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American Brothers

<p>Many sets of American brothers have achieved fame in politics, government and intelligence services, science, entertainment, literature, the theatre and crime. The similarities and differences

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Many sets of American brothers have achieved fame in politics, government and intelligence services, science, entertainment, literature, the theatre and crime. The similarities and differences between the brothers have been captured by historians, biographers and documentary makers. The power brokers John Foster Dulles (Secretary of State 1953-1959) and Allen Dulles (Director of the CIA 1953-1961) dominated American and global Cold War politics under Eisenhower. We are still entertained by the Marx Brothers and the films of the four Warner Brothers many decades later. The legacy of each of the brothers opens up questions about political and social history of their lives and times.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

SUGGESTED READING

  • Brothers, The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, Free Press, 2008, David Talbot, ISBN 0743269195
  • American Gothic, the Story of the American Legendary Theatrical Family Junius, Edwin and John Wilkes Booth, Simon and Schuster, 1992, Gene Smith, ISBN 0671767135
  • The Devils Chessboard, Allen Dulles and the Rise of the CIA and the Secret American Government, Harper Collins, 2016, David Talbot, ISBN 00622776174

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Kennedy brothers, their achievements and their legacies
  • John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles, Cold War warriors and their legacies
  • Warner Brothers Jack, Henry, Albert and Sam and their impact on the American film industry and the Hollywood system
  • William and Henry James and their literary legacies
  • The Marx brothers, Groucho, Harpo, Gummo, Chico, Zeppo and their film legacy over almost a century

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss the social, economic and political forces which shaped the destiny and the achievements of the sets of brothers
  2. Discuss how they were viewed in the context of their times and in more recent years
  3. Explain the essential differences and similarities in the sets of brothers

Judith King

Dip Ed, MA
Judy King MA, Dip Ed has taught History and Politics at WEA since 2011. Before then, she taught HSC Modern History, Ancient History and English in NSW public schools for many years. She has also...