Library to hold history program on America and World War II

MORGAN CITY, La. — The Morgan City Public Library will hold a six-week series of readings and discussions about World War II led by a Nicholls State University professor.

The program is titled “I’ll Be Seeing You … America and World War II.” It is funded by the Morgan City Public Library and sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

The program is free and open to the public and will be held on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., beginning Wednesday and concluding April 10 for six sessions. Those interested in attending should register in advance at the library, 220 Everett St., as seating is limited.

“I’ll Be Seeing You … America and World War II” will be conducted by Paul Leslie, professor of history at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux. The program will use a diverse collection of scholarly and oral history as the foundation for discussions about the World War II experiences of Americans. The program also is designed to bring the meanings of the conflict into perspective.

The six sessions are: The Coming of National Socialism; Midway; The Bombing War in Europe; Guadalcanal/Home front; The Normandy Invasion; and The Final Assault against Japan.

Texts include Incredible Victory: The Battle of Midway, by Walter Lord; Richard Tregaskis’ Guadalcanal Diary; Japan at War: An Oral History; The Mighty Eighth: The Air War in Europe As Told by the Men Who Fought It; Double Victory: A Multicultural History of America in World War II, by Ronald Takaki; Voices from the Third Reich; and Stephen Ambrose’s D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II.

“The largest war ever fought on the planet shaped the course of world history, and especially the direction of our nation,” said Jim Segreto, director of Readings in Literature and Culture Library programs for the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

He added, “While World War II from the American perspective is always going to be viewed as a just and victorious war, we have an obligation to re-examine assumptions and evidence about what shaped the war’s outcome and how war fighting related to American values and human behavior … The program’s readings will provide for many opportunities to explore these issues and appreciate the experience of war.”

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged because of the limited number of books and expected public response. For more information, or to pre-register, call the library at 380-4646.

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