every class, he was always passionate, engaging, and enthusiastic Reading quotes from primary sources and asking questions about what the students do given the same information the decision makers had at that time, he truly makes history come alive. Readings are not that much are not necessarily to do well on his exams. Solely paying attention during his lectures, which is easy to do given how engaging and interactive they are, will prepare the students well for the exams. And even if you do poorly on the midterm, he understands that they may not accurately reflect your intelligence and how much you understand the materials, so if you do well on the final, he will give that into consideration when determining the final grade of the course.