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One Day University with the Boston Globe / morning classes only: History and Politics

January 14, 2017 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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10:00 AM - 11:20 AM
Five Turning Points That Changed American History

Edward O'Donnell / Holy Cross College

In the relatively short history of the United States, there have been many turning points and landmark movements that irrevocably altered the direction of the nation and signaled the dramatic start of a new historical reality. Some took the form of groundbreaking political and philosophical concepts; some were dramatic military victories and defeats. Still others were nationwide social and religious movements, or technological and scientific innovations.

What all of these turning points had in common, is that they forever changed the character of America. Sometimes the changes brought about by these events were obvious; sometimes they were more subtle. Sometimes the effects of these turning points were immediate; other times, their aftershocks reverberated for decades. Regardless, these great historical turning points demand to be understood.

Edward O'Donnell / Holy Cross College
Edward O'Donnell is a Professor of History at Holy Cross College. He is the author of several books, including "Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality: Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age America." During his years in New York City, Professor O'Donnell led more than 1,200 walking tours through New York City's neighborhoods. He has be featured on PBS, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, C-Span, and ABC World News Now, among others. He has curated several major museum exhibits on American history and appeared in several historical documentaries.

11:35 AM - 1:00 PM
The American Immigrant Experience

Sol Gittleman / Tufts University

The United States experienced major waves of immigration during the colonial era, the first part of the 19th century and from the 1880s to 1920. Many immigrants came to America seeking greater economic opportunity, while some, such as the Pilgrims in the early 1600s, arrived in search of religious freedom. From the 17th to 19th centuries, hundreds of thousands of African slaves came to America against their will. Individual states regulated immigration prior to the 1892 opening of Ellis Island, the country's first federal immigration station. New laws in 1965 ended the quota system that favored European immigrants, and today, the majority of the country's immigrants hail from Asia and Latin America.

According to renowned Tufts University Professor Gittleman, the immigration history of the United States is the history of the United States. Nearly all Americans (laborers, entrepreneurs, or asylum seekers) have a common history of having come from somewhere else, and he's looking forward to summarizing these 600 years in 85 minutes!

Sol Gittleman / Tufts University
Sol Gittleman is a professor at Tufts University. Professor Gittleman was named the Alice and Nathan Gantcher University Professor, one of three current university professors at Tufts. Professor Gittleman lectures extensively on topics of American immigration, the National Pastime, and comparative religion. He has received two Fulbright awards, the Harbison Prize of the Danforth Foundation for Outstanding Teaching, a citation as Professor of the Year from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and is the recipient of the 2009 Robert J. McKenna Award from The New England Board of Higher Education.

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