The Making of Modern America: 150 Years in 150 Minutes
Where: New York Institute of Technology
212-261-1500 Price: $80
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Massive banks and corporations wield enormous power, the income gap between the rich and poor grows wider, new technologies are changing lives, and conflicts over military interventionism, the environment, and immigration dominate public debate. Sound familiar? You might be surprised to know that these headlines were ripped, not from today’s newspaper, but from newspapers long ago from the transformative periods known as the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era. Stretching from the end of the Civil War in 1865 to roughly 1920, this extraordinary time was not only an era of vast and sweeping change, but it saw the birth of the United States as we and the world at large now know it.
The Making of Modern America is your chance to relive the most powerful and groundbreaking moments in the fascinating story of the United States of America, all the way through the remarkable political climate we are experiencing in 2017. This lecture, delivered by masterful historian Professor Edward O’Donnell, offers you a different perspective on the sweeping narrative of U.S. history and a comprehensive tour of those particular moments after which the nation would never be the same again. Taking a chronological and thematic approach, Professor O’Donnell gives you new ways to understand American history and to appreciate it as a grand narrative, pinpointed with key moments that changed things forever. Along the way, he’ll dispel some intriguing myths and half-truths. His presentation is packed with unfamiliar anecdotes, stories, and side notes that just may change your views on American history.