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American Midnight: Fear and Repression in the Wilson Years

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ClassGraphic America’s entrance into World War I marked the start of four years in our nation’s history characterized by violent attacks on dissenters, aggressive union-busting, corporation-funded private armies allied with law enforcement, mass civilian arrests, anti-immigrant violence, stringent government censorship, and the imprisonment of a presidential candidate, all amidst the backdrop of the war, a pandemic, and the specter of the Russian Revolution. In American Midnight: The Great War, A Violent Peace, and Democracy's Forgotten Crisis (Mariner Books, 2022), Adam Hochschild illuminates the dark currents of this often-overlooked era, which, in the words of The New York Times, “makes the McCarthyism of the 1950s look almost subtle by comparison.” Join us as we explore how, more than a century ago, most Americans endorsed or ignored a widespread campaign of fear and repression that has few parallels in our past.

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Wed

500 Davis Center

MultipleInstructor :
1.Kate McKeon2.Jim Burns3.Peg Romm 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/6/2023 - 12/6/2023 Weekly - Wed 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM Evanston, 500 Davis Center  Map Peg Romm  ; Jim Burns  ; Kate McKeon 
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