Library to hold reading program on America, World War II


Ascension Parish Library hosts a six-week series of readings and discussions about World War II as a national and personal experience for Americans and their adversaries.  The program, I’ll Be Seeing You … America and World War II, is being offered as part of the Readings in Literature and Culture (RELIC) series sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH).

I’ll Be Seeing You … America and World War II meets each Tuesday starting March 25 and concluding on Tuesday, April 29, from 6-8 PM, at the library’s Gonzales location, 708 S. Irma Boulevard.  Readers, who are interested in committing to the program, must register in advance, either in person or by calling the library at 647-3955.  Every reader receives a set of program books to check out, so they must have a current library card or apply for one.  Registration is limited and begins Monday, February 24.

Dr. Charles Elliott, Assistant Director of Southeast Louisiana Studies at Southeastern Louisiana University, leads six sessions with open discussions supported by several texts: Incredible Victory:  The Battle of Midway by Walter Lord; Guadalcanal Diary by Richard Tregaskis; Japan at War:  An Oral History by Haruko Taya Cook; The Mighty Eighth: The Air War in Europe as Told by the Men Who Fought It by Gerald Astor; D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II by Stephen Ambrose; Voices from the Third Reich: An Oral History by Johannes Steinhoff; and Double Victory: A Multicultural History of America in World War II by Ronald Takaki.  

I’ll Be Seeing You … offers readers a glimpse into the nature of the war as Americans fought it on the high seas of the Pacific and in the plains of Europe, including the perspective of America’s principal opponents – Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.   “The largest war ever fought on the planet shaped the course of world history, and especially the direction of our nation.  While World War II from the American perspective is always going to be viewed as a just and victorious war, we have an obligation to reexamine assumptions and evidence about what shaped the war’s outcome and how war fighting related to American values and human behavior.  The program’s readings will provide for many opportunities to explore these issues and appreciate the experience of war,” observed Jim Segreto, Director of RELIC Library Programs for LEH.