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U.S. History Part 2: From Truman to the Berlin Wall

A 4-week course exploring American history from the end of World War II to the present day.
Nelson Vargas, J.D. Professor
341 total reviews for this teacher
17 reviews for this class
Completed by 50 learners
year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class


Charged upfront
$23 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 4 weeks
55 minutes per class

Available times

Table of available sections


Class Experience

Originally from Puerto Rico, I grew up in the low-income housing projects of New York City. I have worked in law for over 20 years. This includes experience as a refugee officer in Africa and South East Asia. 

As required by Outschool regarding I have significant expertise in conflict resolution and mediation. I have received mediation training as part of my legal degree and receive continuing education training in both mediation and conflict resolution to retain my legal licensure. I have participated in several mediations and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. I have provided training in conflict resolution and de-escalation at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. In 2020 I co-taught a class on mediation at the Univerity of Maryland, School of Social Work.   
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
The class will address armed conflicts that the United States has been involved with, such as the Korean conflict and war in Vietnam. Given the age group, class discussion will focus on the lasting legacy of these conflicts and how they continue to shape the world today.
Sources for the class include:

* Source material documents from the U.S. National Archive, the Smithsonian resource library, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. 
* American Memory collection - historical collections for the National Digital Library, at the Library of Congress. 
* History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web. (n.d.). Retrieved January 08, 2021, from http://historymatters.gmu.edu.
* Teaching for Change, Civil Rights Teaching, from https://www.civilrightsteaching.org/resources


Nelson Vargas, J.D. Professor
Lives in the United States
Law, social studies, history, and civics teacher
341 total reviews
506 completed classes

About Me

I am a judge, former federal prosecutor, policy counsel, and college and law school professor. My bachelor's degree is from the State University of New York at Albany in Political Science and History, with a minor in Economics. I also earned a... 
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