History in the News: Citizenship and Civil Liberties on the World War I Home Front
Thursday, May 18th • 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
at the Willamette Heritage Center
May’s History in the News program is presented in partnership with the Oregon Historical Society, and features a presentation by and discussion with Dr. Adriane Lentz-Smith, Dr. Kimberly Jensen, and Dr. Steve Sabol.
Americans fought their wars for democracy at home as well as abroad. Wartime propaganda and policies defined new rules for the status and practice of citizenship in Oregon and across the nation. Women activists, for example, claimed a more complete female citizenship. For women of color and women in ethnic communities, this push intersected with claims and contestations rooted in their racial and ethnic identities and pushed back against a system of white racism that seemed destined and determined to expand. Native Americans, African Americans, immigrants, and hosts of others all engaged in war-related debates and activism that furthered their ongoing claims to civic rights and obligations. Some saw the promise of citizenship through wartime loyalty in support of government programs and the war effort. Others claimed a citizen’s right to dissent, often paying a high price to do so. This panel will provide audiences an overview of these histories and create opportunity for discussion about their ongoing legacies today.
Kimberly Jensen is Professor of History and Gender Studies at Western Oregon University. She is the author of Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War (2008) and is completing a book project “Civic Borderlands: Oregon Women, Citizenship, Civil Liberties and the Surveillance State, 1913-1925.”
Adriane Lentz-Smith is Associate Professor of History, Women’s Studies, and African & African-American Studies at Duke University. A historian of the black freedom struggle and the United States in the World, she is the author of Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I. She is currently working on a new book project on African Americans and state violence in the post-civil-rights years.
Steven Sabol is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His forthcoming book, “The Touch of Civilization”: Comparing American and Russian Internal Colonization, is scheduled to be published by the University Press of Colorado in February 2017. In addition, he is co-editing North Carolina During the First World War, forthcoming in late 2017 with the University of Tennessee Press. He is the former editor of two different scholarly journals, Nationalities Papers and First World War Studies.
History in the News is FREE and open to the public! Food and drink will be available for purchase from Taproot Lounge & Cafe. Join us for History in the News on the third Thursday of each month through November, presented in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities, sponsored by KMUZ Community Radio, and with the support of our communications partner, Salem City Club.