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The Backwash of War: Ellen N. La Motte and Her Explosive Lost Classic

Boldly capturing World War I’s devastation, writer and suffragist Ellen N. La Motte penned her controversial book, The Backwash of War, about her experiences as a nurse on the Western Front. Modeling a new and influential style of war writing, her biting prose was banned in England and France upon its publication in 1916, and later censored in the U.S. by the book’s publisher upon the postmaster’s urging. Join professor Cynthia Wachtell for a discussion on the contentious text and incredible story of its author based upon Wachtell’s book The Backwash of War: An Extraordinary American Nurse in World War I. Book sales available before and after lecture with author signing. Presented in partnership with the National Archives at Kansas City and the UMKC Women’s Center. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium