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Donald L. Miller, John Henry MacCracken Professor of History, Lafayette College


World War II is perhaps the greatest story—as well as the greatest catastrophe—in recorded history. It is also a war that changed the world. This course deals with three questions: Why was it fought? How was it fought? And how did it shape the world we live in. It treats the epic story of the war from the American perspective and through the recorded experiences of those at the face of battle: soldiers, sailors, airmen, nurses, doctors, and reporters as well as civilians caught in its ruin and agony. Special attention is given to “the war within the war,” the Allied effort to defeat Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan with bombing of unprecedented fury and destruction.


Readings are sent by the Institute to seminar participants.

Travel & Accommodations

The National World War II Museum is located in New Orleans, Louisiana, approximately 15 miles from Louis Armstrong International Airport, and is easily reached by taxi, car, or shuttle.

Workshop participants will be housed in a nearby hotel and will share rooms with other participants. Participants should bring laptops.


Meals will be served in a space shared by other programs. All on-campus meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Travel Reimbursement

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the seminar. Each seminar participant will receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to $400. Please read our complete travel reimbursement policy before applying.

Graduate Credit

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State University to offer three hours of graduate credit in American history to participating seminar teachers. For more information, please click here.


Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.

July 27th, 2014 5:00 PM   through   August 2nd, 2014 5:00 PM
Historic New Orleans Collection
522 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA
United States

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Seminar Fee
Attending $50.00
Not Attending $0.00

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