Category World War II

Cover of Persevere, Lasare, Clarion

Silence in History: Bethel’s War Historiography?

I’ve spent much of the day writing the first of a three part series on the Baptist General Conference’s response to the Vietnam War. Before the first part of that series debuts on the blog sometime this weekend, I wanted to pause and reflect on something Chris and I noticed at the outset of this […]

Cartoon of a G.I. reading the Bethel student newspaper, The Clarion

The G.I. Bill Turns 70

Seventy years ago this past Sunday, Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Servicemen’s Adjustment Act of 1944. While World War II still had over ten months to go in Europe, and over a year in the Pacific, the so-called “G.I. Bill” made possible dramatic changes in postwar America. Pres. Barack Obama summarized them […]

Gateway from the old Memorial Stadium, now part of the McNamara Alumni Center

A Bethel War Memorial?

In the last two years I’ve developed an interest in the history of war commemoration, writing about it from time to time at my personal blog and even keeping — very irregularly — a photoblog on the subject. So as I’ve started to research how Bethel and other colleges and universities here in the Twin Cities experienced […]

Somme American Cemetery in Bony, France

Introductions: World War I and World War II

While this project is a collaboration with Fletcher — indeed, it’s probably the most collaborative research project I’ve ever attempted — we’ll each take primary responsibility for two of the four wars in Bethel’s past century of warfare. Fletcher will handle the more recent history, focusing on the Vietnam War and the War on Terror. Which leaves me with […]

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Welcome to “Bethel at War”

The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, one of the most devastating events in human history. Much less famously, 1914 was also the year that the Swedish Baptist Theological Seminary moved from Chicago, Illinois to St. Paul, Minnesota, where it merged with — and took the name of — a Christian […]