Big History series returns Jan 31

Enormous divisions that seemed capable of ripping America apart. Deep disagreements on basic principles of government. Leadership styles in conflict. Welcome to the colonies before the Revolutionary War.

Dr. Rick Whaley and Herman Bender return to the Fond du Lac Public Library to present the eight-part series, “Big History: From the Revolution to the Mexican War.” The weekly presentations will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesdays January 31 through March 28. The programs are free; no registration required.

The popular duo is returning for their fifth year teaching entertaining and thought-provoking presentations at the library. The sessions include great storytelling and artifacts from Bender’s personal collection.

Each week “Big History” will march through time as the nation moves toward Revolution and beyond with attention paid to American Indians, slavery and the frontier experience. The class outline:

  • January 31: Events leading to the American Revolution and how the Revolution led to the America we have today.
  • February 7: The causes of the American Revolution and why they resonate today. How important was General Washington?
  • February 14: How did the Articles of Confederation impact military events? What role did the French play?
  • February 21: How the Revolution was won.
  • February 28: The New Republic, political crisis, expansion and change.
  • March 7: From confederation to Constitution, a new order in the nation emerges.
  • March 14: Politics, trade and the War of 1812.
  • March 21: The emergence of the Industrial Revolution and the Mexican War.
  • March 28: America and the coming of the Civil War.

Whaley retired in 2015 after 43 years of teaching, the last 22 years in Marian University’s History Dept., where he taught American history, geography, American government and honors classes. He received his master’s and doctorate in history from the University of North Dakota. Whaley’s particular interests include American history and the Civil War. He’s traveled extensively in the United States and Europe.

Bender is an independent researcher, writer and editor. His professional background includes geology and a technical field in industry. He is internationally published in the fields of applied geophysics, cultural landscape studies, prehistoric trails, archeoastronomy (prehistoric astronomy beliefs plus site investigations) and cosmology as a recognized specialist in Plains and Woodland Native American astronomy traditions.

Pictured: Charles Wilson Peale painted "George Washington at the Battle of Princeton" in 1779 to commemorate the general's Revolutionary War victories.

 

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