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Course Description

The United States exited World War I in debt and questioning why the country had entered a European conflict that should never have happened. In the 1920 election, Warren Harding ran against Woodrow Wilson’s legacy and won easily. Harding’s administration and those of his successors, Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover, were marked by fiscal austerity and a desire to disarm the world, thereby creating an era of isolationism. In this era, the United States Navy sought to create an aviation capability to accompany its fleet into action. Although limited by the provisions of the Washington Naval Conference, the Navy converted a collier and two battle cruisers to aircraft carriers and employed them in annual fleet problems. These ships performed admirably, and from their performance in these exercises came the tactics and knowledge that proved so useful in World War II. This course will cover the development of the country’s carrier force based on their performance in fleet problems. | Lecture (plus questions)
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