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Causes of America’s Civil War
Explore the many issues and events that led up to the start of America’s Civil War. Families were divided by these issues, leading to brother fighting against brother. We’ll discuss how these conflicts led to the most catastrophic event in American history.
CE-HIST 2068VA, 1 Thurs., Sept. 14, 6:00-9:00 pm, KNC-2, $30. D Fruci. #80217
The Lincoln Assassination
Learn the complete story of Lincoln’s assassination. Everybody knows John Wilkes Booth killed Lincoln, but not everybody knows the other four people executed for his murder and their possible involvement in his death.
CE-HIST 2071, 1 Sat., Oct. 14, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $30. D Fruci. #80227
The Battles of the Civil War
Join us for a series of discussions about the Civil War; each seminar will focus on a specific battle. Each class costs $30. D Fruci.
Civil War Battles: Antietam
The bloodiest day of warfare in American military history! As the Southern forces made their first major offensive into the North, both armies collided in the Maryland countryside. Strategies, personalities, and results will be explored.
CE-HIST 2056VA, 1 Sat., Sept. 23, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD. #80218
Civil War Battles: Fredericksburg
Take an in-depth look at the December 1862 battle at Fredericksburg, Virginia. Examine battle strategies, personalities of the army’s generals, and the results and impact of this major Confederate victory.
CE-HIST 2069VA, 1 Thurs., Sept. 28, 6:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD. #80219
Civil War Battles: Chancellorsville
We’ll cover the Confederate victory at the battle of Chancellorsville. The army’s strategies, the personalities of their leaders, and the important effects of the battle’s outcome will be discussed. Finally, the importance of Stonewall Jackson’s loss will be studied.
CE-HIST 2070VA, 1 Sat., Sept. 30, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-2. #80220
Civil War Battles: Gettysburg
The site of the South’s second major invasion into the North, this three-day battle is considered by many to be the turning point in the war. We’ll discuss strategies, personalities, and results of this legendary battle in the Pennsylvania countryside.
CE-HIST 2055VA, 1 Thurs., Oct. 5, 6:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD. #80221
Civil War Battles: Vicksburg
Vicksburg was the site of one of the most important battles in the Civil War, but is often overlooked because it was fought at the same time as the battle at Gettysburg. Strategies, personalities, and results will show how this battle contributed to the turning point of the Civil War.
CE-HIST 2054VA, 1 Sat., Oct. 7, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-2. #80226
Civil War Battles: Sherman’s March to the Sea
This seminar will cover Battle of Atlanta and then follow Sherman’s army as it moves east toward the sea. General Grant’s strategy to win the war was by engaging in “total war”; Sherman’s destruction of everything in his path was an example of Grant’s theory.
CE-HIST 2053VA, 1 Thurs., Oct. 12, 6:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD. #80222
America in the First World War
In 1917 America declared war on Germany. As we commemorate the centenary of America’s entry into WWI, join us for a series of discussions on how the War to End All Wars started, why America chose to join the fight, and how it mobilized and made a vital contribution to winning the war. The course will conclude with seminars on the story of the repatriation of America’s war dead and a guide to American battle sites, monuments, and military cemeteries.
Each class meets for 1 Tues., 9:00 am-12:00 noon, and costs $40. E Barr.
Europe Goes to War
Explore the political and military situation in Europe in 1914 and how governments failed to prevent the descent into bloody conflict. Review the progress of the war through its major battles and examine the status of the warring parties in 1917 as America enters the war.
CE-HIST 2083VA, Sept. 12, KNC-2. #83342
America Enters the War
Consider the status of American-German relations at the beginning of 1917 and the reasons why President Woodrow Wilson wanted war, how his administration built an army almost from scratch, suppressed free speech, and ramped up a war economy to defeat Germany.
CE-HIST 2084VA, Sept. 19, KNC-2. #83343
The Doughboys Prepare to Fight
With America now in the war, follow the journey of the doughboys (American soldiers) from boot camps in America to the shores of France. Under the command of General “Black Jack” Pershing explore how he built up his fighting force, how the doughboys adapted to life in the army, and how the French prepared them to meet the Germans.
CE-HIST 2085VA, Sept. 26, KNC-3. #83344
The Battle of Cantigny and Onwards to Belleau Wood, Chateau-Thierry, and Soissons
The German Spring Offensive in March 1918 threatened the defeat of the British and French armies. For the doughboys the time for training was over and the time for fighting had begun. Assess the status and commanders of the warring parties in the spring of 1918 and follow the doughboys from their first battle for the village of Cantigny as they battled through Belleau Wood, Chateau-Thierry, and Soissons.
CE-HIST 2086VA, Oct. 3, KNC-3. #83345
The Final Push: St. Mihiel and the Argonne Forest
As September 1918 arrived, the German armies were on the retreat and the bloodiest fighting for the Americans was about to begin. Covers the doughboys’ final battles, the breakdown of the German Command and unconditional surrender, and the armistice on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918.
CE-HIST 2087VA, Oct. 10, KNC-3. #83346
To the Victors Go the Spoils
With the armistice in place, examine how the victors of the First World War came together in Paris in 1919 and wrote treaties that vindictively punished Germany, changed the map of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, disrupted the political scene in the United States, ended the career of President Woodrow Wilson, and laid the seeds for the Second World War.
CE-HIST 2088VA, Oct. 17, KNC-2. #83347
Repatriating the War Dead
In September 1918, Secretary of War Baker publicly pledged to the nation that the government would ensure a home burial to all who had died fighting for America. Learn how the government, between 1919 and 1922, organized the exhumation and shipment of 45,588 dead to the U.S. and 764 to European places of birth.
CE-HIST 2089VA, Oct. 24, KNC-2. #83348
A Guide to the Battle Sites
A guide to the First World War American battle sites, monuments, and military cemeteries in Europe, and to the monuments here in the U.S. dedicated to the doughboys that fought and died. We’ll discuss the significance of these sites, their locations, and how to travel there.
CE-HIST 2090VA, Oct. 31, KNC-2. #83349
D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy
To honor the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, an in-depth study of the planning and execution of the largest military invasion in the history of warfare. Study the German defenses and follow the Allied landing by air and sea to gain a foothold in Hitler’s Fortress Europe.
CE-HIST 2034, 2 Thurs., Oct. 19 & 26, 6:00-9:00 pm, KNC-3, $75. D Fruci. #80225
The Attack on Pearl Harbor
Explore the attack by Japan on the U.S. naval fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 75 years ago on the very date of our meeting! An in-depth view of the Japanese plan and the damage done, along with a look at some of the true American heroes of that day, will be our focus.
CE-HIST 2072VA, 1 Thurs., Dec. 7, 6:00-9:00 pm, KNC-2, $30. D Fruci. #80224
World War II: Triumph in Europe
Join us for a series of discussions about these pivotal turning points of the European Campaign. Follow your grandfather’s war!
Each class meets for 1 Thurs., 6:00-9:00 pm, KNC-2, and costs $30 each. D Fruci.
Battle of Normandy
A focus on the breakout from the Normandy beaches. We’ll follow the Allies as they secure the countryside with intense hedgerow fighting, and as they secure the port of Cherbourg along with the towns of Caen and St. Lo. As the Nazis are pushed eastward, Paris will be liberated.
CE-HIST 2061, Nov. 2. #80231
The Battle of the Bulge
Focuses on the Allied push toward Germany. Hitler has devised a major winter offensive that will catch the Allies completely by surprise; the German offensive leads to the Battle of the Bulge. Despite heavy Allied losses, they will prevail and be able to make their move into the Nazi homeland.
CE-HIST 2060, Nov. 9. #80232
Liberating the Concentration Camps
Explores the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps by the Allied forces. As the Soviets liberate the camps during their westward move towards Berlin, the Western Allies move east to discover the unprecedented horrors of war.
CE-HIST 2059, Nov. 16. #80233
Hitler’s Final Days
A focus on the last days of the madman who was responsible for the death and destruction in the European theater of WW II. His final days will be chronicled as the Soviet Army fights street to street in the city of Berlin, crushing Hitler’s dream for a thousand-year Reich.
CE-HIST 2058, Nov. 30. #80234
The Murder of Stanford White
Learn about the murder of one of the well-known architects of the early 1900’s and the scandal that rocked New York City.
CE-HIST 2078VA, 1 Mon., Sept. 25, 12:30-2:30 pm, KNC-3, $30. D Fruci. #80110
The Story of the Orphan Trains
Discover the history of the Orphan Train Era (1853-1929), which saw the largest migration of children in American history. So many orphans were sent to Iowa that it’s estimated that one in four Iowans are descendants of orphan train riders. Come unravel the mystery and the truth behind the Orphan Trains! Contact instructor at email@example.com for list of optional books.
CE-HIST 2052, 3 Tues., Oct. 10-24, 6:45-8:45 pm, KNC-3, $75. T Riley. #80116
The Great Hunger in Ireland and Its Legacy
Between 1845-1852 the population of Ireland was reduced from 8 million people to less than 5 million due to the Irish Famine. Examine its causes, the effects on America, the conquest of Ireland by Oliver Cromwell and his draconian laws which contributed to the famine, and the viewpoints of Irish scholars on the Irish Diaspora to Canada, Australia, Europe, and America. Contact instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org for list of optional books.
CE-HIST 2067, 2 Wed., Oct. 11 & 18, 6:45-9:45 pm, KNC-2, $60. T Riley. #80118
Haunted History of the British Isles
Learn some of the wonderful haunted tales and folktales of the British Isles (England, Ireland, and Scotland) along with colorful tales of Robert Burns, Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker, Henry VIII, and others. Recommended reading list provided.
CE-HIST 2044, 2 Tues., Sept. 19 & 26, 12:30-2:30 pm, Room TBD, $40. L DiMartino. #80111
History through Literature
This class will examine two novels as works of classical literature: Black Boy by Richard Wright and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Examine these literary pieces as works of classical literature and explore politics, poverty, and race within their historical periods.
CE-LIT 2021VA, 6 Tues., Oct. 17-Nov. 21, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $120. D McIntosh. #82734
World War Two via Film
Explore World War II through the medium of film. Films to be discussed include Downfall, Letters from Iwo Jima, Patton, The Big Red One, Saving Private Ryan, Das Boot, and various documentaries.
CE-HIST 2015, 4 Wed., Nov. 1-22, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $80. P Gettler. #80128