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A Short History of the Black Experience in America. 
Day/Time  Thursday 12:00-1:20 
Location C-115
Session 12 weeks 31-Jan
Limit: 25

This course is a brief survey of the Black experience in this country covering topics from the Antebellum South to the present. It will include the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the world wars, Eleanor Roosevelt, housing policies, Martin Luther King, Confederate statues, Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, Bill Russell, and why black athletes are taking a knee.

Coordinator: John Matley

John, a former industrial engineer, has had over thirty years of sports officiating and a lifelong interest in the Black experience, seen through the eyes of an Irishman whose ancestors experienced many similar issues.




American Oligarchy 
Day/Time  Thursday 10:45-12:15 
Location Mashpee Senior Center
Session Second 6 weeks 21-Mar
Limit: 25

Throughout its history American politics has been defined by the tension between the oligarchic forces controlling our institutions and populists attempting to install new systems. We will inspect the nature of this tension by taking a close look at its components. We will encounter both populists and oligarchs in depth.

Coordinator: Stew Goodwin

After a 35-year career in the international investment business, Stew has been involved with many Cape organizations. For over a decade he has coordinated more than a dozen courses at A.L.L. and given five lectures




Israel and the Palestinians: Politics and Peace 
Day/Time  Thursday 9:00-10:20 
Location C-106
Session Second 6 weeks 21-Mar
Limit: 25

With the 1967 Israeli war as a focus we will discuss whether that military victory actually has impeded the peace process. Through video and discussion we will examine the politics of Palestine in this land of emotion. Course Text is Catch 67: The Left, The Right, and the Legacy of the Six Day War by Micah Goodman. Please read the first chapter for the first class.

Coordinator: Jim Connolly and Paul Arnold

Paul, past president of A.L.L, and Jim have coordinated the Israel and Mideast courses.




Remember the Ladies III 
Day/Time  Tuesday 10:30-11:50 
Location C-115
Session First 6 weeks 29-Jan
Limit: 25

This course will focus on some wonderful women, many of them underappreciated. One was Abigail Adams who wrote to her husband John in 1776 urging him to remember the ladies when he and the other founding fathers were meeting in Philadelphia. We will take her advice and investigate the lives and impact of some fascinating women, including Caroline Ferriday, Colande Chabanas, Julie Ertz, Rev. Faith Fowler, Angeline Nanni, Jen Bricker, Edith Velmans, Eva Schloss Florence Finch, Anna Heilman, Ruth DeGolia and Benita Singh.

Coordinator: Jim Perry

Jim has offered courses to A.L.L. for over 12 years




The Forgotten Presidents 
Day/Time  Monday 2:00-3:15 
Location North/South Hall
Session 12 weeks 28-Jan
Limit: 25

This course will focus on those men who have served as president of the United States that history has forgotten. Each week we will focus on a different president, men like Millard Filmore, Martin Van Buren, William Howard Taft, Franklin Pierce, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, John Tyler and others. We will look at their lives before the presidency, their campaigns and elections, their foreign and domestic policies, and their legacies.

Coordinator: Lew Taylor

Lew is a retired public librarian and has both a BA and MA in American History. Lew has taught many courses at A.L.L. and is the owner of I Cannot Live Without Books in West Dennis.




The History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad 
Day/Time  Monday 9:00-10:20 
Location C-106
Session 12 weeks 28-Jan
Limit: 25

Spain has played a unique and pivotal role in Western civilization, standing historically at a critical crossroad of geography, cultures, religions, ideas, trade, and more. Her strategic location, through the centuries, has made her a magnet for many different peoples. Spain’s remarkable role has been overshadowed by the high profile of other European powers. But to understand her epic history is to come to terms with one of the great civilizations of Western Europe and to grasp its enduring presence and influence on the world stage.

Coordinator: Paula Stefani

Paula has led several courses on diverse topics in history.




The Ottoman Empire Part II 
Day/Time  Monday 10:30-11:50 
Location C-106
SessionFirst 6 weeks 28-Jan
Limit: 25

This is the conclusion of the course I offered in the fall. We'll explore the history of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th and early 20th centuries ending with the formation of the Turkish Republic in 1923. We will watch videos produced by The Great Courses, which will be supplemented with reading material as appropriate.

Coordinator: Ed Foster

Ed is a retired aerospace engineer who now has the time to indulge his love of history.




The Sectional Crisis in the US, From the Mexican War to the Civil War 
Day/Time  Wednesday 12:00-1:20 
Location C-106
Session 12 weeks 30-Jan
Limit: 25

This course will evaluate the causes, ideas, personalities, and events that brought on the American Civil War, beginning with an examination of the Mexican War, which resulted in the annexation of New Mexico and California, forcing the US to decide on the future of slavery in the new territories. The ensuing drama will include events such as The Compromise of 1850, The Kansas Nebraska Act, the election of Lincoln, and the decision of the Lower South to secede from the Union in 1860. The course text is James M. McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, New York: Oxford Press, 1988, available at the college bookstore. Please read pages 3 to 46 for the first class.

Coordinator: Richard Stewart

Richard taught history for 43 years at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut. His degrees are from Allegheny College (BA) and Wesleyan University (MA). He has participated in A.L.L. since 2015.