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History: The Making of a Superpower: USA, 1865–1975 – University Tutorial With Dr Emma Long From University of East Anglia

February 28 @ 14:15 - 15:00

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In this live interactive History tutorial, we will be joined by Dr Emma Long, Associate Professor in American History and Politics at University of East Anglia, who will explore The Making of a Superpower: USA, 1865–1975.

The full context/introduction to this live and interactive discussion is provided in a Headliner recorded resource (see below). This recording can be watched as a class activity or independently in preparation for the discussion.


In 1865, the United States, less than a hundred years old, was a country devastated by four years of civil war.  It was a nation politically divided and economically weakened.  A century later the United States was one of the world’s two superpowers, with the world’s strongest economy and political and military influence to match.  The story of this rise is complex but in the lecture we’ll look at three key factors which aided the US in its path to global dominance: the power of economic development; the influence of events happening outside American borders; and changing American attitudes to the rest of the world.  In the discussion, we will expand on these themes and consider others that you feel are important.




The session aims to deepen students’ understanding of the topic whilst enabling them to access and experience a live online university tutorial.


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Emma Long


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom, or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but access to the Headliner recording will continue to be accessible.


Suitable for: Key Stage 5, and equivalent, students studying or with an interest in studying History and related subjects. Teachers and members of school staff, as always, are welcome too and participants can join as individuals from school/college or home, or as a group from school/college.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students are asked to watch the Headliner recording and consider some of the key issues and any questions raised.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Zoom and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:


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February 28
14:15 - 15:00
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