Nazis, Reds, and Spies: America from the Great War to the Cold War
The ending of World War I left the United States—and the world—in turmoil. Questions about what types of governments and societies work best abounded. This course will look at the various “fringe” or extremist groups that sought to replace or redefine the American republic. Special attention will be paid to the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, the Communist Party-USA, the myriad forms of American Nazism, including the Silver Shirts of William Dudley Pelley, and religious-based movements. The course will explore why these groups arose, how they helped define the times, and their lingering effects on 21st-century America.
Live Classes: Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from the week of August 16th to the week of December 13th
Student Expectations: Students will be expected to take part in class discussions and submit a 5- to 7-page paper on a mutually agreed upon topic.
Student Support: The instructor will be available via email.
Feedback/Assessment: The instructor will provide feedback during class discussions and during the preparation of the term paper.
Materials: The instructor will provide a reading packet that will include his writings on American extremism and materials available on the internet.