Turning Points in American History

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Turning Points in American History
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1777: The colonial victory over British troops at the Battle of Saratoga persuades France to provide financial and military support that will prove vital to the success of the American Revolution.

1933: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal launches a series of unprecedented laws and programs that will relieve the stress of the Great Depression and reshape American society.

Taking a chronological approach, Professor O'Donnell gives you new ways to understand American history and to appreciate it as a grand narrative pinpointed with key moments that changed things forever. Each of his lectures focuses on a single turning point, explaining the conditions that led up to it, immersing you in the experience of the event itself, and exploring its immediate and long-term ramifications.
The Trial of John Peter Zenger (1735): A free press has played a central role in American history, and it wouldn't be possible without the arrest and prosecution of a little-known New York printer. While the trial did not establish any new legal precedent, it did popularize the ideas that freedom of the press is essential to liberty, that true statements cannot be libelous, and that a jury should decide both the facts and the law in libel trials.
The Election of 1800: Many Americans in the months between the election in November 1800 and inauguration day in March 1801 feared that violence might engulf the new republic. Would the Federalists cede power to the winners of the election, the Republicans? In the end, a peaceful transfer of power between the two rival political parties took place, marking a precedent-setting moment in the history of the still-young republic.
The Battle of Antietam (1862): This bloody Civil War battle stands out among others such as Bull Run and Gettysburg as a critical turning point for several reasons, including the fact that it allowed for President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation and it eliminated the possibility of England and France intervening on behalf of the Confederacy.
The Picketing of the White House by Suffragists (1917): Thanks to the increasingly radical tactics of suffragists led by Alice Paul and the National Women's Party beginning in 1917, Congress and President Woodrow Wilson eventually cast their support behind the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that, when ratified in 1920, granted women voting rights and dramatically expanded American democracy.
The Watergate Scandal (1974): The most significant crisis of the 1970s, this turning point signaled a heightened level of public distrust toward elected officials-but it also illustrated the power of the news media and proved that the Constitution's system of checks and balances truly worked to stop the abuse of executive power.
Then there are the other events-ones that you may have only cursory knowledge of, or may not even have considered to be such integral parts of America's story. Among the many that you'll investigate in these lectures are
the founding of the Rhode Island colony (1636), which established the principle of religious pluralism-an idea that was eventually enshrined in the First Amendment;
the Supreme Court case of Marbury v. Madison (1803), which cemented the role of the Supreme Court as the final arbiter in deciding a law's constitutionality;
the establishment of the first national park (1872), which was the first time that any nation in the world set out to preserve acres of natural land for posterity; and
the start of the Manhattan Project (1939), which led to the creation of atomic weaponry that ended World War II-but also started the cold war with the Soviet Union.
Along the way, Professor O'Donnell often dispels some intriguing myths and half-truths about American history and provides an honest, unabashed look at the subject matter. These lectures are packed with unfamiliar anecdotes, stories, and side notes that just may change your views on the grand narrative of American history. You'll learn, for example, that
few Founding Fathers considered the Declaration of Independence a work of significant importance, and only in the 1800s was the document firmly enshrined in U. S. history;
most Americans who participated in the westward expansion did not aspire to be merely subsistence farmers but were entrepreneurs who were tied to national markets and were eager for profits;
African American soldiers were responsible for seizing San Juan Hill during America's war with Spain and not President Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders; and
Albert Einstein did not actually work on the Manhattan Project, despite writing an influential letter to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt warning of Hitler's pursuit of an atomic bomb.
With his expansive knowledge, his intriguing perspectives on how we seek to understand the importance and the lessons of past events, and his undeniable passion for sharing his knowledge with others, Professor O'Donnell is a masterful guide through the more than 350 years of American history. Throughout his career, he has taught thousands of students, delivered lectures to a range of audiences, and served as the lead historian for the U.S. Department of Education's Teaching American History grant.
In Turning Points in American History, Professor O'Donnell has taken the story of the United States of America and crafted it into a riveting adventure-complete with triumphant stories whose lessons may inspire you, sobering moments that may challenge your perceptions of the greatest country in the Western world, and powerful insights that will undoubtedly expand and illuminate your knowledge about the true greatness of America. It is, in short, an unforgettable course that only an engaging and insightful historian and professor could create.
01. 1617 The Great Epidemic
02. 1619 Land of the Free? Slavery Begins
03. 1636 Freedom of Worship-Roger Williams
04. 1654 Yearning to Breathe Free-Immigration
05. 1676 Near Disaster-King Philip's War
06. 1735 Freedom of the Press-The Zenger Trial
07. 1773 Liberty! The Boston Tea Party
08. 1776 We're Outta Here-Declaring Independence
09. 1777 Game Changer-The Battle of Saratoga
10. 1786 Toward a Constitution-Shays's Rebellion
11. 1789 Samuel Slater-The Industrial Revolution
12. 1800 Peaceful Transfer-The Election of 1800
13. 1803 Supreme Authority-Marbury v. Madison
14. 1807 On the Move-Transportation Revolution
15. 1816 One Man, One Vote-Expanding Suffrage
16. 1821 Reborn-The Second Great Awakening
17. 1831 The Righteous Crusade-Abolition
18. 1844 What's New? The Communication Revolution
19. 1845 The Ultimate American Game-Baseball
20. 1846 Land and Gold-The Mexican War
21. 1862 Go West, Young Man! The Homestead Act
22. 1862 Terrible Reality-The Battle of Antietam
23. 1868 Equal Protection-The 14th Amendment
24. 1872 Open Spaces-The National Parks
25. 1873 Bloody Sunday-Ending Reconstruction
26. 1876 How the West Was Won and Lost-Custer
27. 1886 The First Red Scare-Haymarket
28. 1898 The End of Isolation-War with Spain
29. 1900 The Promised Land-The Great Migration
30. 1901 That Damned Cowboy! Theodore Roosevelt
31. 1903 The Second Transportation Revolution
32. 1909 The Scourge of the South-Hookworm
33. 1917 Votes for Women! The 19th Amendment
34. 1919 Strikes and Bombs-The Year of Upheaval
35. 1933 Bold Experimentation-The New Deal
36. 1939 Einstein's Letter-The Manhattan Project
37. 1942 Surprise-The Battle of Midway
38. 1945 The Land of Lawns-Suburbanization
39. 1948 The Berlin Airlift and the Cold War
40. 1950 Tuning In-The Birth of Television
41. 1960 The Power to Choose-The Pill
42. 1963 Showdown in Birmingham-Civil Rights
43. 1968 Losing Vietnam-The Tet Offensive
44. 1969 Disaster-The Birth of Environmentalism
45. 1974 An Age of Crisis-Watergate
46. 1975 The Digital Age-The Personal Computer
47. 1989 Collapse-The End of the Cold War
48. 2001 The Age of Terror-The 9/11 Attacks

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