September 25, 2019
Gleason Library - Hollis Room
22 Bedford Road
Carlisle, MA 01741
Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging and the Gleason Public Library 16th Annual Lecture Series
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
9/25 & 10/2 DUTY – HONOR – COUNTRY: AMERICA AT WAR 1941 – 1945
German U-Boats raids in North Atlantic along with the Japanese air attack on the American Fleet at Pearl Harbor globalized the Second World War. Within days, both Germany and Italy declared war on the US as well. Hitler was particularly dismissive of America’s war making capabilities. “What is America”, he sneered, but a country of “beauty queens, millionaires, stupid records and Hollywood.” President Roosevelt , however, assured the American people that “we will gain the inevitable triumph so help us God”. World War II was the most cataclysmic event of the 20th century.
Gary Hylander, Ph.D is an independent scholar, presidential historian and pedagogical specialist for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He will discuss such events as Pearl Harbor, D-Day, Rosie the Riveter, the Yalta Conference and Truman’s decision to drop the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.