American conservatism from Hoover to Trump

Course Dates: 20/02/21 - 21/02/21
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Online

This is a one-day course which will provide an overview of conservatism in American politics and how the ideology has evolved over time.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

This course is about American political conservatism, what the ideology is, how it has evolved over time, debates amongst proponents, and critiques by opponents and academics.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

-Herbert Hoover’s response to the Great Depression
- The Republican Party’s critiques of FDR’s New Deal
- McCarthyism
- Key figures, including: Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon, George Wallace, Ronald Reagan, and Newt Gingrich
- Neoconservatism
- The Religious Right
- Conservative Populism
- Donald Trump’s election and administration.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Better understand what is meant by “conservativism”
- Better understand how the Republican Party’s ideology has changed and evolved over time and what it means to be in one or another “wing” of the party.
- Have a better understanding of the political debates raging in the USA during Republican primaries.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory-level course. No prior knowledge is necessary, only curiosity.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

-The tutor will use a combination of lecture, discussion, and group activities to teach the course.
- You do not need to do work outside of class, but reading materials will be available if you wish to learn more.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Be prepared to take notes. Bring a pen and paper or a laptop/tablet.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Take a look at our range of American History courses available in our prospectus or online.


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Go - if you are interested in politics you will learn a lot! There are linkages with UK politics too.
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Tutor Biographies
Brian Kennedy

Brian was born and raised in the U.S.A. but moved to England seven years ago and recently became a British citizen. He has a master's and doctorate in U.S. history and has taught at Ohio State, Roehampton, Sheffield, and Hertfordshire universities. He is particularly interested in the roles of religion and ethnicity in American politics. As such, he has written about American Catholics during the Great Depression and Republican support for the Zionist movement. During his free time, he volunteers at Mind and a local history museum. He is an avid fan of all Boston sports teams and recently began reading science fiction novels.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HAH13

Sat-Sun, day, 20 Feb - 21 Feb '21

Duration: 2 sessions

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £55.00
Concession: £35.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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