|Meeting Day||3rd Thursday|
|Time||2.00 - 3.30|
|Location||Abbot Hall Social Centre|
|Co-ordinator(s)||Mike Adams, Terry Lambert and David Bryce|
We are a small group, slowly working our way through the history of this complex country. We are working in roughly chronological order and each month, one or two of our members lead a discussion – usually on a historical event or period. But we have also looked at broader topics such as language development, immigration and the relationship between State and Federal government. This last topic keeps cropping up as the background to many of the events that have taken place over the last several hundred years
American history is the subject of so many stories and films that we think we already understand what happened – but maybe the truth has got lost in the myths. For example, the session on Cowboys highlighted some common misrepresentations – if only in the clothing worn in so many of the films and TV programmes of our youth!
We have recently held three very interesting meetings and our Christmas party in December.
We have had talks on ‘Dorothea Lange – Photographer during the Depression’ and ‘Andrew Jackson’, whose career in Law, Politics and the Army were destined to lead him to the Presidency of the US in 1828.
We have also had a talk on ‘The Broadway Musicals: A History’.
19 Apr - ‘Jambalaya Crawfish Pie File Gumbo’ - Malcolm McIver
17 May - ‘Atlantic Crossings’ - Terry McIntee
21 June - ‘Death Valley’ - Mike Adams
9 July - ‘19th Century Immigration from Europe/Ellis Island’ - Mary Christian
We have recently had two very good talks given by members of the group on Susan B Anthony - US Womens Suffrage ,and George Bent - a man in two worlds (The White man's and the Cheyenne)
16th November – “Dorothea Lange - Photographer during the Depression” – Mary Christian
14th December – A Christmas Quiz
18th January – “Andrew Jackson” – David Bryce
15th February – “The Broadway Musicals: A History” – Ben Goodman
15th March – “The Quakers” – Tom Watson
19th April – “Jambalaya Crawfish Pie File Gumbo” – Malcolm McIvor
17th May – “Death Valley” – Mike Adams
During the last few months the slow construction work at the Abbot Hall Social centre has meant using the United Reform Church hall for some meetings – hopefully the work will not last too much longer! Recently we have had two very good meetings on “The Civil War” and “Senator Joe McCarthy” which provoked considerable discussion
21st September – “Susan B. Anthony – US Women’s Suffrage” – Terry Lambert
19th October – “George Bent – A man of two worlds” – Mike Christian
16th November – “Dorothea Lange – Photographer during the Depression” – Mary Christian
14th December – A Christmas Quiz
18 May: The Civil War – Jackie Hinton
15 Jun: Senator Joe McCarthy – Mike Christian
20 Jul: The Ku Klux Klan – Tom Watson
17 Aug: The Red Badge of Courage – Ben Goodman
A notorious influential senator, an epic novel, a civil war and a violent secretive organisation; talks, reflecting diverse aspects of a nation’s history. If any of them appeal, you will be welcome.
19 Jan: The Roosevelts - Ben Goodman
16 Feb: The Oregon Trail - Malcolm McIver
16 Mar: Bermuda - Richard Bird
20 Apr: Unionist/Confederate? - Tom Watson
A range of subjects from an influential political family, to conflict of loyalties in the Civil War and from the early days of Western Expansion to influence in the Caribbean Islands - something for everyone.
Previous Report - August 2016
15 Sep - Presidential Power – Mike Adams
20 Oct - Mount Rushmore - Terry McIntee
17 Nov - Arlington - Mary Christian
15 Dec - To be decided
As a group we have been going for seven years and are uncertain as to how to continue.
We may revive some of our older presentations for the benefit of our newer members, or examine some more general American themes rather than the purely historical ones.