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Monday, March 5, 2012

Unit 15, Part 1-World War I- Study Resources

Chapter 30 focuses on America and its involvement with World War I.  Known at the time as the Great War, it was considered a war to end all wars.  We know that to not be true.  Still, American policies at home during this period are quite interesting, and lead to some interesting effects in the 1920s.  Additionally, one cannot overlook military policies regarding segregation.  This period was one of many social contradictions.

Chapter 30 Resources
Class Presentation: World War I Presentation

World War I - Over There - Newsreel clips provide a visual record of mobilization of the American Expeditionary Force and American public for World War I.  The videos are set to the contemporary rallying song, Over There, as sung by Billy Murray.

World War I firsts - History Channel - WWI may have been the war to end all wars, but it was also the beginning of many military and civilian technologies.

Trench Warfare - History Channel - Although best known for its role in the long slog of World War I, trench warfare actually got its start on the battlefields of the American Civil War. Find out how new weapons and technology played a part in both its development and destruction.

Audio File - General Pershing Rallies Americans to Support World War I - History Channel - In a speech recorded from the battlefield in France on April 4, 1918, Gen. John J. "Black Jack" Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I, rallies American support with a patriotic message.

The video below is the newsreel covering the Armistice, signed November 11, 1918-on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, in the 11th month.  The end of the war is covered in depth, utilizing actual film footage from the era.

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