“The Yanks Are Coming”: U.S. Entry into World War I
with lecturer Dr. Amanda McVety, Associate Professor of History at Miami University
6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Mercantile Library
Join us at the Mercantile Library as we commemorate the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I.
In November 1916, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson narrowly won re-election in large part on the slogan that “he kept us out of war.” On April 2, 1917, however, he asked a joint session of Congress for a declaration of war on Germany in order to make the world “safe for democracy.” Four days later, Congress obliged. Dr. Amanda McVety from Miami University will investigate why Wilson changed his mind about neutrality and the ramifications of his decision to send U.S. troops “over there.”
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Cincinnati Museum Center’s Curator of History Objects and Fine Art, Dr. David Conzett will be showcasing a few collection pieces, discussing the connections between Cincinnatians and the global conflict.
This lecture is FREE but please register for your spot by clicking here.
The Mercantile Library can be accessed at 414 Walnut Street. Take the Express elevator to the 11th floor. Parking is available at Fountain Square.
In collaboration with Miami University and the Mercantile Library
Founded April 18th, 1835, by forty-five merchants in the pursuit of self-education and networking, The Mercantile Library is one of nearly two-dozen membership libraries remaining in the United States. Membership is open to anyone and available at multiple levels, starting at $55 annually. Since 1835, The Mercantile Library has hosted lecturers and speakers, experts on a wide array of subjects—politics, art, literature, science, religion and more. The Mercantile’s book collection is general in subject matter and reflects the interests and entertainment choices of our members throughout the 181 years of the library’s history. William Makepeace Thackeray, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Rabbi Isaac Wise, John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, David Halberstam, Seamus Heaney, Salman Rushdie, Robert Caro, David Brooks, Michelle Alexander, Julia Child, Colum McCann, Sandra Cisneros and Doris Kearns Goodwin have all lectured at the Mercantile.