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Public Invited to Lander University Symposium on World War I 

By Jeff Lagrone
via the Lander University web site

On Thursday, March 14, and Friday, March 15, Lander University will host a two-day symposium on the far-reaching effects that World War I had on the American South.

The public is invited to the event, made possible by a grant from South Carolina Humanities.

Lander University WWI Symposium LogoA new book, “The American South and the Great War, 1914-1924,” published by LSU Press and co-edited by Lander Associate Professor of History Dr. Ryan Floyd, was instrumental in the obtainment of the grant. Floyd will participate in several panel discussions during the symposium, as will his co-editor, Dr. Matthew Downs, associate professor of history at the University of Mobile, Alabama.

Floyd said that he got the idea for the book while researching his earlier book, “Abandoning American Neutrality: Woodrow Wilson and the Beginning of the Great War, August 1914-December 1915.”

“I was surprised to discover that there were no books on the American South in World War I. There were articles here and there, or a chapter here and there,” but no books, he said.

Floyd called the lack of published material on the topic “a real mistake.” World War I “had a significant effect on the South” in a variety of ways, he said.

Read the entire article on the Lander University web site.

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 Public Invited to Lander University Symposium on World War I

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