This program will take place at the Rancho Mirage Community Amphitheater, located in Rancho Mirage Community Park at 71560 San Jacinto Drive. Pre-registration is not required to attend (*see additional info below).
The United States is widely considered the greatest country in history. Many historians also consider us the most favored (luckiest) nation in the history of mankind. We have often had large territorial acquisitions literally fall into our hands. Critics of our history point out the we- like most world powers- engaged in imperialistic expansion often at the expense of less powerful peoples. This series of lectures will attempt to explain the importance of all three factors played in creating a truly great and territorial gigantic nation that has reigned as the world’s greatest superpower since World War I.
Library favorite Dr. William Gudelunas will cover topics including the Treaty of Paris of 1783, Louisiana Purchase, Mexican Cession, Oregon and 54-40 or Fight, the Gadsden Purchase, Seward’s Folly, late 19th century expansion in the Pacific and current “Commonwealths” of the United States. The lectures will also touch upon the United States' current commitments worldwide to promote political and economic freedom.
*Gates will open one hour in advance of program start time and parking is available in lots directly adjacent to the amphitheater and along San Jacinto Drive. Shaded chairs for 300+ attendees will be available on a first come first serve basis. Tiered concrete seating is also available, and guests may bring their own chairs (large shade structures, tents, and portable tables are not allowed). Outside alcohol is not permitted in the amphitheater. Public restrooms are available in the park and inside the amphitheater. Details regarding any cancellations or postponements due to weather will be available at ranchomiragelibrary.org.