2012 History Lecture Series--Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Presidential Elections That Made History

By University of Washington, History Department (other events)

4 Dates Through Oct 30, 2012

The University of Washington Department of History is pleased to announce the 2012 History Lecture Series with Professor Margaret O'Mara

Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Presidential Elections That Made History

Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 7:00pm, Kane 130
1912: Bull Moosers, Socialists, and the Election that Changed America

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 7:00pm, Kane 130
1932:  Hoover, FDR, and the New Deal Campaign

Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 7:00pm, Kane 130
1968:  The Fracturing of America

Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 7:00pm, Kane 130
1992:  New Economy, New Media, and the New World Order

In the final month of Election 2012, the History Lecture Series will look back at four game-changing presidential contests of the last century – looking at the candidates, the parties, the voters, and the America of their historical moment.

We begin with a lecture on the wild and woolly four-way contest in 1912 between Republican incumbent William Howard Taft, Democrat Woodrow Wilson, “Bull Moose” Teddy Roosevelt, and Socialist Eugene Debs.  The next installment takes on the election of 1932, exploring Hebert Hoover’s loss and Franklin Roosevelt’s win during the depths of the Great Depression and subsequent transformation in the relationship between citizens and their government.  The third evening fast-forwards to 1968, a year of political crisis at home and abroad, and fast-moving cultural shifts that reshaped both the Democratic and the Republican parties.  The series ends with the election of 1992,when the competition between incumbent George W. Bush, “New Democrat” Bill Clinton, and the iconoclast Ross Perot reflected the new political imperatives and economic realities of a post-Cold War, globalized world.

What were the critical issues shaping each election?  Why did the winning candidate prevail?  How did these events reflect the broader social and economic context of the United States at that time?  What lessons can pivotal elections of the past teach us about the present and future? Join Professor Margaret O’Mara on a historical journey that promises to inform, surprise, and inspire.

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