The US Presidents - Abe Lincoln and Successors

Ref: C3744678

We will continue our study of the US Presidents. We will examine the lives of the men who became presidents during the period in which the United States became an increasingly industrialized nation and changed from a country that was almost destroyed by the Civil War to one which began to play a role as a world leader in the run-up to World War I. Woodrow Wilson was a small boy in Virginia at the start of the Civil War and we will examine the changes that led to his presidency and to America's rise as a modern nation. began to take beginning with the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln. We will examine how this period redefined the United States and how it altered and strengthened the role of the Presidency. Of course, everyone knows Abe, but just as fascinating are the stories of those lesser-known Presidents whose difficult task was to implement and preserve his legacy. Their successes and failures have had lasting repercussions that can still be felt in America today.

Course aim

To understand how the US Presidency was created and developed through a mixture of law, precedent and circumstances. To see how the President's personal qualities and beliefs have influenced the office.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Describe how the US Presidency is a dynamic institution that evolves over time.
  • Describe how different presidents contributed to and changed the office of President.
  • Explain the basics of how the US President, his cabinet and the Executive branch work
  • Understand role of the presidency in its historical context
  • Understand how the different life stories of each man affected his Presidency

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A notebook to take notes and a folder to collect handouts would be useful

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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The US Presidents - Abe Lincoln and Successors

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