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HIST:714 Battle for Berlin: World War II06/16-06/16  

Come hear about the epic final clash in Europe that ended World War II. We will look at the details of the Soviet offensive to capture the capital of the Third Reich and destroy the regime. The battle pitted over 2 million Soviet soldiers against half a million remnants of the Wehrmacht. We will discuss in depth the urban warfare, the rivalry between Soviet commanders, what manner of defenders were left, what Hitler's inner circle were doing, and Soviet treatment of civilians. In addition to the details of the battle, we will discuss Hitler's personal last stand and the decision to allow the Soviets to capture Berlin instead of the Western Allies. Along the way we will discuss whether the American or British Allies should have attacked Berlin, or even if they could have.Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201615 60252
  • Meeting Dates= 06/16-06/16
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 114
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
HIST:705 Battle of Antietam (Battle of Sharpsburg)06/15-06/15  

The Battle of Antietam, America's Bloodiest Day, was a one-day battle near Sharpsburg, VA. The locale was chosen by Robert E. Lee. This Antietam Campaign was the first battle in which Lee brought his Army of Northern Virginia north into one of the loyal slave-owning states. One reason for coming north to fight was so his army could live off of Union farmers' food and in hopes that many men in Maryland would enlist in his army as it came through. You'll see what great opportunity there was in fighting there and what really happened. The instructor will have a few Civil War photos in stereo of the battle.Cost for adults 60 and over $11.50.

  • Registration Code= 201615 60163
  • Meeting Dates= 06/15-06/15
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
HIST:703 Bogged Down in Soggy Boots: America's War in Vietnam06/27-06/27  

In 1965, twenty years after the first American was killed in Vietnam, American combat troops arrived there. Virtually unconstrained by legal limitations, President Lyndon Johnson had made clear (kind of) his intention to pursue the war he had inherited. This second installment of American involvement in Vietnam will focus on that which followed the disputed August 1964 Tonkin Gulf Incident. It will explore key events in the Vietnam experience through 1973, when the last American combat troops departed the defoliated jungle. This session will also discuss the role of American decision makers, not least of all Presidents Johnson and Nixon, in directing the course of the war. Join us to determine whether the rabble-rousers at home who opposed the war had any valid complaints.Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201615 60360
  • Meeting Dates= 06/27-06/27
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
HIST:705 Civil War "News"06/29-06/29  

Have you ever wondered how Civil War news got to people across the land? Before radio, TV and Internet there were newspapers and magazines. Newspapers were in almost every town and there were several in larger cities. Large newspapers had their own correspondents who traveled with the armies, while small town papers shared a correspondent with neighboring town papers. You'll find out how quickly people received "current" news stories. Photography was new and very popular with everyone. In this class, you will have the opportunity to see some of the famous Civil War photos in stereo, the way they were taken and viewed at the time.Cost for adults 60 and over $11.50.

  • Registration Code= 201615 60165
  • Meeting Dates= 06/29-06/29
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Civil War Presidents & Their Wives06/22-06/22  

Neither Abraham Lincoln nor Jefferson Davis were popular presidents with the people. In Missouri, Lincoln carried only two counties in the 1869 election. Jefferson Davis never ran for the office of President. You will learn how Davis was selected. Both men worked long hours to do their best as President and as Commander-in-Chief of their armed forces. Hear what they each did right and what they could have done better. Each of the First Ladies had their detractors also, and each of them were very loyal to their husbands. You may decide if these ladies had an impact on the course of the war or not.Cost for adults 60 and over $11.50.

  • Registration Code= 201615 60164
  • Meeting Dates= 06/22-06/22
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
HIST:714 Comrades and Commissars: The Abraham Lincoln Battalion in the Spanish Civil War06/28-06/28  

When a Fascist revolt broke out in 1936 Spain, support for the Republic came from wide variety of sources. This resulted in the creation of the International Brigades. The main American component was the Abraham Lincoln Battalion. This is the story of those idealistic young Americans who went to fight and die on Spanish soil.Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201615 60315
  • Meeting Dates= 06/28-06/28
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 225
  • Instructor= Thomas Hoff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:703 Henry Ford: The Man Who Invented the Modern Age06/08-06/08  

Born on a Michigan farm, Ford became fascinated by the advent of the mechanical age and spent his time tinkering to make his machines run better. Transitioning to a management role, he built a massive empire, put America on wheels and tried his hand at International Diplomacy before attempting to make the transition from business magnate to political leader. As an aging industrial statesman, his passions and prejudices inflamed the public that could never truly love or reject him. Fire up your Tin Lizzy and spend an evening examining this life that continues to impact our own.Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201615 60239
  • Meeting Dates= 06/08-06/08
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= James Gallen
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
HIST:714 Misconceptions of World War II06/09-06/09  

A class for history-buffs with a solid knowledge of WWII or for those interested in sorting fact from fiction about commonly misunderstood facets of the war. This class will explore issues such as which country really had the edge in technology, how "General Winter" was not the cause of defeat in front of Moscow in 1941, what "blitzkrieg" really was and other common misconceptions of the war.Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201615 60243
  • Meeting Dates= 06/09-06/09
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 107
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
  The Battle of Belleau Wood (1918)06/23-06/23  

A Marine Lieutenant, when digging in at Belleau Wood, was told by the retreating French to fall back, the German forces were too numerous. The Lieutenant replied, "Retreat? Hell! We just got here!" Come and learn how about the baptism of fire the U.S. Army and Marine Corps experienced in this key World War I battle.Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201615 60253
  • Meeting Dates= 06/23-06/23
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 114
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
HIST:703 The Inchon Invasion06/30-06/30  

The Inchon Invasion, planned by General MacArthur, was the first turning point of the Korean War. The U.S. Marines made a surprise amphibious landing at this strategic port, which was criticized as a bold and risky move. Learn why this changed the course of the war, and how it was a very close and hastily planned battle.Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201615 60247
  • Meeting Dates= 06/30-06/30
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 107
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
HIST:714 The Lost Battalion (World War I)06/21-06/21  

In the midst of the largest American battle ever, the Meuse-Argonne offensive, a reinforced battalion from the 77th Division found themselves cut off by the Germans. They made a legendary stand that demonstrated the best of the young soldiers, displaying to the world that Americans might have come late to the war, but did not lack courage.Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201615 60316
  • Meeting Dates= 06/21-06/21
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 225
  • Instructor= Thomas Hoff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
HIST:703 Toes into Quagmire: How America Came to Care about Vietnam06/20-06/20  

Prior to France's defeat there, most Americans would have been unable to find Vietnam on a map. How then, sometime between the end of World War II and the Johnson Administration, did it come to occupy center stage in our foreign policy? This course will explore the back story of Western (and Eastern) involvement in Vietnam leading up to the Tonkin Gulf Incident. It will discuss American interest in Vietnam in the context of Cold War politics and introduce students to the internal dynamics of this tropical, primitive state just larger than New Mexico. Whether you lived through the period during which America grew increasingly interested in Vietnam or arrived later, and are still attempting to determine what we were doing over there, join us. We look forward to hearing a range of perspectives.Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201615 60359
  • Meeting Dates= 06/20-06/20
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777