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Author Talk: Christopher Capozolla on Uncle Sam Wants You
Tuesday, August 15 @ 7:00 pmFree
In commemoration of the centennial of World War I, the Medford Public Library and the Medford Historical Society & Museum are offering a series of exhibits and programs on World War I.
This talk, by author Christopher Capozolla, is based on his recent book, “Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen.” Copozolla will tell the story of the mobilization of the American home front in World War I. In clubs, schools, churches and workplaces, Americans governed each other during the war, but the heated temper of war quickly unleashed coercion on an unprecedented scale. Solving this problem prompted Americans to turn over increasing amounts of power to the federal government. Americans of the World War I era created a new American state — and new ways of being American citizens.
Capozzola specializes in the political and cultural history of the United States from the late nineteenth century to the present. At MIT, he teaches courses in political and legal history, war and the military, and the history of international migration. He was featured in the PBS documentary series “The Great War.”
This program is sponsored by the Medford Arts Council. Friends of the Medford Public Library, and the Medford Historical Society and Museum.