History of the Americas

American History Courses Online & In London

The histories of the landmass we now call the Americas are rich, complex, and still being written as new evidence emerges and material is reinterpreted via new questions and perspectives. In other words, the histories of the Americas offer not only different takes on the perhaps familiar histories of North America, but also new perspectives on and from Central America, the broader Caribbean, and South America. 

There is much to explore; from the emergence of diverse North American and Caribbean societies and Central and South American empires built on agriculture and trade as well as the imperial and independent states that emerged in the centuries following the violent encounters with the Europeans to the new conflicts of the World Wars and the Cold War. 

Violence, expansion, resistance, and revolution are central to the histories of the Americas, but far from all that define them. 

Join us to learn about and engage with the various and rich histories of the Americas. We offer a range of courses, short and long, online and face-to-face courses as well as reading groups, exploring different aspects of the histories of the Americas.

 

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Latin American history: from the independence wars to the present
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sebastien Ardouin
    (Re)discover the troubled but exciting political and socio-economic history of Latin America, between dictatorship and democracy, boom and recession, and gain a deeper understanding of the current situation in the continent’s different countries.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £130.00
  2. A taste of American history
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dafydd Townley
    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 £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £5.00
  3. The rise of the American Dream: 1940s - 1950s
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dale Mineshima-Lowe
    This course will cover the changing period in America – where the nation is on the brink of going to war; the impact of the War on America – domestically and on the global stage.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
  4. US history for beginners
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dafydd Townley
    This online 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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £45.00
  5. Colonial America: European Settlement 1560 – 1815
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dafydd Townley
    The online course explores European settlement (British, French, Spanish, Russian, Swedish) of North America. It examines the differences between English colonies; the American Revolution; the formation of the United States; and the War of 1812.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £85.00
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  6. Mexico: From the war of independence to the present
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Anna Grimaldi
    Want to know more about Mexico? Join us in this course where we look at the history of Mexico beginning with the first independence uprisings in the early 19th century until the presidency of Andrés Manuel López Obrador.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £50.00
  7. Making the American World: US foreign policy from the Cold War to Biden
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jack Gain
    Follow the ascendancy of American power, from 1945 up to the Biden administration, through a history of wars, foreign interventions and “soft power”. 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 £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £70.00
  8. American Liberalism from FDR to Biden
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Kennedy
    This is a one-day course which will provide an overview of liberalism in American politics and how the ideology has evolved over time.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  9. Haiti in history
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    Join us to discover the remarkable history, culture and politics of the Caribbean island of Haiti and the extraordinary resilience of its people since the revolution of 1791-1804. How has Haiti shaped a social and political identify for itself and what challenges have Haitians faced?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £32.00
  10. American conservatism from Hoover to Trump
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Kennedy
    This is a one-day course which will provide an overview of conservatism in American politics and how the ideology has evolved over time.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £38.00
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  11. Religion and U.S history
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Kennedy
    This one-day course will provide an overview of the role of religion in American life, from the colonial era up until the present day.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  12. Slavery and the Civil War: The United States from 1815 to 1865
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 25 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dafydd Townley
    This online course will look at American history from 1815 to 1865. Much of the course will focus on how regional divisions developed, how the topic of slavery divided the nation, and how that ultimately culminated in The Civil War. However, we will also look at other political, economic, social, and cultural developments during that half century.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £85.00
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  13. Memories of authoritarian regimes in 20th Century Latin America
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 2 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Anna Grimaldi
    This course explores the aftermath of authoritarian and military regimes in Latin America, focusing on Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Guatemala.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £55.00
  14. Jamaica: People, culture and society
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    Join us for a weekend workshop to discover Jamaica’s history, in which we will explore the ways in which this Caribbean island has shaped its own social, cultural and political identify since the abolition of slavery and the apprenticeship system in the 1830s.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £32.00
  15. How America replaced Britain in the Middle East 1945-2003
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nomaan Hanif
    This course charts the post 1945 entrance of the United States into the Middle East and the power struggle which ensued with Britain as a consequence. The course pierces the official discourse on the transatlantic relationship and provides a different perspective on how to understand and explain the volatile politics of the region. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
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