The United States in World War I

A story about the formation of the American Expeditionary Forces and their role in bringing about the end of World War I.

Thursday, April 6, 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of the U. S. entering World War I. At the outbreak of the war in 1914, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson endeavored to maintain a policy of non-intervention. However, in January of 1917, German submarines sank seven U. S. merchant ships. The President called for war against Germany and Congress declared it on April 6, 1917. Mobilizing an Army that would ultimately encompass 2.8 million soldiers was no easy task, and this book details what the war was like for the men of the 79th Division - men drafted into service from Baltimore, Washington, and Philadelphia. In 2018 the Oak Lawn Public Library will host a traveling exhibit from the National Archives about the American experience in the conflict. This book is a detailed, stark look at what it was like for American soldiers sent overseas to fight on foreign soil, and about the 79th Division's role in the final bloody months of the war. Read this book if you are interested in learning about what it took for the U.S. to muster an army to fight in WWI, and get a jump on next year's Local History exhibit.

Click here to find the book in the library's online catalog.

Created by Jan Schaller on Jun 1st, 2017 @ 5:52 PM.
Updated on Jun 19th, 2017 @ 12:23 PM.