Eighty years ago, in the fall of 1940, World War II was raging, and the future of democracy hung in the balance. In Europe, Britain faced Germany and the Axis countries virtually alone. The Battle of Britain and the Battle of the Atlantic would determine whether Germany and Italy would dominate Europe and the Mediterranean. In the United States, the election for President between Franklin Roosevelt and Wendell Willkie looked close. A military draft and the Lend Lease program became key dividing lines in Congress and in the election. But the United States was not at war and new movies, plays, and books were released, the World Series went to seven games, and the 1939/1940 World’s Fair came to an end in New York. Join us as we follow these momentous events. Each week, the discussion leaders will select 10 to 20 New York Times articles from corresponding weeks in 1940. We will discuss military, political, science, cultural, and economic news. Canvas will be used extensively; supplemental materials will be provided, and videos will be shown. A subscription to the digital New York Times is required. We will use their TimesMachine feature included with the subscription. Canvas used extensively. No class on 11/26/20.