HISTORY 171: WAR COMES TO MIDDLETOWN, 1910-1920
Professor Ronald Schatz
One hundred years ago the Great War–as it was called–erupted, rattling life in the homeland as surely as it shook the battlefront. In this seminar, we will look closely at Middletown (including Wesleyan) before, during, and after the war–both as a particular case and as a microcosm of American society.
We will make orientation visits to archives and other spots of interest. Each participant will choose an original research topic from a broad range of possible areas (military conscription, social mores, race and gender relations, revolutionary agitation, media coverage, etc.) as we put a picture together of this place at that time.