US Controversies

The United States of America was founded in controversy: the first major colonial revolution of modern times, and a democracy in an age of kings. Its foundational principles of freedom, equality, and the pursuit of happiness, have never been realised for the whole of society. It has, moreover, embraced despots and terrorists abroad while championing democracy and freedom at home. In this series of courses, we interrogate a range of controversial topics from US history: from poverty and slavery to its relationships with its neighbours, and from its internal race relations to its ‘new imperialism’. Taught in a variety of formats across our weekend programme, the US controversies series allows you to explore some of the darker sides of American history.

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. US controversies: The Ku Klux Klan (KKK)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This is a one-day course which will provide an overview of the Ku Klux Klan and its role in American history.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

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