May 28, 2022
The British abdication crisis of 1936 in which King Edward VIII abandoned the throne to marry the American divorcee Wallis Simpson was defined by the dialogue between the King and his prime minister, Stanley Baldwin. Baldwin spoke for the dominant morality of the day which would not tolerate the King marrying Mrs. Simpson and making her Queen. The King could not accept this, creating an impasse between him and the government. Baldwin did not flinch from confrontation but knew that his task was to limit damage and prevent a full-scale public conflict. For weeks, the two men maneuvered around each other until the King bowed to what seemed the inevitable. Only rarely has a major political crisis been shaped overwhelmingly by only two individuals and the choices they made.
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*This program will be held both virtually and streamed live for in-person guests in the Visitor Center Theater at Cantigny Park