World War I
"Our Best Memorial to the Dead Would be Our Service to the Living"
by Allison S. Finkelstein
An overlooked cohort of American women who served in the first world war worked to establish service, instead of statuary, as a mode of memorialization. Their example offers a path out of the heated politics of commemoration.
SOURCE: Atlas Obscura
The Hidden History of the First Black Women to Serve in the U.S. Navy
The first cohort of Black women to serve in the US Navy were enlisted as reservists to fill shortages in the service's clerical workforce. At the time, the nation's climate of racism forced them to keep a low profile. A researcher compiling a book about the "Golden Fourteen" mined family history to learn about their service.
The "Noble Dead": Warren Harding and the Resting Places of the WWI Fallen
by James D. Robenalt
Just as Americans visit and revere the graves of those in Arlington and other national cemeteries in the United States, it is important to remember that the nation made a solemn compact with the families of those who were lost in the First World War.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’
Sources close to Donald Trump cite multiple instances where the self-sacrifice of military personnel appeared incomprehensible to the President, who, those sources say, has expressed contempt for the military dead.
SOURCE: Washington Post
How Past Crises Changed America’s Public Schools — ‘And so too Will COVID-19’
by Ann Marie Ryan and Charles Tocci
While this certainly feels unprecedented, the history of American public schooling shows us it's not.
SOURCE: Huffington Post
Donald Trump Wants To Fight Coronavirus As A ‘Wartime President.’ He Can’t.
The war metaphor is not only inapt to apply to a viral pandemic, it is dangerous.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Our Fear of Government Power Has Left Us Fighting COVID-19 with Volunteerism
by Elisabeth S. Clemens
Americans have always relied on the private sector in times of war and disaster.
SOURCE: NY Times
‘1917’ Turns a Horrific War Into an Uplifting Hero’s Journey
by Cathy Tempelsman
World War I was a disaster, but Sam Mendes’s Oscar-nominated epic paints a dangerously misleading picture of the conflict.
SOURCE: NY Times
The Forgotten Story of Christmas 1918
by Mary Elisabeth Cox
We remember the 1914 Christmas Truce as a moment of humanity amid war. Four years later, a darker tale unfolded.
SOURCE: NY Times
The Forgotten Origins of Paid Family Leave
by Mona L. Siegel
In 1919, activists from around the world pressed governments to adopt policies to help working mothers.
The World War I Battle That Didn't End with Armistice Day: Hunger
by William Lambers
Even after the Armistice of November 11, 1918 ending World War One, American soldiers were carrying out heroic missions. Lieutenant Orville C. Bell and officers in the American Relief Administration saved civilians in Montenegro from starvation.
The First World War through a camera lens: from the soldier’s snapshot to the memorial photograph
by Caroline Scott
While professional lenses had captured scenes from the Crimean and the American Civil War, this was the first time that large numbers of serving men took cameras into the frontlines and made a visual record of their own experiences.
SOURCE: New York Times
September 30, 2019
The Forgotten History of America’s Worst Racial Massacre
by Nan Elizabeth Woodruff
Hundreds of black citizens were killed in Elaine, Arkansas, a century ago this week.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
September 9, 2019
In the Army’s new museum, the soldiers look alive and the battle scenes are all too real
by Michael E. Ruane
The U.S. Army's $400 million flagship museum at Fort Belvoir is set to open next spring.
SOURCE: The New York Times Magazine
The Army’s Message to Returning World War I Troops? Behave Yourselves
The Army didn’t want the flood of veterans returning home to become a disruptive presence or a financial burden on society.
SOURCE: History Channel
Why Kaiser Wilhelm Was Never Tried for Starting World War I
Under the Treaty of Versailles, the German emperor was supposed to be tried as a war criminal. Why wasn't he?
SOURCE: Gresham College
Upcoming Event: The Treaty of Versailles: A Hundred Years Later
On Tuesday, June 4, Professor Margaret MacMillan will put the treaty in perspective, one hundred years later.
SOURCE: Wall Street Journal
A World War I Documentary Becomes ‘Event Cinema’
‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ breaks box-office records
The Revolt in the Trenches: WWI, Revolution, and Bulgaria
by Jana Tsoneva
One year after the Bolsheviks ended Russia’s participation in World War I, revolutionary soldiers in Bulgaria forced their government to do the same.
What Was on the Minds of the Big Three at Potsdam?
by Michael S. Neiberg
It wasn't the looming Cold War. It was the way World War I had ended. Call that the power of analogies from history.
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