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Lecture: The U.S. in WWI

Sunday, March 26th, 2017


  • Neutrality?
  • The Road to War
  • U.S. Military Participation
  • The End of the War
  • The American Home Front
  • Demobilization

Here’s the U.S. in WWI Lecture

Lecture: The Debate over the League of Nations

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Here is my Power Point on Wilson’s failed effort to push the Treaty through the Senate (based largely on Arthur Link’s assessment)

WWI and America’s Rise as a Superpower

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

America’s rise to superpower status began with its 1917 entry into World War I. President Woodrow Wilson had grand visions for the peace that followed, but failed. The battle he started in the US between idealists and realists continues to this day.

Der Spiegel explores WWI and America’s Rise as a Superpower

10 interpretations of who started WWI

Friday, July 25th, 2014

This BBC post offers 10 insights from 10 reputable historians into the causes of WWI.

During World War I, Germany Unleashed ‘Terrorist Cell In America’

Friday, May 30th, 2014

In the early years of World War I, as many as 1,000 American horses per day were shipped off to Europe to assist in the Allied war effort, even though the United States was officially neutral. Those horses became the target of germ warfare, infected with anthrax cultures on American soil; at the same time, mysterious explosions were rocking U.S. munitions factories, and fires were breaking out on ships headed to Europe.

Journalist Howard Blum says this was all part of an aggressive campaign of spying and sabotage the German government unleashed on the United States soon after war broke out in Europe. Blum’s book, Dark Invasion, is about the campaign and the effort of American law enforcement to crack what Blum calls “the first terrorist cell in America.” It’s filled with fascinating characters, from the duplicitous German ambassador who held the title of Count, to Capt. Franz von Rintelen, who plotted destruction while living at the Yacht Club in New York, to the NYPD bomb squad detective who in effect formed an anti-terrorist squad to try to find the saboteurs. Interesting

Fresh Air Interview

10 interpretations of who started WWI

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

As nations gear up to mark 100 years since the start of World War One, academic argument still rages over which country was to blame for the conflict.

Here 10 leading historians give their opinion

From The Trenches To The Web: British WWI Diaries Digitized

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Most of this trove consists of official diaries, recording the day-to-day activities of British army units in the first world war. The scale of death is huge. Nearly a million British soldiers died in the war, half of them on the Western front in France and Belgium.

The Disturbing Relevance of World War I

Monday, January 20th, 2014

It has now been 100 years since the outbreak of World War I, but the European catastrophe remains relevant today. As the Continent looks back this year, old wounds could once again be rubbed raw. (from Der Speigel)

PDF Version of the article

Reading resposne questions

WWI Maps

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Graphic: States and mandates formed out of the ruins of World War I.

NPR Fresh Air Interview: Woodrow Wilson Brought New Executive Style To The White House

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Woodrow Wilson, America’s 28th president, left the White House in 1921 after serving two terms. But today he remains a divisive figure.

He’s associated with a progressive income tax and the creation of the Federal Reserve. During his re-election bid, he campaigned on his efforts to keep us out of World War I, but in his second term, he led the country into that war, saying the U.S. had to make the world safe for democracy. The move ended America’s isolationism and ushered in a new era of American military and foreign policy.

A. Scott Berg is the first scholar to have access to two sets of Wilson-related papers: hundreds of the president’s personal letters; and the papers of his doctor and close friend, Cary Grayson. Berg’s new book, Wilson, uses those papers to fill in missing pieces of the president’s life.

He joins Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross to discuss how Wilson changed the role of president, and his groundbreaking decision to enter World War I.