New Class: American History and Politics 1917 – 2017

Check out our new class: ‘American History and Politics 1917 – 2017′

Dates:  Wednesdays 6.30pm – 8.30pm, 4 October 2017   10 sessions    

Cost: £30

Venue:  Forge Fach, Hebron Road, Clydach, SA6 5BX

To book, contact the tutor Richard Lewis  07713 18692

Do you want to know more about the New Deal, the Cold War, Vietnam, Watergate, the War on Terror and the Trump Presidency? Then this is the course for you.

More than ever it’s important to have an understanding of how the American system works and of the narrative of its history. A number of vital themes will be addressed, such as the nature of the Constitution, the effectiveness of Congressional power, Presidential authority, the impact of the Supreme Court, and the struggle for Human Rights. Particular emphasis will be given to more recent developments and the current situation. Is the American system broken? There is much here to debate!

1 04.10.17 An analysis of the U.S. Constitution

Is it workable?




11.10.17 How effectively has the Supreme Court protected the rights of American citizens?

Has it become politicised? Ten significant Supreme Court cases.


3 18.10.17 Red and Blue America

A study of elections during the period 1917 – 2017.

Why did Trump win in 2016?


4 25.10.17 The role of the U.S. in world affairs 1917 – 2017

Is there an American vision?


5 01.11.17 Civil Rights

How far were full Civil Rights achieved during this period?

Are racial divisions widening?


6 08.11.17 Democrats and Republicans

The evolution of political parties.

Can American politics still be viewed within this Party prism?


7 15.11.17 Key developments from the New Deal, McCarthyism and

The Great Society to Watergate. The 1930s – 1974.


8 22.11.17 The rise and fall of the Imperial Presidency, from Truman to Carter

Does the Trump Presidency reflect aspects of this?


9 29.11.17 To what extent was the Reagan Presidency a turning point in

U.S. domestic and global affairs?


10 06.12.17 The Presidencies of George HW Bush, Clinton, George W Bush and Obama 1989 – 2017

Details of our other October courses can be seen here:

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