New Hampshire

V for Victory: How WWII Shaped American Culture

Learn how the events and aftermath of World War II shaped our culture by first delving deep into the history and then by studying the films and music that were created after the war.
Program No. 23753RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

The years of 1939-1945 were some of the most tumultuous in history. After World War II ended few could fathom how it would affect America, and one of the more surprising shifts was its impact of our culture. With renowned war historian Paul Vincent, delve deep into the history of WWII as your foundation for further learning. Then, discover how this history weaved its way into film while studying how Hollywood presented the Holocaust during the war, films of the Third Reich and films of the Weimar Period with Larry Benaquist. Finally, cap your adventure with lessons on the evolution of music from wartime to rock and roll alongside expert Nanette Perrotte to round out your exploration of how WWII impacted the American way of life.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about Third Reich propaganda films and what strategies they used to spread their message.
  • Enjoy a concert with Nanette Perrotte featuring music that evolved from the end of WWII into the 1950s.
  • Study the events of Pearl Harbor with expert Paul Vincent, former chair of the Holocaust and genocide studies program at Keene State College.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room.

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