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    Myths About America in World War I

    Professor Jennifer Keene talked about myths about America’s involvement in World War I, including the misconceptions that the U.S. was not involved in Europe prior to entering the war, or…

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    1916-17 World War I Peace Talks

    Philip Zelikow talked about his book, The Road Less Traveled: The Secret Battle to End the Great War, 1916-1917. It examines a five-month period during which the United States, the United…

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    World War I Battle of Saint-Mihiel

    C-SPAN visited monuments, villages, and an American cemetery associated with the September 12 to 16, 1918 World War I Battle of Saint-Mihiel, France. Locations included the Montsec American…

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    World War I Battle of Belleau Wood Centennial

    Historian Mitchell Yockelson led a tour of American monuments, battlefields, and a cemetery in northeastern France to commemorate the centennial of several battles in May and June of 1918.…

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    Post-World War I Red Scare

    The immediate post-World War I era was a period in U.S. history marked by violent labor strikes, mass anti-immigration rallies, race riots, and a government crackdown on socialist and other leftist…

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    German World War I Soldiers

    Three reenactors portraying German World War I soldiers discussed their uniforms, equipment, and the difficulties the common soldier faced. They were participants in a living history event…

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    French World War I Soldiers

    Two U.S. Army veterans portrayed French World War I soldiers in a mock trench. Wearing uniforms and gear from the last two years of the conflict, the soldiers discussed the French…

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    National World War I Memorial First Colors Ceremony

    The United States World War I Centennial Commission marked the opening of the National World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C., with a video tribute and flag-raising ceremony to honor the…

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    American Women in World War I France

    During the Spanish-American War, the YMCA initiated a program to recruit women to bring a little bit of home to U.S. troops. In this program from the National World War I Museum in Kansas…

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    World War I Meuse-Argonne Offensive

    Historian Mitchell Yockelson and French battlefield guide Guillaume Moizan visited battlefields, villages, and monuments to tell the story of the forty-seven day Meuse-Argonne offensive,…

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    Daughters of World War I Medal of Honor Recipients

    The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the U.S. government. The first was presented by President Lincoln in 1863. Daughters of World War I Medal of Honor recipients John…

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    The York Patrol

    Military historian James Carl Nelson looked at the efforts of U.S. Army Sergeant Alvin York, who was responsible for seizing German positions in the 1918 Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the last…

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    African American Experience in World Wars I and II

    On July 26,1948, President Harry Truman signed an executive order desegregating the U.S. Armed Forces.  Prior to the order, African Americans suffered various forms of discrimination,…

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    Eugene Bullard, Black American Expatriate and French War Hero

    University of Georgia professor John Morrow, Jr. recounted the life story of Eugene Bullard. Bullard grew up in Georgia but, dissatisfied with the prospects for Black Americans in the Jim Crow…

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    World Wars I and II Firearms

    Firearms expert George Dillman explained the evolution of rifles and carbines used during World Wars I and II. He discussed more than 20 firearms of the era, detailing the manufacturing…

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    Commemorating World War I in America

    In 2013, Congress created the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission. One of its directives was to establish a national World War I memorial in Washington, D.C.  Edwin Fountain, the commission’s…

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    Naval Power and Versailles Peace Conference

    While the victorious Allied Forces met during the Versailles Conference in 1919, the United States and Britain battled behind closed doors over the size of the U.S. Navy. Former Navy…

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    World War I and the Birth of Communism in China

    Military historian Geoff Babb discussed the influence of the United States, Europe; Japan, and Russia in early 20th century China. Babb argued that the Chinese communist movement was…

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    National World War I Museum and Memorial, Part 1

    Matthew Naylor gave a tour of and talked about the National World War I Museum and Memorial, built to preserve the history of what was at the time called “The Great War” and to honor the…

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    How World War I Affected the U.S.

    Historian Garrett Peck talked about his book, The Great War in America: World War I and Its Aftermath. He chronicled how the war impacted Americans as well as societal issues such as Prohibition,…

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