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The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: A Story of Love and War

While the story of the Yalta Conference is a history we think we know so well, newly available sources have challenged our preconceptions about this week in February 1945, as the future teetered on the precipice between World War and Cold War. Examining Yalta through the eyes of three young women—Sarah Churchill, Anna Roosevelt, and Kathleen Harriman—Catherine Grace Katz reveals the personal forces that shaped this historic summit and illuminates the profound importance of the relationships between these women and their famous fathers that helped to shape the 20th Century.

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Friday
Feb. 26, 2021
4:00pm – 5:30pm ET

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Zoom Webinar

The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: A Story of Love and War

While the story of the Yalta Conference is a history we think we know so well, newly available sources have challenged our preconceptions about this week in February 1945, as the future teetered on the precipice between World War and Cold War.  Examining Yalta through the eyes of three young women—Sarah Churchill, Anna Roosevelt, and Kathleen Harriman—Catherine Grace Katz reveals the personal forces that shaped this historic summit and illuminates the profound importance of the relationships between these women and their famous fathers that helped to shape the 20th Century.

Catherine Grace Katz is a writer and historian from Chicago.  She graduated from Harvard in 2013 with a BA in History and received her MPhil in Modern European History from Christ’s College, University of Cambridge in 2014, where she wrote her dissertation on the origins of modern counterintelligence practices under the supervision of Professor David Reynolds.  After graduating, Catherine worked in finance in New York City before returning to history and writing.  She is currently pursuing her JD at Harvard Law School.  The Daughters of Yalta is her first book.

The Washington History Seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University and the National History Center) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is organized jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Woodrow Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year. The seminar thanks its anonymous individual donors and institutional partners (the George Washington University History Department and the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest) for their continued support.


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History and Public Policy Program

The History and Public Policy Program strives to make public the primary source record of 20th and 21st century international history from repositories around the world, to facilitate scholarship based on those records, and to use these materials to provide context for classroom, public, and policy debates on global affairs.  Read more

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