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“A Bullet in the Chamber: The Politics of Catastrophe and the Declaration of World War I”
December 10, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
As members of Congress gathered in April 1917 to decide whether to declare war on Germany, some legislators arrived with battle scars. For Civil War veterans, the memory of that catastrophic war would inform their understanding of a new conflict. Historian Mary Dudziak reveals what it would take to generate sufficient support to enter a faraway war: a politics of catastrophe. Dudziak is Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at Emory University.
This event is co-sponsored by the National History Center and the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress.