We are experiencing a major crisis and conflict in our country’s political life with highly polarized political parties and voters. However, the country has experienced this in the past and this course will discuss those conflicts and how they were resolved. These conflicts include the battle over the approval of the Constitution; the long political struggle over the future of slavery; reconstruction, Jim Crow and the rise and fall of the Ku Klux Klan; the Gilded Age and its growing economic disparities (similar to our own era) and the response of the progressive movement; FDR’s struggles with the Republican party and the Supreme Court in enacting the New Deal during the depression; the black list and the rise and fall of McCarthyism; and the battle over civil rights legislation in the 1960s.
Read: The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, Jon Meacham
The course is offered with the generous support of the Association for Continuing Education (ACE).