This course examines the history of the United States in the twenty-first century, paying particular attention to issues that have dominated media coverage in recent years: migration, economic decline, systemic racism, environmental crisis, reproductive rights, and war. Through readings and discussion of recent scholarship and long-form journalism as well as popular culture including film, television, fiction, and music, we will explore the histories of these contemporary crises, their impact on contemporary U.S. culture, and how Americans of diverse backgrounds have responded to them. As we do so, we will also discuss what can and should be done to address these challenges.