World War I: Was American Involvement a Good Idea?

  • August 18, 2013 · 1:30 PM
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In the last six months, we have covered more than a half century of American history, from the pre-Civil War era to the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. What an exciting journey! We’ll continue discussing American history in chronological order, and this take us logically into the First World War.

The United States entered World War I in order to save the world for democracy--at least that’s what President Woodrow Wilson said. He also said that it was “the war to end all wars”.

Well, we know now that the goal of “ending all wars” was not achieved. What went wrong? Was it ever possible to achieve this goal? Did President Wilson actually believe it when he said it? And was America’s involvement in this European war a wise policy decision?

Let’s have a respectful debate over these issues.

You know the rules by now: Stay on topic, and please…let only one person speak at a time. Remember that if somebody has ideas that differ from yours, it does not mean that he/she is a bad person. Last but not least: Since consuming calories helps the brain function, please bring some snack or beverage to share with your fellow intellectuals!

To cover the cost of running the meetup, a donation of $2 is respectfully requested.

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  • jackie g.

    as always, it was a lively discussion. I learned a couple of things about WWI that I never knew before

    August 19, 2013

    • laura g b.

      It was nice to have you here, Jackie. We need more bright women to balance out all the guys that come ;-)

      August 20, 2013

  • Richard A. P.

    My first time at this discussion group and I enjoyed the interaction between the participants. There were a few things new I learned leading up to WWI, and the consensus I believe was that the U.S. could have stayed out of the war. I look forward to the next meeting in September.

    August 19, 2013

  • Chelle

    sorry. Really wanted to be there but woke up not feeling well. Gonna be a hermit today and hope it blows over

    August 18, 2013

  • David

    Sorry I can't make it today.

    August 18, 2013

  • Peggy C.

    This is a fabulous topic that will be fun and fascinating to explore, and I was looking forward to a lively discussion. Hate to miss; have to be there for my Mom who is having surgery today. Looking forward to next time!

    August 18, 2013

  • Elan

    The Teaching Co. course on WW1 was excellent, and really helped me understand this subject, I highly recommend it!

    August 17, 2013

  • Pat M.

    sorry I can't attend this discussion as I'll be out of town for the weekend - looking forward to the next one

    August 15, 2013

  • Lawrence Y.

    Can't make it this month. Have fun; see everyone next time!

    August 14, 2013

  • Richard A. P.

    Look forward to participating and sharing.

    August 11, 2013

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