When: Wednesdays, Nov 9, 16, 30 and Dec 7 10:00 – noon
(No class Nov 23)
Where: The Hampton Inn
Cost: $135.00 for 4 session(s)
Type: In Person
Instructor: Michael Schaller is Regents Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Arizona. A specialist in twentieth-century American politics and foreign policy
You know what they say: “If you remember the 60s, you weren’t there!” Maybe…Maybe not. The “long 1960s” began towards the end of the Eisenhower administration following the Soviet launch of Sputnik, fears of nuclear fallout, a missile gap, and the U-2 Spy plane fiasco. In 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy proclaimed a “New Frontier” for Americans, both dynamic and elegant. JFK’s short presidency accomplished little domestically but coincided with a campaign for civil rights, the start of a “sexual revolution,” and a brush with nuclear war over Cuba. To nearly everyone’s surprise, Kennedy’s death ushered in the remarkably dynamic Johnson administration. LBJ’s “war on poverty” to create a “great society” aimed to complete and expand upon FDR’s New Deal. Tragically, LBJ’s other war, in Southeast Asia, doomed his hopes. By 1968, frustration with Vietnam and growing racial tensions at home revived a dormant conservatism that propelled Richard Nixon into the White House. We will explore these and related issues using short readings along with audio and visual clips of the era.