Ballroom Lecture 1200

The 33rd Annual Whitehall Lecture Series, Heroes of the Homefront: World War I and the Faces of Wartime America, presented each Sunday afternoon from February 11th to March 11th, commemorates the roles of American soldiers and supporters during World War I. Each lecture will present a unique range of historical perspectives, including those of political and military leadership, the Doughboys on the front lines, minority infantrymen conscripted to battle, and women on the homefront and abroad. Heroes of the Homefront will evoke a new appreciation for America’s participation in World War I and address the ways in which American culture was forever changed by it.

When possible, a book signing with the author will follow each lecture.

Watch the Lecture Series online

The Whitehall Lecture Series may be viewed live online via a free Livestream broadcast through the Museum's website. Visitors may listen live, see the presentation, and submit questions. Begin by clicking on the "Join This Lecture Live" button.

Each program will also be recorded for viewing after the presentation.  There is no charge to watch the recorded lectures.

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March 1917: On the Brink of War and Revolution

Will EnglundWill Englund
February 11, 2018
3:00 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Will Englund will spotlight the events leading into World War I and the consequences of the action of war, including research from a wealth of contemporary Russian and American sources. Englund will deliver a highly detailed telling of the month that transformed the world’s greatest nations, March 1917.

The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten War


Richard RubinRichard Rubin
February 18, 2018
3:00 p.m.

Richard Rubin spent more than a decade compiling the firsthand stories of World War I soldiers as a written legend of accounts. In The Last of the Doughboys, he explores their vivid recollections of war that express equally poignant views of the camaraderie among men and the horrors of industrial warfare. This lecture is sure to tell the story of World War I unlike any you may have heard before.

World War I: The American Soldier Experience

Jennifer Keene photo for web Dr. Jennifer Keene
February 25, 2018
3:00 p.m.

An in-depth look at the complexities of what it means for Americans to ‘go to war.’ Honing in on the act of conscription and the ways in which America raised its forces during World War I, Keene will explore the racial and cultural differences among American Soldiers, exemplified by groups such as the Harlem Hellfighters, and life on the homefront after returning home. Supported by vivid imagery of the earliest training exercises, and later the necessity of trench and arms training on the Western Front, this lecture will present World War I from a more personal perspective.

The Second Line of Defense: American Women and World War I

Lynn Dumenil PhotoDr. Lynn Dumenil
March 4, 2018
3:00 p.m.

Lynn Dumenil will focus on popular culture images and occupations of women in World War I and the conventional notions of womanhood that suggested the continuing power of expectations about women's traditional roles in the family. Attention given to "modern" women's war service and heroic activism offered dramatic evidence of boundary-crossing women and removed restrictive limits. The media's fascination with the novelty of women at war undoubtedly led it to exaggerate the degree to which American women challenged gender conventions and helps us to understand why many observers believed -- inaccurately -- that the war would prove transformative in reshaping women's lives.

Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen

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Dr. Christopher Capozzola
March 11, 2018
3:00 p.m.

This lecture examines the ways in which American politics shifted as a result of a new era of war strategy and how the mobilization of a society of concerned citizens affected the homefront. While at first, duty, obligation, and personal responsibility were the focus of homefront efforts, growing strife led to an uproar of violence and a heated political climate. Told through the unique voices of political leaders and American citizens, Uncle Sam Wants You will cover military conscriptions and conscientious objection, homefront voluntarism, regulation of enemy aliens, and the emergence of civil liberties movements.