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American History Intensive - Section Three
The Civil War to the 21st Century

Agora Foundation Online Intensive - The Story of America
Section Three - The Civil War to the 21st Century

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Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in Democracy in America that “Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom.” By most accounts, America is a profound experiment whose effect on the world cannot be overstated. Through a keen sense of destiny and a wealth of natural resources, the country has helped to transform political structures globally, as well as humankind’s vision of itself. The meaning of the “shot heard round the world" in 1775 is still unfolding, with no guarantee that a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” By varying degrees, the nation continues to strive to live up to its principles, and the struggle for equality for all its citizens continues to be a central difficulty. 

 

Through the lenses of race, religion, politics, education, media, commerce, science, and culture, this series will explore the history of America through three four-month sections, and will attempt to find answers to our essential American questions: How can we describe the American Mind? What are the country’s core values and central tenets?  Can those core values and central tenets endure? How has America’s role on the international stage changed over time?   

 

All reading materials will be supplied and sessions will be facilitated by tutors experienced in shared inquiry and the Socratic method. Groups will be limited to 12 participants and no prior knowledge is required. Teachers will be offered 3 CEU credits for participation in each section.

Each Four-Six Month Weekly Series
(Each Section) is $600-$800. 
Community of Lifelong Learners subscribers receive a discount of $100 through a refund. 

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Section Three - The Civil War to the 21st Century 
Wednesday evenings, beginning April 20, 2022 and ending Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 5:30-7:30PM Pacific

Section Three Texts:

1) The Americans: The Democratic Experience by Daniel J. Boorstin

2) Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

3) These Truths - A History of the United States by Jill Lepore

4) Selections from W.E.B. Du Bois - The Souls of Black Folk

5) Selected Supreme Court Cases including Plessy v. Ferguson,
    Brown v. Board of Education, and Roe v. Wade

6) Selections from Martin Luther King Jr., including the I Have a Dream speech and
    Letter from Birmingham Jail

7) Additional texts will be added over the course

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American History Intensive​ - Dates and Curriculum -
Section Three - The Civil War to the 21st Century

1) Session One

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

The Americans: The Democratic Experience by Daniel Boorstin

Book One - Everywhere Communities

Part One - The Go-Getters

   1. “Gold from the Grass Roots Up”

   2. Rituals of the Open Range

   3. Private Wars for the Public Domain

   4. Lawless Sheriffs and Honest Desperadoes

   5. Rounding Up Rock Oil

   6. Generalized Go-Getters: Lawyers

   7. Exploiting the Federal Commodity: Divorce and Gambling

   8. Crime As a Service Institution

- Pages 1-88

 

2) Session Two

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Part Three - William Lloyd Garrison

   19. Reconstructing Slavery

   20. Reconstructing Blame

- Pages 235-262

 

3) Session Three

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

These Truths - A History of the United States by Jill Lepore

Part Three - The State

   Nine - Of Citizens, Persons, and People

- Pages 311-360

 

4) Session Four

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

W.E.B. Du Bois - The Souls of Black Folk

Forethought, Chapters 1-4

 

5) Session Five

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The Americans: The Democratic Experience by Daniel Boorstin

Book One - Everywhere Communities

Part Two - Consumption Communities

   9. A Democracy of Clothing

   10. Consumers’ Palaces

   11. Nationwide Customers

   12. Goods Sell Themselves

   13. How Farmers Joined Consumption Communities

   14. Citifying the Country

   15. A New Freedom for Advertisers; Breaking the Agate Rule

   16. Building Loyalty to Consumption Communities

   17. “The Consumer is King”

   18. Christmas and Other Festivals of Consumption

- Pages 89-164

 

6) Session Six

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Part Four - W.E.B. Du Bois

   21. Renewing the South

   22. Southern Horrors

   23. Back Judases

   24. Great White Hopes

   25. The Birth of a Nation

- Pages 263-322

 

7) Session Seven

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

These Truths - A History of the United States by Jill Lepore

Part Three - The State

   Ten - Efficiency and the Masses

- Pages 361-420

 

8) Session Eight 

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Plessy vs. Ferguson Supreme Court Case, dissenting opinion, and background

9) Session Nine

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

The Americans: The Democratic Experience by Daniel Boorstin

Book One - Everywhere Communities

Part Three - Statistical Communities

   19. A Numerical Science of Community: The Rise of the Average Man

   20. Communities of Risk

   21. Statistical Expectations: What’s Your Size?

   22. Making Things No Better Than They Need to Be

   23. “The Incorruptible Cashier”

   24. Income Consciousness

   25. The Rediscovery of Poverty

   26. Measuring the Mind

   27. From “Naughtiness” to “Behavior Deviation”

   28. Statistical Morality

- Pages 165-244

 

10) Session Ten

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Part Four - W.E.B. Du Bois

   26. Media Suasion

   27. Old Deal

   28. Freedom Brand

   29. Massive Resistance

- Pages 323-380

 

11) Session Eleven

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

These Truths - A History of the United States by Jill Lepore

Part Three - The State

   Eleven - A Constitution of the Air

- Pages 421-471

 

12) Session Twelve

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

The Americans: The Democratic Experience by Daniel Boorstin

Book One - Everywhere Communities

Part Four - The Urban Quest for Place

   29. An American Diaspora

   30. Politics for City Immigrants

   31. Stretching the City: The Decline of Main Street

   32. Booming the Real Estate Frontier

   33. Antidotes for the City: Utopia, Renewal, Suburbia

   34. Cities within Cities: The Urban Blues

- Pages 245-306

13) Session Thirteen

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

These Truths - A History of the United States by Jill Lepore

Part Three - The State

   Twelve - The Brutality of Modernity

- Pages 472-520

 

14) Session Fourteen

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

The Americans: The Democratic Experience by Daniel Boorstin

Book Two - The Decline of the Miraculous

Part Five - Leveling Times and Places

   35. Condense! Making Food Portable through Time

   36. Meat for the Cities

   37. Varying the Everyday Menu

   38. People’s Palaces on Wheels

   39. Walls Become Windows

   40. Homogenizing Space

- Pages 307-358

 

15) Session Fifteen

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

These Truths - A History of the United States by Jill Lepore

Part Four - The Machine

   Thirteen - A World of Knowledge

- Pages 521-588

 

16) Session Sixteen

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court Case, and background

17) Session Seventeen

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The Americans: The Democratic Experience by Daniel Boorstin

Book Two - The Decline of the Miraculous

Part Six - Mass-Producing the Moment

   41. Time Becomes Fungible: Packing the Unit of Work

   42. Meat for the Cities

   43. Varying the Everyday Menu

   44. People’s Palaces on Wheels

   45. Walls Become Windows

- Pages 359-410

 

18) Session Seventeen

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

These Truths - A History of the United States by Jill Lepore

Part Four - The Machine

   Fourteen - Rights and Wrongs

- Pages 589-645

 

19) Session Nineteen

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

I Have a Dream speech and Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr. and background

 

20) Session Twenty

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

The Americans: The Democratic Experience by Daniel Boorstin

Book Three - A Popular Culture

Part Seven - The Thinner Life of Things

   46. Endless Streams of Ownership

   47. New Penumbras of Property

   48. The Semi-Independent Businessman

   49. From Packing to Packaging: the New Strategy of Desire

- Pages 411-448

 

21) Session Twenty-One

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

These Truths - A History of the United States by Jill Lepore

Part Four - The Machine

   Fifteen - Battle Lines

- Pages 646-718

 

22) Session Twenty-Two

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Part Five - Angela Davis

   30. The Act of Civil Rights

   31. Black Power

   32. Law and Order

   33. Reagan’s Drugs

- Pages 381-439

 

23) Session Twenty-Three

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

The Americans: The Democratic Experience by Daniel Boorstin

Book Three - A Popular Culture

Part Eight - Language, Knowledge, and the Arts

   50. The Decline of Grammar: The Colloquial Conquers the Classroom

   51. From Oratory to Public Speaking: Fireside Politics

   52. A Higher Learning for All

   53. Educating “the Great Army of Incapables”

   54. Art Becomes Enigma

   55. The Exotic Becomes Commonplace

- Pages 449-524

 

24) Session Twenty-Four

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The Americans: The Democratic Experience by Daniel Boorstin

Book Four - The Future on Schedule

Part Nine - Search for Novelty

   56. The Social Inventor: Inventing for the Market

   57. Communities of Inventors: Solutions in Search of Problems

   58. Flow Technology: The Road to the Annual Model

- Pages 525-556

 

25) Session Twenty-Five

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

The Americans: The Democratic Experience by Daniel Boorstin

Book Four - The Future on Schedule

Part Ten - Mission and Momentum

   59. Prologue to Foreign Aid

   60. Samaritan Diplomacy

   61. Not Whether but When: The New Momentum

Epilogue: Unknown Coasts

- Pages 557-600

 

26) Session Twenty-Six

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Part Five - Angela Davis

   34. New Democrats

   35. New Republicans

   36. 99.9 Percent the Same

   37. The Extraordinary Negro

Epilogue

- Pages 440-511

 

27) Session Twenty-Seven

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

These Truths - A History of the United States by Jill Lepore

Part Four - The Machine

   Sixteen - American, Disrupted, and Epilogue

- Pages 719-789