Jun 02, 2020  
2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog

HP 272 The Kennedy Years

Prerequisite: ENG 102 
3 credits

This seminar explores the 1,000-day presidency of John F. Kennedy from four perspectives: (1) That of a respected academician; (2) a friendly journalist; (3) a hostile historian; and (4) in the public rhetoric of the President, himself. In the process of a close reading of the texts and rigorous discussion of them, students will gain an understanding of the complexities and contradictions of a legendary figure in mid-20th century American history, of American political culture at the height of the Cold War, and of the challenges of writing, interpreting and analyzing history.