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When Dr. Shannon Fogg, professor of history and political science, received a text from her daughter asking questions about the Vichy Regime for a school assignment, the professor was taken back by her daughter not knowing what she does as an educator. The exchange was amusing to Fogg and she shared the conversation on Twitter. It went viral, receiving over 85,000 reactions and 4,000 retweets.
In the text exchange, Fogg even surprises her daughter by informing her of a book titled “The Politics of Everyday Life in Vichy France: Foreigners, Undesireables, and Strangers,” that Fogg not only wrote but dedicated to her daughter.
Fogg has devoted much of her career to researching the Vichy Regime, written several books, teaches a course on France and World War II, and is featured in a recent podcast on HistoryExtra.