Monday, October 29, 2018

Kennedy School History Pub

Committed: The Home Front in Oregon During World War I, 1914-1918

Kennedy School

6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. event


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About Committed: The Home Front in Oregon During World War I, 1914-1918

Committed: The Home Front in Oregon During World War I, 1914-1918

Presented by William Stack, Independent local historian and author

When most Americans think of World War I they imagine it to be an era of strong leaders, brave soldiers, bloody battles and heroic generals. Instead, in this presentation, Mr. Stack will be focusing on the home front in Portland and Oregon during 1914-1918, and will show how the average Portlander, and Oregonian was affected by the war in their lives.

During the presidential election of 1916 Woodrow Wilson campaigned on the theme of “He kept us out of war.”  By April, 1917 however, the United States was embroiled in World War One.  This presentation will show how Americans were affected by the passage of the Espionage and Sedition Acts that were passed in 1917 and 1918.  People affected by these laws nationally and locally were activists, immigrants, persons of color, political parties, and labor unions.  In addition, public opinion was manipulated by the federal government in order to garner support for the war on the part of Americans. Moreover, this presentation will show how Portland and Oregon gained population during the war and the effect that World War One had on the shipbuilding and timber industries.

Finally, a brief summary of the post-World War One era and the effects both nationally and locally during the 1920s of the “Red Scare” and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in the United States. 

About the Speaker:

William Stack is a seasoned educator and an independent local historian. He has taught at the middle school, high school and college levels.  In addition, he has written and had published the following:  Historic Photos of Oregon (book), articles on President John Adams, Astoria businessman George Flavel and highway builder Glenn Jackson.  He is currently at work on an article on World War One on the home front.

About Kennedy School History Pub

Kennedy School History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

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