Legacy Lecture

How Marshall Mobilized GI Journalists to Help Win WWII

October 12, 20235:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Marshall Foundation building
340 VMI Parade
Lexington, Virginia 24450

Join us for a lecture by Molly Guptill Manning at the GCMF building in Lexington, Virginia, on Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.


How Marshall Put Journalists to Work

In 1942, Army Chief of Staff George Marshall revitalized the Army’s tradition of unit-based newspapers with the distribution of field kits “brimming with printing gear,” including mimeograph machines, on which the mostly novice journalists cranked out their news sheets. At a time when the press around the world was censored (even American newspapers were corralled by the U.S. government into a voluntary program of “self-regulation”), troop journalists on the Western front counterpunched against Nazi propaganda and kept soldiers well-informed.


How can I attend?

The event is free to the public, but reservations are required. To reserve a seat, or for more information about the event, contact [email protected] or call 540.463.7103, ext. 138.


How can I watch from home?

The presentation will also be livestreamed on the Marshall Foundation YouTube channel (https://bit.ly/2Or0E8D) simultaneously. Viewers of the stream are encouraged to write questions using the live video chat (to the lower right of the video) or via email at [email protected]. Chat will be monitored for abusive comments.


Can I buy a book at the event?

Yes. Copies of her book The War of Words will be available for $25.99 plus VA sales tax. Books will be signed in the library following her lecture.


Who is Molly Guptill Manning?

Molly Guptill Manning is an Associate Professor of Law at New York Law School, where she teaches Legal Practice, Civil Procedure, and Professional Responsibility.