Bristow, Nancy K. Making the Men Moral: Social Engineering During the Great War. New York and London: New York University Press, 1996. Bristow brings to life a pivotal era in U.S. history, revealing the complex relationship between the nation’s competing cultures, progressive reform efforts, and the Great War.
Barry, John. The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History. New York: Viking Press, 2004. This is a story of triumph amid tragedy, which provides offers a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon.
Chambers, John Whiteclay. To Raise an Army: The Draft Comes to Modern America. New York: The Free Press, 1987. Filled with facts, Chambers’s thorough history of the draft highlights the struggle over modernization in the American military.
Dawley, Alan. Changing the World: American Progressives in War and Revolution. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003. Dawley shows how progressives laid the foundation for progressive internationalism in their efforts to improve the world both at home and abroad
Freeberg, Ernest. Democracy’s Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2008. Debs had several careers as a labor organizer, Socialist leader, and principled opponent of the war. His prosecution revealed the extent to which the Wilson administration went in stifling peaceful dissent.
Jaspin, Elliot. Buried in the Bitter Waters: The Hidden History of Racial Cleansing in America. New York: Basic Books, 2007. Jaspin exposes a deeply shameful chapter in the nation’s history—and one that continues to shape the geography of race in America.
Keith, Jeanette. Rich Man’s War, Poor Man’s Fight: Race, Class and Power in the Rural South in World War I. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004. Keith traces southern draft resistance to several sources, including whites’ long-term political opposition to militarism, southern blacks’ reluctance, and, above all, anger at class bias in federal conscription policies.
MacMillan, Margaret. Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World. New York: Random House, 2002. The author examines the personalities and politics behind the long peace conference after the Great War and evaluates the successes and failures of the peacemakers.
Morris, Edmund. Colonel Roosevelt. New York: Random House, 2010. Packed with adventure, variety, drama, humor, and tragedy, this book recounts the last decade of perhaps the most amazing life in American history.
Okrent, David. Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. New York: Scribner, 2010. Okrent explains why Americans tried to ban liquor, what life under Prohibition was like, and how such an unprecedented degree of government interference in the private lives of Americans changed the country forever.
Whitaker, Robert. On the Laps of Gods: The Red Summer of 1919 and the Struggle for Justice That Remade a Nation. New York: Crown Publishers, 2008. This heartbreaking story of courage and tragedy documents and exposes one of the worst racial massacres in American history.
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Capozzola, Christopher. Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen. This book tells the gripping story of the American homefront in World War I, revealing how the tensions of mass mobilization led to a significant increase in power in Washington.
Gardner, Lloyd. Safe for Democracy: The Anglo-American Response to Revolution, 1913–1923. Amidst the carnage of the Great War, British and American leaders tried to control the social upheavals in Mexico, Russia, and Eastern Europe, and China.
Kennedy, David. Over Here: The First World War and American Society. U.S. entry into the Great War set in motion economic, political, and social changes that had long term consequences in the lives of ordinary Americans.
Knock, Thomas. To End All Wars: Woodrow Wilson and the Quest for a New World Order. The author explains how Wilson saw American participation in the Great War as a way to reshape global politics and impose a uniquely American reform agenda on the world.
Manela, Erez. The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism. Wilson’s call for self-determination following World War I aroused great hopes among colonial peoples. But the failure to implement this promise pushed many Asians, Africans, and Arabs in radical directions.
World War I. This companion site to the BBC program on World War I explores the causes, events and people of the conflict.
The Deadly Virus. A collection of documents and photos relating to the influenza pandemic of 1918.
The Great War. This companion site to the PBS documentary on World War I contains photographs, documents, a timeline, battle maps, and historians’ commentary.