Ronald Feinman, Ph.D.
Ronald Feinman, Ph.D., has been a Professor of American History, Government and Politics for the past four decades, including 22 years as Senior Professor at Broward College and an Adjunct Professor of History and Political Science at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). 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.
The Life and Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt
The years of Theodore Roosevelt in the Presidency saw America move toward engagement in world affairs, promote government intervention in the economy in the public interest and make the concept of progressivism a widespread idea which would influence future Presidents, including Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson in significant ways. We will examine TR's life story, the domestic and foreign policy of his Presidency and also his third party candidacy in the Presidential Election of 1912.
The Life and Presidency of Woodrow Wilson
The years of Woodrow Wilson in the Presidency saw great advancements in domestic reform, the most until FDR in the 1930s, as well as America becoming engaged in the First World War. We will examine Wilson's life and record as President, the long-term impact he has had on American life and international affairs and see that he was a person in the tradition of Theodore Roosevelt, despite party and personal differences.
Turning Point Presidential Elections in America
This course will describe and analyze the significance of eight presidential elections in the past century, all regarded as turning point elections which changed the course of American history. 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 these elections will be evaluated, as well as the long-term effects of the election results. Discussion is invited at the end of each lecture.
The Life and Presidency of Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton remains one of the most popular Presidents of all time, with his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton the odds on favorite to be the Democratic Presidential nominee in 2016, possibly heralding a new Clinton Presidency, with Bill Clinton being the “First Man” under his wife’s potential presidency. But Bill Clinton also remains one of the most controversial presidents, facing impeachment due to the sex scandals which erupted in his presidency, and which undermined his second term agenda. The accomplishments and shortcomings of the man and his presidency will be examined, both in domestic and foreign policy, and his post presidency will be analyzed as to its effect on the historical image of the 42nd president. The impact of Clinton on the Democratic Party, and the changing political atmosphere in America will be assessed. Questions will be welcomed at the end of the lecture.
Four Unappreciated Presidents
This course will trace the lives and careers of four Presidents who have often been unappreciated for their contributions: James K. Polk (1845-1849); William Howard Taft (1909-1913); Jimmy Carter (1977-1981); and George H. W. Bush (1989-1993). We will determine what their virtues, accomplishments, faults and shortcomings were, and their impact on American history.