History After Hours: Love and Death in the Great War

National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

Join us for an evening with Andrew J. Huebner, Associate Professor of History, University of Alabama and the author of “Love and Death in the Great War” (Oxford University Press, 2018).

100 years ago, Americans of the Great War era often heard the tale of their nation’s intervention told as a love story. Fighting offered romance, and not just on the battlefield. It promised to stir “khaki-mad” passions in young women, bolster the romantic credibility of the doughboy, and cultivate national chivalric virtue. But this war story quickly crashed into the reality of experience. The daily lives of the Missourians Mae and Eliga Dees–visible through a full set of letters between the two while Eliga was fighting in Europe–suggests a different tale of war, one obscured by the passage of time and the romantic tones of American wartime culture.

Doors open to the public at 6:00 pm; complimentary bar and light refreshments provided. The talk starts at 6:20 pm. This event is free; registration is requested.

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