Online American History Courses

From British colonisation to revolution, through expansionism to the Trump administration, learn about US history and politics - its presidents, power shifts and presence in global politics. These history classes and lectures focus on many aspects of America’s rich history and allow you to engage with passionate tutors on a variety of topics prominent in the American story.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Ronald Reagan: the 'happy warrior'

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Reagan reset the American presidency after the traumas of the 60's and 70's. Often dismissed as a triumph of style over substance, Reagan changed the direction of the US and the world. Now, with some critical distance, it is time to review and appraise the man and what he achieved.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  2. US controversies: Cuba and the United States

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    In 2019, sixty years after Fidel Castro's rebel army overthrew an American-backed dictatorship, the US and Cuba are at a cross-roads: the Castro era now over; the Trump administration threatening to return to a Cold War footing. This one day course will reveal how we got here — via sugar cane fires and exploding cigars. It will use photography, film clips and primary sources to bring to life the stories that made that that history — and to ask, what happens next? Tutor: Jack Gain.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. US controversies: Slavery

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    On this brief half-day course, we’ll look at slavery as an issue in America. A brief overview of the history of African-American slavery in the US - what it was, the shape of slavery from nationhood to the American Civil War and its aftermath of Reconstruction. The course will focus on the ‘end’ of slavery, when does this occur, what happens and how the legacies of slavery are felt through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  4. A taste of American history

    Course Date: Wed 17 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Join this session for a taste of what our American history courses are like!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  5. US Controversies: Native American slavery in American history

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The course looks at colonial slave networks, economic and political motivations behind this trade to disclose a little known phenomenon of North American and Caribbean history. Tutor: Max Carocci.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. US controversies: Civil Rights

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course, split across two morning sessions, will provide an overview of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £35.00

  7. The American Civil War

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 18 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    It was America’s bloodiest clash – pitting friend and family against one another, and resulted in the death of more than 620,000, with millions more injured over the four years (1861 – 1865).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  8. Civil disobedience and protest in 1960s America

    New
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    More details soon.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  9. US history for beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This course offers a brief examination of, and introduction to, the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of the United States, 1608 - 2001.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  10. The American Dream

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 26 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    More details soon.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £83.00

  11. The emergence of modern America: the United States from 1865 to 1900

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    In this follow-up course to “Slavery and the Civil War” we will discuss the next phase of American history, covering the years from 1865 to 1900.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  12. The US and Latin America: From the Cuban Revolution to Pinochet

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Uncover a dramatic history of coups, interventions and revolutionary struggles. This course unravels the key themes of US-Latin American relations from the 1950s through to the 1970s, brought to life by film clips, photography and primary sources. Tutor: Jack Gain.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  13. Beyond the Great Depression: American politics, society and culture during the 1930s

    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The course covers the history of this changing period in the United States through the political, economic, cultural and social changes taking place from the Great Crash of 1929 to the end of FDR's 'New Deal' in 1939.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  14. The history of the FBI: 1908 - 1976

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 6 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    More details soon.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £83.00

  15. The Long Civil Rights Movement

    New
    Course Date: Mon 17 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    More details soon.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

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