Sioux Falls Free Thinkers

"Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent!"

For all those with Open Minds!

An Open Mind by Megan Godtland

Free Thinkers Stats

All Websites Stats

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse The Skeptic's Guide to American
History
for providing a more accurate account of what
really happened in American history.

The Skeptic's Guide to American History
Lectures by Professor Mark A. Stoler

The Skeptic's Guide to American History (2012)
24 lectures, 12 hours
The Skeptic's Guide to American History at TheGreatCourses.com

For most Americans, the history of the United States is built on a set of long-accepted beliefs about events, each of which resonates in the nation's collective memory. But what if those beliefs - however familiar - don't really tell the whole story? Our knowledge of history - or what we believe to be history - is the lens through which we view and interpret the world. And when that lens is distorted with misleading information, it has powerful effects on how we perceive the present and how we make decisions in the future, from choosing whom to vote for to interpreting the latest developments in today's news and opinion pieces.

To take a skeptical approach to American history is not to dabble in imaginative conspiracy theories or doubt the essence of the American experiment; rather, it's to reframe your understanding of this great nation's past and actually strengthen your appreciation for what makes American history such a fascinating chapter in the larger story of Western civilization.

Sorting through misconceptions, myths, and half-truths about America's past is also a chance to revisit some of the country's greatest episodes, figures, and themes from a fresh perspective and an opportunity to hone the way you think about and interpret the past, the present, and even the future.

In The Skeptic's Guide to American History, you can do just that. This bold 24-lecture course examines many commonly held myths and half-truths about American history and prompts you to think about what really happened in the nation's past - as opposed to what many believe happened.

Delivered by award-winning scholar and Professor Mark A. Stoler of The University of Vermont, these lectures demonstrate how reconsidering some of the most popular notions of U.S. history can yield new (and sometimes startlingly different) interpretations of political, social, economic, and military events. But more than just debunking commonly accepted accounts, you'll be able to replace these misconceptions with insightful truths.

Professor Mark A. Stoler is Professor Emeritus of History at The University of Vermont, where he specialized for almost 40 years in U.S. diplomatic and military history. He received his B.A. from The City College of New York and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Widely recognized as an expert on World War II history, he has served as a Presidential Counselor to the National World War II Museum and as a member of the U.S. Army Historical Advisory Committee.

24 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: Religious Toleration in Colonial America? 13: Myths about American Isolation and Empire
2: Neither American nor Revolutionary? 14: Early Progressives Were Not Liberals
3: The Constitution Did Not Create a Democracy 15: Woodrow Wilson and the Rating of Presidents
4: Washington - Failures and Real Accomplishments 16: The Roaring Twenties Reconsidered
5: Confusions about Jefferson and Hamilton 17: Hoover and the Great Depression Revisited
6: Andrew Jackson - An Odd Symbol of Democracy 18: What Did Roosevelt’s New Deal Really Do?
7: The Second Great Awakening - Enduring Impacts 19: World War II Misconceptions and Myths
8: Did Slavery Really Cause the Civil War? 20: Was the Cold War Inevitable?
9: The Civil War’s Actual Turning Points 21: The Real Blunders of the Vietnam War
10: The Myth of Laissez-Faire 22: Myths about American Wars
11: Misconceptions about the Original Populists 23: Who Matters in American History?
12: Labor in America - A Strange History 24: History Did Not Begin with Us


Total Page Views

The Skeptic's Guide to American History
Lectures by Professor Mark A. Stoler

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse The Skeptic's Guide to American
History
for providing a more accurate account of what
really happened in American history.