American Diplomats: Shaping America Through Foreign Policy

4 Sessions: Thursdays, November 4 and December 2, 9 & 16


ZOOM Class: 10:00-11:30

Member Fee: $45 Non-Member Fee:  $50


The study of American history tends to focus on Presidents, but a case can be made that our diplomats have had equal and sometimes greater influence on the development of the nation. This course, to be presented in two parts, will explore how American foreign policy has changed, and continues to change.

Fall 2021 will take us from the American Revolution to the beginnings of the 20th century. Part II of the course (scheduled for next spring) will build on that foundation and bring us to the present time. The course will emphasize the amazing continuity of themes that remain part of our national dialog.

Part I - Fall 2021:

Class 1: Financial Power and Neutral Independence: Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson

Class 2: American Realism and Civil War Pragmatism: John Quincy Adams and William Seward

Class 3: Emergence as a Global Power: John Hay, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson

Class 4: Interwar Internationalism: Charles Evans Hughes, Elihu Root and Cordell Hull

 Dr. John Plant received his Ph.D. degree in 2018 from George Mason University’s Shar School of Policy and Government. His dissertation centered on national policies to mitigate and adapt to population decline and migration. He is currently a principal partner with Kriticos Solutions Group, LLC, a company that assists businesses in developing proposals to meet Government requirements. Dr. Plant served in the United States Army from 1972 to 2001, retiring at the rank of Colonel. Following retirement, he served as a defense advisor to the Government of the Czech Republic from 2001 to 2007. Dr. Plant resides in Asheville, NC, where he also periodically teaches courses at the OLLIE College for Seniors at UNC-Asheville.