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[Past Event] Landmark Presidential Elections

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Historian David Anderson examines four presidential elections that were landmarks in the development of the U.S. two-party system. The 1800 contest was the first between two parties (Federalist and Democratic-Republican); 1860 marked the first Republican victory; 1912 had four serious parties that reflected a deep progressive-conservative split; and 1936 revealed the Roosevelt coalition and the modern identities of the two major parties. All four elections occurred with major wars on the horizon: the Napoleonic Wars, Civil War, World War I, and World War II.


Tuition: $25.00

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Tuesdays, Sept. 1, 8 *3:30-5:30pm* (2 sessions)


We'll meet online via Zoom. Zoom is free and easy to use. OLLI will walk you through the steps. Prior to each Zoom meeting (class), you will receive an email with specific details on that meeting.


David Anderson, Ph.D., is Professor of History Emeritus at CSUMB and Senior Lecturer of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the author or editor of 12 books on American foreign relations. His most recent book, "Vietnamization: Politics, Strategy, Legacy" was published last November.