Wednesdays, 11:50–1:15, Mar. 28–Apr. 18
Reston Community Center Hunters Woods
Instructor: Jim Anderson
From the earliest New World settlements, the proximity of those vast, wild spaces in North America has had a significant impact on the history of our nation. It also has influenced our character as a people, distinct from our European roots. This is part 2 of the series (which began in the fall 2017 term), and this part will consist of four lectures. We will continue to examine Turner’s “Frontier Thesis” through the biographies of individuals who were on the leading edge of our national expansion westward, and who exemplified many of the traits that have come to be associated with the American character. These will include Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, and Kit Carson.
A final lecture will compare media treatment of these frontiersmen.
Jim Anderson spent 27 years with the CIA, including tours in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Far East. He holds degrees in history from Rhodes College and the University of Memphis. For 12 years after retirement, he conducted corporate leadership training seminars featuring Civil War battlefield visits. He has been an instructor at OLLI for the past eight years, teaching courses and leading tours focusing on American history.