Thursday, February 28, 2013

World War I Aftermath

Memorial to the 107th US Infantry, located at 67th Street and 5th Avenue, New York City

World War I permanently transformed the political, social and economic development of Europe as well as other parts of the world. The United States joined the war relatively late in 1917. In what ways did the war and the aftermath of the war permanently transform life within the United States?

Monday, February 25, 2013

World War I

Suffragist with "Kaiser Wilson" Poster. National Archives.
Painting of African-American soldiers fighting German soldiers during World War I. NEH. Click here for a larger image.

Members of the women's suffrage movement initially opposed President Wilson's decision to enter the war in Europe, citing the disenfranchisement of female citizens at home. African-American soldiers served in a segregated army and many returned home questioning the value of fighting for "freedom" in Europe while facing discrimination, disenfranchisement and lynching at home. How did President Wilson's plans to make the world "safe for democracy" contrast with conditions within the United States during World War I?