Remembering the ‘war to end all wars’
Lincoln Presidential Library looks at
America entering World War I, screens ‘Paths of Glory’
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[March 31, 2017]
– The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will look back
100 years to World War I with two events in April: a presentation on
America’s entry into the “war to end all wars” and a screening of
the classic movie “Paths of Glory.”
President Woodrow Wilson won a second term by promising to keep
America out of World War I, but five months later our troops were
headed for the battlefield. What pushed the country into war?
On April 4, historian Dr. Mark DePue will explain the series of
events, including German submarine attacks, that tipped American
public opinion in favor of war.
DePue, head of the presidential library’s Oral History Program,
developed an extremely popular series of presentations on key Civil
War battles, using maps, photos and the soldiers’ own words to
explain what happened and why. Now he is bringing that same approach
to World War I.
The free event takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s Union
Theater. To reserve a seat, visit www.PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov
and click on “special event reservations.”
A week later, on Tuesday, April 11, the presidential library
presents “Paths of Glory,” directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring
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It tells the story (based on a real incident) of French soldiers who
refused to take part in what was obviously a pointless suicide
mission and were court-martialed by officers more interested in
their own reputations than their soldiers’ welfare.
Admission is free. The movie starts at 6:30 in the library’s
Multi-Purpose Room. Reservations can be made at
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, a division of the Illinois
Historic Preservation Agency, is dedicated to telling the story of America’s
16th president through old-fashioned scholarship and modern showmanship.
The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln books, documents,
photographs, artifacts and art, as well as some 12 million items pertaining to
all aspects of Illinois history. The museum uses traditional exhibits,
eye-catching special effects and innovative story-telling techniques to educate
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