OSHR 1148 - The U.S. in the 1960s

  • Noncredit

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.

This course will examine the 1960s, a pivotal decade in the making of the present-day United States. It will suggest answers to some of the most important questions about that decade: How close did the U. S. and the Soviet Union come to nuclear war during the Cuban missile crisis? Why was the U. S. unable to win the Vietnam War? What led to the"rights revolution" that changed the status of women, African Americans and, through Medicare, the economic position of senior citizens? Why did the decade end with a backlash against these reforms?

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Hal Smith

Hal Smith taught history for forty years at the University of Houston-Victoria, the University of Montana, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City and was made a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Great Britain for his historical research. A social historian with a special interest in women's history, he is the author or co-author of six books, and has been teaching courses on Nazi Germany since 1976.