CANCELED - 986 Summer 2020 Battle of Los Angeles
Tuesday, 9:40–11:05, July 21
Instructor: Jim Lewis
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor shocked and galvanized the nation—but on the west coast, people were reacting with special trepidation. Until sunrise on that terrible Sunday, air attacks by enemy bombers were something that happened only on the other side of the world. Suddenly, the havoc people had seen in newsreels of the London Blitz no longer seemed so abstract. By Tuesday, most people assumed that it was possible—indeed, probable—that an enemy who could rain destruction halfway across the Pacific could reach all the way to the west coast and bomb cities from Seattle to San Diego.
Jim Lewis is a noted Civil War and World War II historian and lecturer, as well as a local Civil War site tour guide. His personal visits to battlefields in Europe and his in-depth research are key sources for his presentations. Lewis’ publications include: The Hunter Mill Road Civil War Self-Guided Tour, Forgotten Roads of the Hunter Mill Corridor, and Sunstroke and Ankle Deep Mud. He has authored more than 20 historical markers and has project-managed numerous dedication events.