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A17. Five Pivotal Moments in US History (Railton) (Friday)

  • 09/08/2017
  • 10/13/2017
  • 5 sessions
  • 09/08/2017, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • 09/15/2017, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • 09/29/2017, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • 10/06/2017, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • 10/13/2017, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (EDT)
  • Southgate Retirement Community, 30 Julio Drive, Shrewsbury
  • 5


  • You must be a current WISE member, either Full-year or Fall, to register for this course. Registration starts on July 19, 2017.

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As pressing as our national debates might seem to be in the present, we can’t fully engage with them, or with any other American conversations, until and unless we have a fuller and richer sense of our past.  In this course, we’ll focus on five moments about which we know far too little – viewing and discussing primary, multimedia texts that relate to them, engaging with their many contexts; and adding our own perspectives into the mix throughout.  Moments include: Women’s Suffrage; the 1876 Centennial; the Chinese Exclusion Act; the Wilmington coup and massacre; the Bonus Army march; and the American Indian Movement and Native American Rights.

GROUP LEADER:  Benjamin Railton is Professor of English and American Studies at Fitchburg State University.  He is the author of four books, most recently History and Hope in American Literature:  Models of Critical Patriotism, 2016.  He also maintains the daily AmericanStudies blog, contributes public American Studies scholarship to many other sites including Huffington Post, and is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network.

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