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PEOPLE'S UNIVERSITY: The First World War, Class 5

May 02, 2017

Event starts at 7:00 PM.

Class 5: Wheeling in the Great War


During this class we will focus on how Wheelingites adjusted to the start of the Great War.  Some topics will be how the various immigrant groups showed their patriotism, likewise the effects on the Catholic Diocese, those who opposed the war, the rising anti-German backlash as the war wore on.  We also will focus on the units Wheeling’s young men joined, especially the 80th Division and the 314th Field Artillery. 




Instructor: Dr. Hal Gorby

Dr. Gorby is Teaching Assistant Professor and Director Undergraduate Advising at West Virginia University where he teaches West Virginia and Appalachian History and Immigration/ Ethnic History U.S. Working Class 20th Century U.S. He earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from West Virginia University.






In keeping with the mission of public libraries as sanctuaries of free learning for all people, the Ohio County Public Library created The People’s University, a free program for adults who wish to continue their education in the liberal arts. The People’s University features courses—taught by experts in each subject—that enable patrons to pursue their goal of lifelong learning in classic subjects such as history, philosophy, and literature.


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