Published on: 28 March 2019

UWA lecturer and American History specialist Dr Ethan Blue was a guest at Christ Church this week, speaking to our Year 11 Modern History classes on a range of topics from the 19th and 20th Century.

The visit coincided with the boys’ current exploration of capitalism in the USA during the era of 1907 to 1941.

During his talk, Dr Blue covered a range of issues including how prisoners, particularly those of ethnic minorities, were treated at different times, the persecution of different immigrant groups and the enforcing of the U.S. border.

“This term the boys have been learning about the ‘Roaring 20s’ and Prohibition, the rise of the USA as a world power, World War I, and will soon move onto the ‘Great Depression’ era and the New Deal,” says Humanities and History Teacher, Mr Jack Damon.

“Dr Blue’s talk was very relevant to the political situation currently being witnessed in the U.S., with Donald Trump’s desire to build a wall and deport migrants.”

“The Modern History course at Christ Church enables students to learn about the forces that have shaped today’s world and provides them with a broader and deeper comprehension of the world in which they live.”

“While our focus is on the 20th Century, the course refers back to formative changes from the late 18th century onwards and encourages boys to make connections with the changing world.”

The session was jointly funded by the School’s Humanities Department and Centre for Ethics.