F304 Fall 2019 From “Hot War” to “Cold War:” The United States in the 1940s and 1950s
Tuesdays, 11:50–1:15, Sept. 24–Nov. 12
Instructor: Pat McGinty
This was a period that began with a sneak attack and ended with the start of the “New Frontier.” It included the frivolity of Howdy Doody and the seriousness of the Berlin blockade and Korean War. Come join us as we examine these two crucial decades during which the United States solidified its position as leader of the free world. This course will provide a background to the Pearl Harbor attack, the attack itself, and the home front during the conflict. The political, diplomatic, social, cultural, and economic issues of the war years; the transition to peacetime; and the initial decades of the Cold War will be examined.
Patrick McGinty, an OLLI member, is a retired naval officer with an MA and PhD in history from Georgetown University. He has taught various history courses at University of Maryland University College and at OLLI.