British Council

Monday 01 June 2015 06:30 pm
US Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Washington, DC

The US and Isolationism

The BBC and the British Council invite you to a free public debate at the US Library of Congress in Washington to discuss the impact and legacy of the First World War on Monday, June 1 2015, from 6:30pm - 9pm.

The RMS Lusitania set sail from New York on her voyage to Liverpool on May 1, 1915, carrying almost 2,000 people. She never arrived. Just 11 miles off the coast of Ireland, she was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat, causing the deaths of everyone on board, including 128 Americans.

The sinking of this ship was a turning point in US public and political opinion. The US entered the war in Europe two years later, in 1917, after President Woodrow Wilson overcame resistance and mobilized two million Americans to fight.

So how did the First World War change America’s place in the world? And what did this demonstration of US power do to the debate about the US’s role in world affairs?

For this special free public debate, the BBC’s Jonathan Dimbleby will be joined by expert historians Professor Jennifer Keene and Professor Ross Kennedy and a public audience to explore the legacy of the First World War and US isolationism.

Senior editor at The Atlantic and chairman of the UK think tank Policy Exchange, David Frum, will present a specially-commissioned essay. 

You must register to attend this event.

To register, email us with your name and a contact number at ww1@britishcouncil.org. Attendance is free of charge.


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