"Civil-Military Relations in American History"

Guest Speaker to Address US Civil-Military Relations in HIST 389: The History of the Election of 2020

Monday, October 5, 2020 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Online Location, https://gmu.zoom.us/j/91213843117

DC National Guard troops patrol the Washington Monument, June 2, 2020

In the spring of 2020, at the height of Black Lives Matter protests in the nation's capital, President Trump authorized the re-positioning of active-duty military personnel in the region, and he called up the DC National Guard to police the District's downtown core. These actions, and the president's rhetoric, alarmed administration critics, who argued that they altered the US armed forces' mission and blurred the lines between enemy combatants threatening the nation and American citizens exercising their civil rights.

In his talk on "Civil-Military Relations in American History," Christopher Hamner, Associate Professor in Mason's Department of History & Art History, will contextualize this moment by examining the relationship between the executive branch and the military across time. Prof. Hamner is the author of Enduring Battle: American Soldiers in Three Wars, 1776-1945 and teaches classes on war & American society, American military history, and US civil-military relations.

HIST 389: The History of the Election of 2020, taught by Prof. Meredith Lair, examines the historical contexts and antecedents of major issues in the presidential election. Students have recently examined the design and function of the American electoral process, the history of American suffrage, the African American Freedom Struggle, and the history of policing. Subsequent units will examine immigration, the US Postal Service, #metoo, climate change, and the global pandemic. 

You're Invited! The public is invited to join Prof. Lair's students for Prof. Hamner's talk via Zoom at the link or call-in number below.

HIST 389: The History of the Election of 2020: "Civil-Military Relations in American History"

Monday, October 5, 3:00-4:15 PM EDT

Join Zoom Meeting: 

  • Online: https://gmu.zoom.us/j/91213843117
  • Dial in phone number: 301-715-8592
  • Meeting ID: 912 1384 3117