Eighty years ago, in the summer of 1940, war was raging in Europe and China. By July 1, France, the Low Countries, Norway and Denmark had fallen to the German army and the British had escaped at Dunkirk. Many were betting that Great Britain could not survive. Meanwhile, life in the United States went on. In addition to the day-by-day developments in the war, we will cover the dramatic upset by Wendell Willkie at the Republican Convention in June and the nomination of FDR at the Democratic Convention in Chicago in July. Join us as we follow these momentous events. Each week, the discussion leaders will select ten to twenty New York Times articles from the summer of 1940. We will discuss military, political, scientific, cultural and economic news. We will provide supplemental materials, including videos, as well. We will use Canvas to distribute materials for the class. Digital access to The New York Times "Time Machine" is encouraged but not required.