The Community Library Livestream
Aug 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Churchill, Race and Empire: Fact and Fiction @ The Community Library Livestream
6:00 pm
Join The Community Library for this VIRTUAL program. More than a half-century after his death and eighty years since his “finest hour”, Winston Churchill remains an icon of modern times, admired for his determination and resilience leading Britain and the free world in the greatest conflict the world has ever seen. Churchill created history but also chronicled it, believing it would be kind to him. He carefully laid the groundwork for the Churchill legend, most notably in his Nobel prize-winning history of the second world war, in which he played the leading role. To Churchill, “the longer you can look back, the farther you can look forward.” Steeped as he was in the past, Churchill would not have been surprised that future generations might interpret his role in history in different and challenging ways. Today, he is accused of transgressions from suppressing workers in England and revolutionaries in Ireland to neglecting or even causing a sweeping famine in India. His views on race and empire, often expressed in moments of passion recorded by his contemporaries, are used to condemn him a racist and white supremacist. By the definition of some, he is no longer worthy of commemoration and the recent ...

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