In America and the Great War, 1914-1920, the accomplished writing team of D. Clayton James and Anne Sharp Wells provides a succinct account of the principal military, political, and social developments in United States History as the nation responded to, and was changed by, a world in crisis. A forthright examination of America's unprecedented military commitment and actions abroad, America and the Great War includes insights into the personalities of key Allied officers and civilian leaders as well as the evolution of the new American "citizen soldier." Full coverage is given to President Wilson's beleaguered second term, the experience of Americans-including women, minorities, and recent arrivals-on the home front, and the lasting changes left in the Great War's wake.
D. Clayton James has held five distinguished professorships, most recently at the Virginia Military Institute. A Fellow of the Society of American Historians, he has written nine books, notably The Years of MacArthur (in three volumes).
Anne Sharp Wells has served on the faculties of Mississippi State University and the Virginia Military Institute. She has coauthored four books with Professor James, including From Pearl Harbor to V-J Day: The American Armed Forces in World War II.
Chapter One: The Tangled paths to Horror in Europe 1
Bloodbaths But No Decision 6
A Time of many Excitements 15
America Enters the War 23
Chapter Two: Over There 28
In Come the Yanks 29
Emergence of the Citizen-Soldier 48
Chapter Three: Nineteen Months of Progress on the Home Front 59
Agencies of War 60
Life on the Home Front 65
Progressivism and Politics 75
Chapter Four: The Final Wilson Years 79
Retreat from Global Responsibility 81
End of an Era 90
Photographs and Illustrations follow page 70
Maps: Western Front: German End-the-War Offensives, March-July, 1918 41
Western Front: Allied Offensive, September-November, 1918 45
Bibliographical Essay 99