Join professor UW-O Fox Cities Professor Steven Sheehan as he leads our History Series -- Over Here: The World War II American Home Front.

While millions of Americans fought overseas during World War II, the story of the war also includes what Americans did “over here.” These online history programs focus on the American home front during World War II and examine how the war transformed American life.

March 9 at 7:00pm: Shoot on Sight: FDR’s September 1941 Fireside Chat
Three months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt told Americans in a Fireside Chat that the U.S. Navy would engage any German submarine encountered in the Atlantic Ocean.This presentation will explore the events surrounding the decision to “shoot on sight” and recount the events that prompted the presidential speech that announced to Americans that they would be entering war in the Atlantic.

A few Chromebooks and WifFi hotspots are available for checkout from the library if you want one to attend.  To participate, the presentation will be accessible at 6:30pm. Join the program from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. 

CLICK HERE to join this online program.

You can also dial in using your phone:
(Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
Access Code: 584-279-669

Next presentation:
April 13: Fox Cities Soldiers Return Home

About our presenter: Steven T. Sheehan is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh-Fox Cities.  He earned his Ph.D. in American History from Indiana University. His current research focuses on speechwriting in FDR’s White House.

All programs at the Elisha D. Smith Public Library are free and for everyone.  Those with special needs are encouraged to call the library office at 920.967.3662 within 24 hours of an event to assure that specific needs with regards to parking, building and meeting room accessibility are met.  

Todos los programas de la Biblioteca Elisha D. Smith son gratuitos y para todos. Aquellos con necesidades especiales pueden llamar a la oficina de la biblioteca 920.967.3662 con 24 horas de anticipación a un evento para asegurar que las necesidades específicas  de parqueo, acceso al edificio o acceso a las salas de reunión puedan ser satisfechas.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 7:00pm