USA from Nixon to Trump with Andrew Rudolf

Ref: C2226992

Gain an understanding, in part, of the USA's development from Nixon to Trump. We explore how, since 1968, it handled the continuing demands of global dominance political, economic and cultural taken up, reluctantly, after victory in 1945. This dominance has, from time to time, seemed under grave threat. Its international peace keeping role distorted by the Cold War and latterly, the war on terrorism-overstretched its economy in the early 21st century. The Wilsonian legacy of exporting American values produced instability, especially, in the Middle East and growing anti Americanism. American society, fractured by debilitating social, economic and racial inequalities, defeat in Vietnam, flaws in various Presidents and industrial changes still seeks harmony, balance and confidence, though politically, Bill Clinton's and Obama's charismatic creation of enthusiastic popular support has polarised attitudes and eroded that bi-partisanship, crucial to the successful working of Government.

Additional information about this course

Half term break TBC. Course ends at 11:45am as there is a short 15 minute coffee break.

Course aim

Since 1968 the USA has seesawed between triumphs (USSR's collapse) and disasters (Vietnam defeat). Internally stubborn inequalities, social, racial and economic, resist remedies. Can stability & confidence be found hereafter?

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify the main development of the US economy
  • Identify why US society seems so conservative.
  • Assess the successes of the US response to international and political changes.
  • Assess what dangers may lie ahead for the democratic system and world leadership of the USA.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful. BOOKLIST: Brogan, H Longman Illustrated History of the USA 1999 Dumbrell, J American Foreign Policy from Carter to Clinton 1997 Woodward,B Five Presidents & the Shadow of Watergate

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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USA from Nixon to Trump with Andrew Rudolf


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