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ISBN 9780582356207
Published September 3, 2000 by Routledge
166 Pages

 
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 The First World War was a pivotal event in world history, but Americans often overlook the importance of their participation in the war. The United States and the First World War provides a concise, comprehensive and engaging evaluation of the war's significance in American history by examining the causes of the war, mobilization on the homefront, key social reforms enacted during the war, military strategy, the experiences of soldiers, the Versailles Peace Treaty, and the lessons Americans drew in the postwar years from their wartime experiences. Was the First World War a just war for the United States? This lively and interesting guide, full of maps and key primary source documents gives students the resources they need to grapple with this important question, and also to analyze how the war changed millions of American lives.

Table of Contents

An Introduction to the Series VII
Note on Referencing System Vlll
Author's Acknowledgements ix
Publisher's Acknowledgements IX
List of Abbreviations X
List of Maps XI
INTRODUCTION 1
PART ONE: ORIGINS OF THE WAR 5
1. WAS THE WAR INEVITABLE? 7
War in Europe, 1914 7
Woodrow Wilson: at Home and in Mexico 9
Neutral in Word and Deed, then War 12
Fourteen Points and the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk:
Just versus Unjust Peace 18
PART TWO: THE HOMEFRONT 21
2. MOBILIZATION: NEW POWERS FOR THE GOVERNMENT 23
Bargains among the State, Capital, and Labor 23
Drafting an Army 28
Paying for the War 32
Propaganda and Civil Liberties 33
3. SOCIAL CHANGES AT HOME: PROGRESSIVISM RUNS
ITS COURSE
Prohibition
Female Suffrage
African-American Migration
The First Red Scare and Immigration Restrictions
PART THREE: OVERSEAS 51
4. FIGHTING THE WAR 53
Leadership and Strategy .54
The American Soldier Experience 60
Intervention in North Russia and Siberia 6.5
5. PEACE 69
The Paris Peace Settlement 70
The Lost Generation, the Bonus March and the GI Bill 77
Evoking the War: Remembrance and Lessons Learned 80
PART FOUR: ASSESSMENT 83
6. THE MEANING OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR
FOR THE UNITED STATES 85
PART FIVE: DOCUMENTS 89
Chronology 113
Glossary 118
Who's Who 121
Bibliography 124
Index

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Biography

Jennifer D. Keene