1919 The Year That Changed America

Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Time: 11:45am - 1:00pm
Location: Via Zoom
Speaker: Marty Sandler, National Book Award and 5-Time Emmy Award Winner, and Pulitzer Prize Nominee

1919 The Year That Changed America

By Martin W. Sandler

WINNER OF THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

1919 was a world-shaking year. America was recovering from World War I and black soldiers returned to racism so violent that that summer would become known as the Red Summer. The suffrage movement had a long-fought win when women gained the right to vote. Laborers took to the streets to protest working conditions; nationalistic fervor led to a communism scare; and temperance gained such traction that prohibition went into effect. Each of these movements reached a tipping point that year.

Now, one hundred years later, these same social issues are more relevant than ever. Sandler traces the momentum and setbacks of these movements through this last century, showing that progress isn't always a straight line and offering a unique lens through which we can understand history and the change many still seek.

Martin W. Sandler is the author of Imprisoned, Lincoln Through the Lens, The Dust Bowl Through the Lens, and Kennedy Through the Lens. He has won five Emmy Awards for his writing for television and is the author of more than sixty books, two of which have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2019 Martin was winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, one of the highest writing awards in the US.

Among Sandler's other books are the six volumes in his award-winning Library of Congress American History Series for Young People, a series which has sold more than 500,000 copies. Other books by Mr. Sandler include: Island of Hope: The Story of Ellis Island, Trapped in Ice, The Story of American Photography, The Vaqueros, America: A Celebration, and This Was America.

Mr. Sandler has taught American history and American studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and at Smith College, and lives in Cotuit.

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