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As Mark Twain noted, history doesn’t repeat itself, but sometimes it rhymes. One of the most significant rhymes for our 2021 moment can be found a century ago, in the America of the 1920s. In this course we will move through a handful of such echoes: from the aftermaths of a pandemic to debates over immigration and the border, from white supremacist racist violence to labor and educational activisms, and concluding with the role of literature and culture in helping us chart a path forward.
INSTRUCTOR: Benjamin Railton is a Professor of English and American Studies at Fitchburg State University and the author of six books. Recently he published Of Thee I Sing: The Contested History of American Patriotism, 2021. He maintains a daily blog, contributes articles to many sites including Saturday Evening Post Considering History column and is a Boston chapter leader of the Scholars Strategy Network organization at https://scholars.org/.
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