Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "Uncivilized Barbarity: Maritime Events Leading the United States Into WWI"

This talk by Jim Bloom will chronicle the entry of the United States into WWI, the 100th anniversary of which is April 6th, 2017. President Woodrow Wilson, elected on a platform of pacifism and neutrality, found his hand forced by a series of savage and unchivalrous maritime events in 1915-1917 that compelled him to reverse his stance and seek a declaration of war against Germany.