The year, 2020, would make a great college history class in a few decades. The election, the pandemic, the impeachment…
Sure, the presidential process has been the same since 1776, but in the age of the Internet, it seems like a different ballgame.
If you want a little more context to all the chaos without going back to school, there's an easier way to understand the evolution of government since the inception of the United States of America. We're fans of The Great Courses Plus, which offers hundreds of different expert-created video and audio courses on every topic imaginable.
The Great Courses Plus makes learning more accessible and allows you to delve into whatever world tickles your fancy. But don't worry if you're having flashbacks to high school history class- there's no homework, no lengthy assignments.
America has such a deep history, that it's possible to build an entire course for yourself, just on the history of U.S. presidents, so we did!
In honor of President's Day, here's the course list we've built for you.
The Skeptic's Guide to American History
Taught by award-winning professor, Dr. Mark A. Stoler, this course debunks the myths and misconceptions that have been spread or misremembered over time. This one's structured like a television show; there are 24 episodes that are about half an hour long each, so it's perfect for a nightly ritual or a weekend binge.
Going to the Devil: The Impeachment of 1868
This 78 minute documentary is studded with fascinating historical facts that can help you trace a line from 1868 to the impeachments of 2020 and 2021, and better understand the process as a whole. You can watch courses in any order at any time, so you can save this for a one-time showing or watch it over the course of a week.
You can download courses to take with you on-the-go and switch between your different devices.
Understanding the US Government
Political science professor and political expert Dr. Jennifer Nicoll Victor hits this one out of the park. The Great Courses Plus partners with experts around the world as well as organizations like The Smithsonian and National Geographic to deliver the best teacher for every course.
This one goes deep into the whys and hows of the American government, so you'll finally understand the ins and outs of the absolute organized chaos that is Congress.
A History of the United States, 2nd Edition
This is why we love The Great Courses Plus. Welcome to everything you could ever need to know about the United States. This overview from Columbus to the turn of the millennium will make you an expert in all things America. It's taught by 3 professors and comes with an optional 400+ page PDF if you want to keep notes.
You can also just leave it running in the background; and with The Great Courses Plus, there is no extra work to do, so you can log on and learn when you want, and log off when you don't.
For a break from politics, you'll find videos on other current events, such as How The Stock Market Works or even current household trends, like Baking Bread.
If you've ever wanted to be the person who's in the know, The Great Courses Plus will give you access to all the historical (and non-historical) information you'll need to be an armchair expert. Who knows, it may even inspire you to be a certified expert.
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