SEMINAR PROFILE

H08 - 
The Great War in Massachusetts
   
  How did Massachusetts's men and women experience World War I? This two-day program will focus on people, places, and events that connect the broader history of World War I to the history of Massachusetts. Using letters, diaries, and photographs from the Society's collections, participants will meet soldiers, Red Cross volunteers, and relief workers, among others. These items provide a glimpse of the challenges and occasional pleasures of life during times of war. We will also examine the role of government propaganda campaigns in recruiting volunteers, financing war efforts, and promoting national unity and nativism. The World War I era produced some of the most memorable songs, posters, and propaganda in American history; participants will investigate the messages behind the most popular items of the day and discuss how to connect them to classroom activities. We will end by thinking about how wartime participation shaped postwar expectations for different groups, especially African-Americans and women.
       
   
Scholar:
 
Location:
Massachusetts Historical Society
   
Dates:
12/3/2020, 12/9/2020