Truman and Eisenhower
A Nine-Week Class
(July 1 ~ August 26)
Thursdays evenings at 7PM
After FDR, a scion of America’s Eastern, Harvard-educated elite, came two presidents from the American heartland: Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower. Harry Truman, born in 1884, was the living bridge between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Although he has a university in his home state of Missouri named after him, he was the only modern president who never spent a single day in college. He left office with an approval rating of 22 percent, yet he is now recognized as one of the top-tier presidents, his reputation in 2021 standing higher than ever. Was his far more popular successor, Dwight Eisenhower, as great a president as he was a general? Derided by his detractors as a somnambulant mediocrity, he was in fact both a shrewd politician and a decisive leader in a crucial period of the Cold War, which he came close to ending.
BRUCE THOMPSON, Ph.D.
This class is presented via
live video broadcast
with live interactive Q&A
(FOR ONLINE, ONLY ONE TUITION PER HOUSEHOLD IS NECESSARY. PHONE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR VERY LIMITED
IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE AT $315 PER PERSON
July 1 ~ Prelude to Greatness: Harry Truman’s First Sixty Years
July 8 ~ Passing the Torch: From Roosevelt to Truman
July 15 ~ Saving Freedom: Truman and the Cold War
July 22 ~ “The Buck Stops Here”: Truman as Decision-Maker
July 29 ~ Prelude to Greatness: Dwight Eisenhower’s First Fifty Years
August 5 ~ Baptism by Fire: From North Africa to Sicily
August 12 ~ Supreme Commander: D-Day and the Liberation of France
August 19 ~ “I Like Ike”: The Eisenhower Presidency
August 26 ~ Preserving Freedom: Eisenhower and the Cold War
(Download a copy of the syllabus here.)
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