Richard F. Welch book Long Island’s Gold Coast Elite and The Great War (History Press, 2021) looks at how Long Island’s leading North Shore families supported the Allies at the outbreak of war in Europe in 1914. Welch considers the Morgan bankers, movie producers, society glitterati, government officials, politically connected lawyers, and a former U.S. president who arranged massive loans and supplies for the Allies, while agitating for militarization and intervention.
This undercut the Wilson Administration’s official policy of neutrality and led the United States on a course, which led us inexorably to war with Germany in 1917.
The Nassau County Historical Society and the Jericho Public Library will host a free talk on the book by Welch, on Sunday June 5, 2022.
This program will begin at 2 pm, and will be held in person at the Jericho Library, and via Zoom. To register for the webinar, click here. The in-person program does not require registration. The Jericho Library is located at 1 Merry Lane, in Jericho. Refreshments and a book signing will follow the program at the library.
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