ONLINE: The course will examine 10 different moments since World War II when a critical choice was made. We will consider what might have been if a different choice had been made. Examples include: What if President Franklin D. Roosevelt had stuck with Henry Wallace as his vice president in 1944, given the fact that Wallace opposed the Cold War with Russia? What if President John F. Kennedy had lived, given the fact that one month before his assassination he signed an executive order to withdraw all American troops from Vietnam after the 1964 presidential election? And what if Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. had not been assassinated in 1968, given that each focused on ending poverty in America? The course will emphasize group discussion, with students gaining a new appreciation for how our history could have been very different. | Facilitated discussion.
Max enrollment: 25.
William Chafe grew up in a white working-class neighborhood in Cambridge, MA, with playmates who were Black and Latino. He attended a Baptist church whose youth group leader talked about what Jesus would have done if confronted with social inequality. At Harvard, he wrote his senior thesis on W.E.B. Du Bois; as a graduate student in history at Columbia University, he focused on women's history and civil rights history. He is Duke’s Alice Mary Baldwin Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History.