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America and the Great War: 1914 - 1920

America and the Great War: 1914 - 1920

D. Clayton James, Anne Sharp Wells

ISBN: 978-1-118-82293-7

Sep 2014, Wiley-Blackwell

120 pages



In America and the Great War, 1914-1920, the accomplished writing team of D. Clayton James and Anne Sharp Wells provides a succinct account of the principal military, political, and social developments in United States History as the nation responded to, and was changed by, a world in crisis.

A forthright examination of America's unprecedented military commitment and actions abroad, America and the Great War includes insights into the personalities of key Allied officers and civilian leaders as well as the evolution of the new American "citizen soldier." Full coverage is given to President Wilson's beleaguered second term, the experience of Americans-including women, minorities, and recent arrivals-on the home front, and the lasting changes left in the Great War's wake.

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Foreword V

Acknowledgments IX

Chapter One: The Tangled paths to Horror in Europe 1

Bloodbaths But No Decision 6

A Time of many Excitements 15

America Enters the War 23

Chapter Two: Over There 28

In Come the Yanks 29

Emergence of the Citizen-Soldier 48

Chapter Three: Nineteen Months of Progress on the Home Front 59

Agencies of War 60

Life on the Home Front 65

Progressivism and Politics 75

Chapter Four: The Final Wilson Years 79

Retreat from Global Responsibility 81

End of an Era 90

Photographs and Illustrations follow page 70

Maps: Western Front: German End-the-War Offensives, March-July, 1918 41

Western Front: Allied Offensive, September-November, 1918 45

Bibliographical Essay 99

Index 113

"Each chapter is written in a crisp and clear manner and is full of interesting detail. The major strengths of this book are the authors' treatment of aspects of the war that normally do not garner much attention." (The History Teacher, May 2000)