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JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century

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ClassGraphic Accounts and memories of John F. Kennedy often seem to have an almost mythic quality. But who was the real JFK? Now, one of our most outstanding historians of the Vietnam War turns to another subject you thought you already knew, and he makes John F. Kennedy as alive and compelling as if you were reading about him for the first time. Frederik Logevall, in the first volume of a proposed two-volume biography, JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956 (Random House, 2021), reveals a far deeper, worthier, and more interesting character than we may have been exposed to previously. We will explore Kennedy from his birth, the second son of a striving Irish American family, to the age of 39 and his decision, while serving in the US Senate, to run for the presidency. The “Coming of Age” in the subtitle refers not only to Kennedy, but also to the parallel history of America’s mid-century rise. We will revisit the isolationist debates of the pre-World War II period, the war itself, the subsequent Cold War, the anti-communist politics of the McCarthy era, and the always entertaining world of Boston Irish politics. Join us for a fresh and lively discussion of this fascinating period of American history.
 

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Tue

Location
Wieboldt Hall

Instructor
MultipleInstructor :
1.Rosemary O'Shea2.Dan Burns 

Tuition: 

$0.00


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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/5/2024 - 6/4/2024 Weekly - Tue 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Dan Burns  ; Rosemary O'Shea 
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