F304 Spring 2019 Close-up on US History
Tuesdays, 11:50–1:15, May 7–May 14
Instructor: Jack French
- May 7: History of Civil War Medicine. What was the status of medical practice during the Civil War? Did patients really “bite the bullet” during an operation? Were there female or African-American doctors? Were certain poisons actually prescribed by medical personnel? How was the Civil War responsible for the formation of the funeral industry? Why did more soldiers die from disease than bullets in the war? Who staffed a “field hospital” and what were they like inside? The course will cover all of these topics and also discuss the role of women and nurses’ corps and explain what Dorothea Dix, Clara Barton, and Elizabeth Blackwell had in common.
- May 14: Early History of the FBI. Did Machine Gun Kelly really nickname the FBI agents “G-Men?” What happened at the Kansas City Massacre? Why wasn't kidnapping a criminal offense when Charles Lindbergh’s son was stolen from his crib and killed? How was this case solved? Who were the famous outlaws in the “Gangster Era” and how were they captured or killed? Which radio programs about the FBI were authorized by the Bureau and which were not?
graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in education. He served three years as a naval officer at shore facilities tracking Soviet submarines. He became an FBI agent, serving 23 years in Dallas, St. Louis, and at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC. He has two published books on old-time radio.