We’re experiencing a crisis and conflict in our country’s political life with highly polarized political parties and a sharply divided population as we head into the 2024 election. We will also discuss crises and conflicts of the past including the titanic battle for approval of the Constitution; the long political struggle over slavery; reconstruction, Jim Crow and the Ku Klux Klan; the Gilded Age, its economic disparities and the response of the Progressive movement; the women’s suffrage movement; the Great Depression and the New Deal; the blacklist and McCarthyism and the 1960’s civil rights struggle. Class discussion will include the relation of these past crises to what we’re experiencing today.
Read: The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, Jon Meacham
This course is offered with the generous support of the Association for Continuing Education.