This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
Many of the perplexities of twenty-first century politics are rooted in political changes that have occurred since the civil war.
In this course, you will learn about three significant changes in American politics from 1864 to 2014. First, we consider the impact of the Civil War Amendments to the Constitution (13th, 14th, and 15th) and their significance both for the relevance and irrelevance they’ve had in American political life.
Second, the changed character of the Presidency has been dramatic. What had been the most personal and domestic branch of American government has become, perhaps, the most bureaucratic and international.
Finally, the transformed identities of America’s two major political parties can be disorienting. Why do African Americans abandon the party of Lincoln and why do Dixicrats join the abolitionists? When we respect the past, will it make it easier to understand the present?
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.