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The First “America First”

Photo by Rochelle Bayless, courtesy of Connecticut Landmarks

“America First” was President Woodrow Wilson’s campaign slogan in his 1916 re-election campaign.

Just months later, the U.S. entered WWI and Wilson established the Committee on Public Information to promote support for the war. Join Prof. Emeritus, Eugene Leach, Ph.D, of Trinity College, and Prof. Troy Paddock, Ph.D, of SCSU on Thursday, November 9th as they examine the use of propaganda to support the war and its relevance to contemporary issues.

Elizabeth Normen, Publisher of CT Explored, will moderate a question and answer session following the lectures.

The presentation, with light refreshments, will begin at 5:30 pm in the Amos Bull House, 59 S. Prospect St., Hartford (across the garden from the Butler-McCook House). Then, visit the Butler-McCook House & Garden to view the WWI posters and McCook family war memorabilia on display.

The Butler-McCook House & Garden and Main Street History Center is located at: 396 Main Street, in Hartford. It is open for tours May through December.  For hours and more information, visit www.ctlandmarks.orgwww.facebook.com/pages/Butler-Mc-Cook-House-Garden; or call (860) 247-8996.

Dr. Eugene Leach, Professor Emeritus at Trinity College, holds a joint appointment in History and American Studies. He came to Trinity in 1975 with degrees from Harvard, Michigan, and a doctorate from Yale. He has served as director of American Studies, chair of the History Department, and director of the graduate programs in both fields.

Dr. Troy R.E. Paddock is a Professor of Modern European History and Chairperson of the Department of History at Southern Connecticut State University. He received his B.A. in History and Philosophy from Pepperdine University and his M.A. and Ph. D from the University of California at Berkeley. He has edited two volumes on WWI and propaganda. Dr. Paddock is the president of the New England Historical Association for this academic year.

Connecticut Landmarks’ mission is to inspire interest and encourage learning about the American past by preserving selected historic properties, collections and stories and presenting programs that meaningfully engage the public and our communities. For more information, please visitwww.ctlandmarks.org.

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