Great Lives, Presidential Edition, Online Now

The Great Lives program offers a series of recorded lectures focusing on several notable presidents.

With large in-person gatherings  prohibited on campus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Great Lives program this fall offered a series of recorded lectures focusing on several notable presidents. The approach seemed appropriate in this presidential election year.

UMW Professor Emeritus of History William B. Crawley, the founding director of the Great Lives series, delivered the lectures, all of which are available online. Crawley has been a part of the Mary Washington faculty for 50 years, during which he has won numerous awards for teaching excellence, focusing largely on political history.

The lectures were posted throughout the fall semester and will be available in the Great Lives archives. Find the following lectures online:

Thomas Jefferson: Paragon of Democracy or Racist Hypocrite?

Theodore Roosevelt: The Patrician Progressive and the Bully Pulpit 

Woodrow Wilson: Self-Righteous Idealist or Far-Sighted Visionary?

Franklin D. Roosevelt: Savior or Spoiler of American Democracy?

Harry S. Truman: The Accidental President and the Triumph of True Grit

John F. Kennedy: “Camelot” and the Question of Style vs. Substance

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