Heading into the 2020 election year, the United States is experiencing what sometimes feels like unprecedented political strife and polarization. This is not, however, the first time that this country has experienced extreme crisis, conflict, and polarization. This course will center on the presentation and discussion of other points of contentious conflict in our history and how they were resolved, including: the battle to approve the Constitution, the battle over slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the rise of the Klu Klux Klan, the economic disparities of the Gilded Age, the crusade for women's suffrage, the Great Depression and FDR's New Deal, McCarthyism, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and the struggle for civil rights legislation under Clinton and Obama.
Required text: The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, Jon Meacham
This seminar-style course has limited enrollment to allow small group discussion.
This course is offered with the generous support of the Association for Continuing Education (ACE).