To take a skeptical approach to American history is not to dabble in imaginative conspiracy theories; rather, it's to reframe your understanding of this great nation's past and actually strengthen your appreciation for what makes American history such a fascinating chapter in the larger story of Western civilization. And in this bold 24-lecture series, you can do just that.
Travel back in time and examine many commonly held myths and half-truths about American history and prompt yourself to think about what really happened in the nation's past - as opposed to what many believe happened. These lectures demonstrate how reconsidering some of the most popular notions of U.S. history can yield new (and sometimes startlingly different) interpretations of political, social, economic, and military events. But more than just debunking commonly accepted accounts, you'll be able to replace these misconceptions with insightful truths. Exploring both America's history and the verdicts that have been rendered about some of its most enduring figures - including George Washington, John Adams, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and many others - these lectures investigate a wide-ranging list of questions. What impact did other nations have on the American Revolution? Has George Washington always been revered as president? Do we now understand the true blunders in America's Vietnam policies and tactics?
In exploring these and other questions, these lectures prove themselves to be a delightful intellectual experience that will allow you to rethink not just the facts of U.S. history, but also their meaning.
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The professor has an interesting perspective while presenting many non mainstream ideas and facts from American history and connecting them together in a way that is digestible across interrupted listening sessions.
Perhaps Prof Stoler (or Great Courses) should review the definition of Skeptic, because this course is mainstream history, and is very far from "skeptic". I would recommend this to a high school student if they had a bad teacher. But, if you have read anything about US history after getting out of high school you will have covered almost everything in this course. Very disappointed. Granted, there is more depth here to the mainstream history, but do not expect to hear anything truly iconoclastic here. If you want a real analysis of true skeptic's view of US history visit Howard Zinn.
This was an excellent lecture series. Presented well and delivered well. It counters common myths about US historical events does so with evidence. Highly recommended.
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