WORLD WAR I AND AMERICA  author talk and signing -The Franklin D. Roosevelt  Presidential Library and Museum

The Franklin D. Roosevelt 
Presidential Library and Museum
presents a WORLD WAR I AND AMERICA 
author talk and signing
— supported by Library of America —
with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist 
Will Englund, author of
MARCH 1917: 
ON THE BRINK OF WAR AND REVOLUTION
Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Henry A. Wallace Center at the
FDR Presidential Library and Home
CLICK HERE to register
HYDE PARK, NY — The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is pleased to present a WORLD WAR I AND AMERICA author talk and signing — supported by Library of America — with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Will Englund, author of MARCH 1917: ON THE BRINK OF WAR AND REVOLUTION. The program will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2017 in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home. Following the presentation, Englund will be available to sign copies of his book. This is a free public event but registration is required. CLICK HERE to register.
This program is part of WORLD WAR I AND AMERICA, a two-year national initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
“We are provincials no longer,” declared Woodrow Wilson on March 5, 1917, at his second inauguration. He spoke on the eve of America’s entrance into World War I, just as Russia teetered between autocracy and democracy. In the face of chaos and turmoil in Europe, Wilson was determined to move America away from the isolationism that had defined the nation’s foreign policy since its inception and to embrace an active role in shaping world affairs.
Just ten days later, Tsar Nicholas II abdicated the Russian throne, ending a three-centuries-long dynasty and plunging his country into a new era of uncertainty, ultimately paving the way for the creation of a Soviet empire.
Within a few short weeks, at Wilson’s urging, Congress voted to declare war on Germany, asserting the United States’ new role as a global power and its commitment to spreading American ideals abroad. Yet at home it remained a Jim Crow nation, and African Americans had their own struggle to pursue. American women were agitating for the vote and a greater role in society, and labor strife was rampant. As a consequence of the war that followed, the United States and Russia were to endure a century of wariness and hostility that flickers and flares to this day.
MARCH 1917: ON THE BRINK OF WAR AND REVOLUTION reexamines these tumultuous events and their consequences in a compelling new analysis. Drawing on contemporary Russian and American diaries, memoirs, oral histories, and newspaper accounts, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Will Englund creates a highly detailed account of the month that transformed the world’s greatest nations. MARCH 1917 considers the dreams of that year’s warriors, pacifists, activists, and revolutionaries, and demonstrates how their successes and failures constitute the origin story of our complex modern world.
Pulitzer, Polk, and Overseas Press Club Award-winning journalist Will Englund was a recent Moscow correspondent for The Washington Post and has spent a total of twelve years reporting from Russia. He now lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Copies of Englund’s book will be available for sale after the talk. Please contact Cliff Laube at (845) 486-7745 or email clifford.laube@nara.gov with questions about the event.
 
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Designed by Franklin Roosevelt and dedicated on June 30, 1941, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is the nation’s first presidential library and the only one used by a sitting president. Administered by the National Archives and Records Administration since 1941, the Library preserves and makes accessible to the American people the records of FDR’s presidency. The Roosevelt Library’s mission is to foster a deeper understanding of the lives and times of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and their continuing impact on contemporary life. This work is carried out through the Library’s archives and research room, museum collections and exhibitions, innovative educational programs, and engaging public programming. For more information about the Library or its programs call (800) 337-8474 or visit www.fdrlibrary.org.