Abernethy Laurels to Recognize Pearl Harbor 80th Anniversary with History Presentation

December 3, 2021

Abernethy Laurels invites the public to hear historian Carl Shatley speak about the event which plunged the United States into World War II, Pearl Harbor, on Tuesday, December 7 at 2pm on the campus of Abernethy Laurels.

Pearl Harbor is known as the United States Navy’s greatest disaster. The sneak attack – a national shock wave – banded the citizens together as few other acts could have done. It catapulted the expression “Remember Pearl Harbor” into a war rallying cry. History will long remember what happened at Pearl Harbor during the one hour and fifteen minute attack. As an American historian wrote, FDR’s speech was over in six minutes and Congress voted for war in less than hour, but the real job was done in the first ten seconds. “Infamy” was the note that struck home – and all of America was welded into one united people.

Shatley, historian and presenter, will examine every facet of the surprise attack and why it happened - including intelligence gathering by both sides, code breaking, preparation, diplomacy, the actual attack and its aftermath and ultimately why the day lives on in infamy 80 years after the attack.

Shatley is an accomplished educator, lecturer, and artist who holds a Master of Arts degree in History from Duke University and Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from Greensboro College. He also studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Guilford Technical Community College.

To learn more about the presentation or to make a reservation to attend, call 828.465.8552. Guests will need to wear a mask and should follow all COVID-19 safety practices in place.