R102 | The Fog and Pain of American History Wars |

Stacy L. Wallach, Kate Kidd and John Dickson


11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST


4/13, 4/20, 4/27,
5/4, 5/11, 5/18

Six Sessions 

Often, we are faced with contradictory versions of historical actors, trends, and events, much of which appear to be "factual" to at least some degree or, at least, not obviously false. Moreover, writers of both general textbooks and specialized studies must inevitably make editorial decisions as to what gets included and what gets left out.  These editorial decisions can be fraught with prejudice, ignorance, or hidden assumptions and value judgments.  We will look at conflicts with Native Americans, the War of Independence, the Mexican American War, and the Spanish American War and their aftermaths to try to see through the fog of these history wars -- and especially what has been repressed or forgotten -- toward some larger truths.

John Dickson served in the Foreign Service for 26 years and is the author of History Shock: When History Collides with Foreign Relations.
Katherine Kidd
, PhD, is a frequent OLLI instructor.  A retired college professor, Kidd brings her love of history and knowledge of international relations to this course.
Stacy L. Wallach has been teaching courses in American history at OLLI since 2007, though his last OLLI course was on evolution.

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