A visitor pauses at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
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An Army veteran and professor of rhetoric explores poetry written by veterans about a divisive holiday born of the Civil War.
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Weather forecasting stopped looking for patterns in the past, and started using numbers to look solidly at the future.
An April 2017 commemoration in Edinburgh for the centenary of the Battle of Arras.
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A 1915 morality play by Vernon Lee makes a powerful critique of jingoist group-think.
The censorship board. George Creel is seated at far right.
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An executive order signed in 1917 created what's been called 'the nation's first ministry of information.' The media are still feeling its impact.
Part of a black cotton cushion cover depicting the Australian coat of arms embroidered by Lance Corporal Alfred Briggs (Albert Biggs), 20 Battalion, AIF.
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Embroidery - often seen as women's work - was a common form of therapy for troops wounded in the first world war. One soldier, Albert Biggs, learned to sew with his left hand after his right arm was badly injured.
Edward Thomas used English to write about the spirit of Wales.
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Poet Edward Thomas took from the traditions of Wales, and the beauty of the land to describe the horrors of war.
Chief John Big Tree, Dark Cloud, Jack Cosgrave, Adda Gleason and Robert Goldstein in The Spirit of ‘76 (1917).
During the war, fear of being undermined by the enemy sparked restrictions on freedom of speech. As a result, thousands of Americans were prosecuted.
The crosses at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in France.
Writings at the time of WWI aimed to construct a religiously diverse and conflicted America into a virtuous, Christian nation. This narrative continued in the cemeteries for the war heroes.
President Woodrow Wilson addressing a joint session of Congress on April 2, 1917, urging a declaration that a state of war exists.
Wilson coined the phrase 'America First' and appealed for 'peace without victory.' But on April 2, 1917 he asked Congress for a declaration of war. The impact on American foreign policy was profound.
The Navy converted to oil from coal a few years before the U.S. entered World War I, helping to solidify petroleum’s strategic status.
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Before World War I, petroleum had few practical uses, but it emerged from the war as a strategic global asset necessary for national stability and security.
Some soldiers’ wounds in WWI were more mental than physical.
George Metcalf Archival Collection
Mental health trauma has always been a part of war. Treatments have come a long way over the last century, but we still don't understand why the responses change for different people and times.
Peace Delegates on the Noordam – Mrs. P. Lawrence, Jane Addams, Anna Molloy.
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A century ago, American women organized to protest World War I. The fact that their efforts failed isn't the most important point.
More than 100 headstones were vandalized at the Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia in Feb. 2017.
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The U.S. saw an increase in anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant sentiments in the period between World War I and World War II. Here's why it matters to know that history today.
Modern high school students are learning two very different approaches to World War I.
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High school students in America learn two very different perspectives on World War I in their U.S. and world history classes. But which of these competing viewpoints should take center stage?
American troops drive French Renault FT tanks to the battle line in the Forest of Argonne, France, September 26, 1918.
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
America's longstanding tradition of isolationism meant that in 1917 U.S. forces needed a lot of support from overseas allies to fight effectively.
Aaron Douglas. "Aspects of Negro Life: From Slavery to Reconstruction." Oil on canvas, 1934. The New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Art and Artifacts Division.
Many associate post-World War I culture with Hemingway and Fitzgerald's Lost Generation. But for black artists, writers and thinkers, the war changed the way they saw their past and their future.
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The Imperial War Museum was founded to do a very different task to that of today.
Visions of the future, from the early 20th century.
Umberto Boccioni: Dynamism of a Cyclist
A transcript from a segment of The Anthill podcast about the futuristic visions of Filippo Marinetti.
Peace on parade.
Combat could be on the cards for the first time in over 70 years.
We know all about World War I's terrible conditions, tactics, tear gas. But what about the teeth?