L311 Fall 2019 The Frontiersmen, Part 2
Tuesdays, 9:40–11:05, Sept. 24–Oct. 22
Instructor: Jim Anderson
From the earliest New World settlements, the proximity of vast, wild, and unsettled spaces in North America has had a significant impact on the history of our nation. It has also influenced our character as a people, distinct from our European roots. This is Part 2 of the series, which began in the summer 2019 term, butattendance at Part 1 is not a prerequisite. 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 include Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Kit Carson, Charles Goodnight, and William “Buffalo Bill” Cody.
Jim Anderson spent three years in the Air Force and 27 years with the CIA, followed by 11 years conducting corporate leadership seminars at Civil War battlefields. He holds an MA in history from the University of Memphis. Since 2009, he has taught classes and conducted tours at OLLI on the Civil War and the American frontier.