What Might Have Been?

History 390S.01

This seminar will look at a series of critical moments in post-World War II history that were turning points. In addition to studying the roads that were taken, we will focus on roads not taken, exploring the options that existed which, if taken, might have resulted in a very different history than the one we experienced. Among these moments are the onset of the Cold War in 1947, the reaction of President Eisenhower to the Brown decision on desegregation in 1954, the assassination of JFK in 1963, the decision by President Johnson to send 500,000 troops to Vietnam in 1965-68, the assassinations of RFK and MLK in 1968, the election of Richard Nixon, and the presidential election of 2000.

Crosslisting Numbers

PUBPOL 290S; AAAS 290S

Curriculum Codes: 

CCI, CZ, EI, SS

Theme (Concentration)

Law and Governance

Region

United States and Canada