Subject Areas:History
Name & Location:Mr Simon CORKSheffield
Contact & Website:
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Subjects:American Presidents: Who? Why and When. A light hearted look at some of the more interesting Presidents, how they came to power and what was happening in their era. What did they achieve, why did they fail, does history show them to be exceptional, atrocious or just plain ordinary, perhaps?. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly? The talk also covers the background to how the position of president evolved and its relationship with Congress.

America in the Gilded Age. An illustrated talk covering life in America 1865-1900. The Gilded Age saw the birth of the corporate trusts / monopolies and with it a growth in greed, avarice and corruption. Contrasting this with wonderful Mansions and a rich history, it also saw the global emergence of a nation that had previously been somewhat isolated in the new world of colonialism.

Andrew Carnegie became the richest man in the world in March 1901 when he sold his steel empire for $440 million to J P Morgan. He was celebrated for building over 2600 Carnegie Libraries, unquestionably becoming one of the world's greatest philanthropists. Yet little is known of Carnegie's remarkable life story, he was a true visionary figure, a prolific writer, an arch anti-imperialist in the turbulent politics of late 19th century America and for 30 years a leading advocate of peace through arbitration. The talk examines his life in the context of America in the period 1870 to 1910.

I bring my own projector with the talk pre-loaded, you just need to supply a screen / white wall and projector table. Contact the speaker for fees / travel arrangements
Availability & Fee:AnytimeTBC
Requirements: S, PS, ECClick for requirements explanation
Areas Covered: South Yorkshire only
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