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ALL504  
FDR and Eleanor 
Day/Time  Wednesday 3:00-4:20 
Location C-115
Session 12 weeks 9/13-12/6
Class Limit Limit: 25
   

The story of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt is one of the greatest stories ever told. They were born to privilege, suffered extreme life traumas, and were reborn as two of the greatest humanitarian leaders the U.S. and the world have ever known. They led the U.S. through the Great Depression and World War II. The class will consist of a mixture of videos, discussions, reading, class participation, and lectures. The texts for the course will be No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin and/or FDR by Jean Edward Smith.

Coordinator: Rick Kornblum

Rick holds engineering and business degrees from Dartmouth College. He had a long career as an engineering manager. He is an amateur historian and an avid student of FDR.

 

 

 

ALL928  
History of Rock & Roll: The 50s & the 60s 
Day/Time  Monday 12:00-1:20 
Location C-106
Session 12 weeks 9/11-12/4
Class Limit Limit: 25
   

Rock and Roll was everything the suburban 1950s was not. While parents were listening to Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and others, their children were moving to a new beat, and by the end of the 50s, Rock & Roll helped define the difference between youth and adulthood. The 1960s saw the emergence of more and more new artists -- artists that were developing different genres within the umbrella of Rock & Roll -- Motown, Surf Music, Girl Groups, and the British Invasion. By the end of the decade, rock would have a genuine force of cultural and political consequence.

Coordinator: Lew Taylor

Lew is a retired public librarian and has a BA and MA in American History. Lew has taught many courses at ALL and is the owner of I Cannot Live Without Books in West Dennis.

 

 

 

 ALL961 
History of the Roman Empire 
Day/Time Monday 9:00-10:20 
LocationC-106
Session12 weeks 9/11-12/4
Class LimitLimit: 25
  

The Roman Empire stands as a towering monument to scale and stability. For 700 years people on three continents in Europe, Africa, and Asia gave their allegiance to a single political system, were governed by a unified set of laws, and were members of a distinct cultural community, despite their often profound linguistic, religious, and regional diversity. We will examine how a small village of shepherds and farmers rose to be the colossus that ruled the known civilized world of its day and left such a lasting mark on European history.

Coordinator: Paula Stefani

Paula has led several courses at A.L.L on diverse topics in history.

 

 

 

ALL953  
Josef Stalin and His Soviet Union, 1926 to 1953 
Day/Time  Wednesday 12:00-1:20 
Location C-106
Session 12 weeks 9/13-12/6
Class Limit Limit: 25
   

This course is a survey of the Soviet union in the years of Josef Stalin, Soviet Premier from 1926 to 1953. It covers his rise to power, the numerous purges that marked his regime, his Five Year Plans, his leadership in The Great Patriotic War (World War II), and his role in the onset of Cold War during and after World War II. Course Text: Utopia and Power: The History of the Soviet Union from 1917-1982. Mikhail Heller and Aleksandr Nekrich. For first week assignment read Chapter 4: In Pursuit of Conflict, 1926-1928.

Coordinator: Richard Stewart

Dick taught at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut for 43 years, retiring in 2015. He has lifelong ties to Cape Cod and is starting his third year at A.L.L.

 

 

 

ALL871  
Life and Writing of Ernest Hemingway 
Day/Time  Tuesday 9:00-10:20 
Location Bridgewater SU, S. Yarmouth
Session 12 weeks 9/12-12/5
Class Limit Limit: 25
   

Ernest Hemingway is arguably the most well known writer of the twentieth century and because of this has had a powerful influence on literature. In this course we will examine the genesis of this influential writer and study selected works that define Hemingway's works that earned the respect and recognition of the Nobel Committee. Through direct contact with his works and an examination of his life we will attempt to comprehend and appreciate the art of writing, Hemingway style. The short stories and novels that we will examine exemplify Hemingway's talents and his achievements in his chosen career. Students will be expected to read and be prepared to discuss the following works: A Moveable Feast; The Old Man and the Sea; A Farewell to Arms, and For Whom The Bell Tolls. We will also be reading many of his short stories, including My Old Man, Up in Michigan, The Battler, The Short and Happy Life of Francis Macomber, The Killers, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Fifty Grand. All of these works are available through the various libraries on Cape Cod as well as the CCCC bookstore.

Coordinator: Lew Taylor

Lew is a retired public librarian and has a BA and MA in American History. Lew has taught many courses at A.L.L. and is the owner of I Cannot Live Without Books in West Dennis.

 

 

 

ALL857  
Mercy Otis Warren: Muse of the Revolution 
Day/Time  Monday 10:30-11:50 
Location C-106
Session First 6 weeks 9/11-10/23
Class Limit Limit: 25
   

This is a six-week course focusing on the life, writings, and political impact of West Barnstable native Mercy Otis Warren. A confidant of many of the leaders of the patriot movement, Mrs. Warren, through her writings, fanned the flames of revolution.

Coordinator: Lew Taylor

Lew is a retired public librarian and has a BA and MA in American History. Lew has taught many courses at A.L.L. and is the owner of I Cannot Live Without Books in West Dennis.

 

 

 

ALL720  
Pilgrims, Puritans, and Early Cape Cod History 
Day/Time  Tuesday 1:30-2:50 
Location Downtown Campus, Hyannis
Session Second 6 weeks 10/24-12/5
Class Limit Limit: 21
   

Explore the life and times of the Pilgrims and Puritans before and after their arrival on Cape Cod. Study the exploration and exploitation from 1500 to 1620 along with the fur trade, colonization and peaceful and hostile relations with the Native Americans. Discuss how the achievements of the Plymouth Colony affect your life today: Bill of Rights, separation of church and state, civil marriages, selectman form of government, and America?s first constitution of 1636. A textbook will be provided at the first class, and some resource materials will be sent via email prior to the start of class.

Coordinator: Francis Robinson and Dorothy Robinson

Francis and Dorothy are former CT educators with advanced degrees in history and education. In retirement Fran was a Mystic Seaport Interpreter. They are co-authors of numerous historical genealogies.

 

 

 

ALL974  
Remember the Ladies-Part II 
Day/Time  Tuesday 9:00-10:20 
Location C-115
Session 12 weeks 9/12-12/5
Class Limit Limit: 25
   

Inspired by Abigail Adam's letter to her husband, John, this course will investigate the lives of some interesting women. Those covered will be Diane Nash, Dorothy Day, Hannah Szenes, Jen Bricker, Malala Yousafzai, Anna Walentynowicz, Martha Sharp, Katherine Goble Johnson, Bethany Hamilton, Edith Cavell, Joy Mangano, Judith Sternberg, Mary Fields, and Saint Maria Elizabeth Hesselblad.

Coordinator: Jim Perry

Jim has enjoyed teaching a variety of history courses with A.L.L. since 2005. He taught history in high schools and to adults for over 30 years.