This course is about the 1940s in American and world history and the roles of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. It includes a study of the events giving rise to World War II, the U.S. in the period before Pearl Harbor, the war in the European and Pacific theatres, the origins and history of the Holocaust, America’s special role in saving the civilized world and the U.S. at home and internationally in the post-war world. Class discussion will focus on the relevance of these events to today’s domestic and international challenges. We’ll also watch one of the great movies to emerge from the war – The Caine Mutiny.
Read: No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II, Doris Kearns Goodwin
This course is offered with the generous support of the Association for Continuing Education.