The US, 1912-1920

This is a 9-week workshop, starting on September 27th, 2017 through November 29th, 2017. No class November 1st, 2017.

Moderator:             Rich Szlozek
Co-moderator:       Betsy Loughran
Day and Time:        Wednesday 10:00AM-Noon
Format:                     Seminar
Location:                  Smith College, Lilly Hall 308 Northampton
(parking permit required; provided to participants by moderator)

In this seminar, we will consider how life in the US changed from 1912-1920, an era including the two administrations of Woodrow Wilson and World War I, by examining the lives and policies of the most influential men and women of the times.

The period of 1912-1920 was undoubtedly one of the most tumultuous eras in US history, with the country becoming much more involved in world affairs, including a world war, as well as experiencing the start of revolutions in transportation, communication, and social transformation. In this seminar we will examine the lives and policies of many of the influential people of that era, men and women, internationalists and isolationists, politicians and non-politicians, to see how those individuals affected life throughout the country. Please note, while the effects of the war will certainly be covered, this will not be a course about World War I and its battles, but rather an examination of the lives of the decision and policy makers, and other important people of the era, and how life in the U.S. was affected by those individuals. Due to high demand, this seminar is a repeat of the seminar offered in Spring 2017.

Role of participants:
Participants will be asked to choose an individual from a list provided by the moderators and present a 25-30 minute report on that person, leading a short discussion afterward.

There are countless books on the World War I era, and participants will be free to choose the appropriate resources for the subject they choose to report on. A list of some possible resources will be provided at the Preview, such as Wilson by A. Scott Berg and After the Cheering Stopped by Gene Smith.

About the Moderator(s):
Rich Szlosek is a retired attorney and this is the 13th seminar he has led. Betsy Loughran taught middle and high school history before her life changed direction. She looks forward to returning to study an era seemingly related to many of our current world problems. She also is an experienced moderator.

Maximum number of participants: 16

Emeritus/a accepted: no