Presented by Mike Limberg
One hundred years ago, millions of Americans traveled to Europe to fight or took on new responsibilities at home during the “War to End War”. World War I changed how Americans worked, lived, and saw the world. At home, the war accelerated industrialization and urbanization, facilitated women’s suffrage and Prohibition, and created new racial diversity in northern cities. Abroad, Americans encountered new people, saved millions of lives through humanitarian relief, and forged new commitments to promoting democracy and free trade through Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points. However, after the war ended, Americans found many of these changes uncomfortable and today, World War II overshadows World War I in Americans’ memory. Yet, our understanding of the challenges the United States faced at home and around the world during World War I is essential to our understanding of the modern debates about the makeup and global role of the United States in the present day. Join us as we explore how these events shaped our history and the current position of the United States in the global arena.
Michael Limberg is a historian specializing in the history of US Foreign Policy. He recently completed his PhD in History at the University of Connecticut, where he currently serves as a Lecturer.