Presenter: Christopher Capozzola, Associate Professor of History, MIT
Synopsis: When most Americans think about what it means to be a citizen, they think of their rights—but what are citizens’ obligations, and how does war change those duties? During the First World War, Americans contemplated, debated, and enforced the obligations of citizenship, with legacies that reverberate today. Drawing heavily on the history of New England communities, and looking in particular at military conscription and wartime policies regarding bonds and taxes, this talk explores a crucial moment in America’s history and its lessons a century later. This program is free thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation.