|Pilgrims, Puritans, and Early Cape Cod History|
|Location||Downtown Campus, Hyannis|
|Session||Second 6 weeks 20-Mar|
Explore the life and times of the Pilgrims and Puritans before and after their arrival on Cape Cod. Follow the religious and political upheaval that forced them to Holland and then New England. Study the exploration and exploitation from 1500 to 1620 along with the fur trade, colonization and peaceful/hostile relations with the Native Americans. Discuss how the achievements of the Plymouth Colony affect your life today: Bill of Rights, separation of church and state, civil marriages, selectman form of government, and America?s first constitution of 1636. Textbooks will be provided at first class, some resource materials via email prior to the start of class.
Coordinator: Francis D. Robinson and Dorothy Robinson
Francis and Dorothy Robinson are former CT educators with advanced degrees in history and education. In retirement Fran was a Mystic Seaport Interpreter. They are co-authors of numerous historical genealogies.
|The History of the Supreme Court-Part 2|
|Session||12 weeks 29-Jan|
This course will continue the Supreme Court's development from its founding to the present, focusing on the landmark cases that have reflected conflicts in America society. In this semester we will continue the half hour lectures by Peter Irons, Ph.D., J.D. (from the Great Courses Teaching Company) starting with Thurgood Marshall who, as N.A.A.C.P. Counsel (and later, Director of N.A.A.C.P) convinced the Supreme Court in 1967 to overturn the doctrine of "separate but equal" education (established by the court in 1896 (Plessy vs. Ferguson) in the famous case of Brown vs. The Board of Education of Topeka, KS, in 1967. Also, in 1967, President Lyndon Johnson appointed Marshall (the first black person) to the Supreme Court. We will conclude the lectures with a discussion of current cases now before the Supreme Court, focusing on the three most controversial ones (gerrymandering, cell phone privacy, and vendor discrimination of gay sex couples). New participants will be given written presentations of the 20 lectures covered in the first semester.
Coordinator: Gersh Rosenblum
Gersh is a retired Clinical Psychologist who has coordinated several A.L.L. courses in the past.
|The Korean War|
|Session||Second 6 weeks 19-Mar|
The Korean Peninsula was under Japanese occupation until 1945. After World War II, Korea was divided across the 38th parallel into a communist North and a Western-supported South. The war between North and South Korea broke out in June 1950 and a truce was made in 1953 along the 38th parallel. The war cost the United States more then 36000 lives and 100,000 wounded for a gain of nothing. Have we learned anything from the Korean War? Does the bellicose rhetoric from either side portend a future conflict? What can be done to lessen the chance of a military struggle that would redound badly on the lives of so many Korean people? These and other questions will be discussed with the class whose active participation is invited.
Coordinator: Raymond Partridge
Ray is a retired physician with a life long interest in the history of our times
|The US and Vietnam 1945-1975|
|Session||12 weeks 31-Jan|
This course is a survey of the US involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to the fall of Saigon in 1975. It will emphasize the major decisions made by American presidents and their advisers that resulted in a deepening of the US commitment and a widening of the war. The effects of the war on the US, Vietnam, and the world will also be examined. For the first class please read the Introduction and pages 3-28 in Chapter One of George Herring's America's Longest War: The US and Vietnam, 1950-1975, latest edition (McGraw Hill).
Coordinator: Richard Stewart
Dick Stewart taught history at Choate Rosemary Hall for 43 years, retiring to Cape Cod in 2015. He has lifelong ties to the Cape and is in his third year of teaching in the A.L.L.
|Washington and Jefferson|
|Session||Second 6 weeks 19-Mar|
This six week course will focus on George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. We will spend three weeks on each of these Founding Fathers, examining their contributions to the formation of our country and how, unexpectedly, they grew apart until they became political opponents.
Coordinator: Lew Taylor
Lew is a retired public librarian with 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.