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Turning Point:
Presidential Elections In America, 1912-2008
Ronald Feinman

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This  four-week series will describe and analyze the significance of eight "turning point" Presidential elections in the past 100 years. This lecture series will evaluate the battle for the nominations of the two major parties, the colorful personalities involved, the ensuing campaigns of the rivals, and the role of third parties and independent candidacies in some of the elections, as well as the effects of the election results. The personalities covered include: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as others who, while losing, had a tremendous impact on American history, including Herbert Hoover, Hubert Humphrey, Jimmy Carter, Al Gore and John McCain. A short discussion and question/answer period will follow each lecture.
1. Presidential Elections of 1912 and 1932
2. Presidential Elections of 1948 and 1960
3. Presidential Elections of 1968 and 1980
4. Presidential Elections of 2000 and 2008
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Ronald Feinman has been ​a professor of American History, Government and Politics for the past four decades, and has been an adjunct Professor in History and Political Science at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) for the past 25 years.  He holds a Ph.D. from City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School and is the author of Twilight of Progressivism: The Western Republican Senators and the New Deal (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981) and book reviews for various scholarly journals. He blogs about politics and history at the website: Dr. Feinman will be publishing a book, entitled Assassinations, Threats, and the American Presidency: From Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama with Rowman Littlefield in the summer of 2015, after being commissioned by that publisher to write on that subject. 

Time: 9:00 am - 10:45 am
Date: Fridays, February 6, 13, 20, 27
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $34 member / $54 non-member

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