World War I

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
7:00–8:30 p.m. (EST) Enter Classroom Enter Forum


Ernest Freeberg
Distinguished Professor of the Humanities
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

About the Seminar

What were the causes and consequences of America's involvement in World War I? This seminar will seek to address that question by tracing the nation's movement from the neutrality of 1914 to the declaration of war in 1917. What forces moved us to war? What forces resisted that movement? And what impact did the War have on the homefront? The seminar will focus on the Espionage and Sedition Acts and the Supreme Court cases that tested them and inspired a new interest in civil liberties. In addition to analyzing documents, the seminar will examine the War's powerful propaganda posters to see how they inflamed emotion then and how they may be used to teach now.

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