*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Six Controversial Presidents of the Twentieth Century: Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan

Historical interpretation is never settled. We continue dispute the lessons we draw from history. That is certainly the case regarding these national leaders. Our studies will draw attention to the character of these presidents. We’ll investigate their upbringing, early life experiences, and personality formation. Attention to psychological factors may help us to understand why these leaders thought and acted as they did. We will focus on a few major crises during their presidencies. These “test cases” will illustrate the controversial nature of the presidents’ decision-making. Some of those controversies relate to domestic politics, others to international affairs. Note: This course does not meet on Wednesday, September 19.

Instructor Bio:

Robert Brent Toplin teaches occasional courses at the University of Virginia, and he taught for many years at Denison University and at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Toplin has published eleven books about history, and he has discussed historical subjects in several national appearances on commercial and public television. Toplin has also served as a principal creator of historical dramas for television. 


Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A302 Robert Toplin Sept 12, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24 We 10:00-11:30 a.m. Unity of Charlottesville WL

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