WWI Centennial Commemoration Panel
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
PPHM Hazelwood Room
6:00-8:00 PM CST
Host: Dr. Jean Stuntz, Ph.D., Professor of History
Panel Title:One Final Heave: The Allied Victory of 1918.
Marty Kuhlman, Ph.D., Professor of History
“‘Hellfighers’ from Harlem: World War One and the Emergence of the ‘New Negro.’”
Despite serving in the segregated American army, African-American soldiers won respect and admiration on the field of battle and ignited a revolution upon returning home.
Byron Pearson, Ph.D., Professor of History
“The Horror of the Leviathan: My Grandfather’s Harrowing Journey to the Meuse Argonne.”
Through the eyes of Pfc. Carl Frank Carden, you will learn of the logistical nightmares and hazards hundreds of thousands of young Americans faced before they reached the fighting on the western front in autumn of 1918.
Bruce Brasington, Ph.D, Professor of History
“Valor, Flu, and Mud: The Western Front from July to November 1918.”
Optimism generated by a successful allied counterattack in the north was tempered by the influenza pandemic, and the AEF’s failure to break through during the Meuse Argonne offensive. Yet the Central Powers finally collapsed and signed the armistice that ended WWI and planted the seeds for a second, even more destructive conflict.