“Engaged Learning in Times of War and Peace” Library Exhibit on View Through End of October

Nathaniel Williams, U.S. Army Veteran, and Family, c. 1960


What was it like to be a poor child in Depression-era America?  What kind of musical or other radio programming would teens have listened to in the era of World War II? How important were radio broadcasts to the dissemination of news before, during, and after the bombing of Pearl Harbor?  How were draftees treated while serving in a desegregating U.S. army during the Korean War?  Why did so many veterans and other African Americans leave the American South as part of the Great Migration?


During the month of October, an exhibit on the first floor of the Michael Schwartz Library, “Engaged Learning in Times of War and Peace,” invites viewers to consider these and other questions while gaining a better understanding of the life experiences of American veterans of World War II and the Korean War. Beginning with the story of one soldier, Nathaniel Williams (1930-1978), the three-part exhibit includes books, films, audio recordings, and other items from library and private collections.


For more information on related campus and community programs, please visit The Cleveland Chautauqua Blog site at http://rwilliams.csuelearning.org/.


To learn more about the experiences of other veterans, visit “African Americans, Fighting Two Battles” at http://www.loc.gov/vets/stories/ex-war-afam.html.   This online collection is part of the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress.

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