To historians and trivia lovers May 7, 1915 is the day a German U-Boat torpedoed the Lusitania, a British luxury liner. To Millicent Fenwick it was the day she lost her mother. Mary Hammond was among the nearly 1,200 passengers and crew killed, including 128 Americans. While the sinking of the Lusitania had worldwide reverberations it altered the life of 5-year-old Millicent. During this presentation, Amy Schapiro, author of Millicent Fenwick: Her Way will tell the dramatic story of the Lusitania’s final voyage and why Millicent Fenwick’s parents were making the trans-Atlantic journey. Click on this link to view a short video clip of Amy Schapiro's talk at the Library of Congress, in Washington DC, where she currently resides.
Amy Schapiro is the author of Millicent Fenwick: Her Way, a biography of the New Jersey congresswoman best remembered as the pipe-smoking grandmother who served as the model for Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" character Lacey Davenport and was dubbed the “Conscience of Congress” by Walter Cronkite. Schapiro has appeared on C-Span/BookTV, NPR, WOR, and WABC.