The Last Days of Innocence: America at War, 1917-1918

The Last Days of Innocence America at War In the Spring of America went to war with an innocent determination to re make the world When the smoke lifted in November the nation emerged with its sense of purpose shattered its certa

  • Title: The Last Days of Innocence: America at War, 1917-1918
  • Author: Meirion Harries Susie Harries
  • ISBN: 9780679743767
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the Spring of 1917, America went to war with an innocent determination to re make the world When the smoke lifted in November 1918, the nation emerged with its sense of purpose shattered, its certainties shaken, and with a new and unwelcome self knowledge Seventy five thousand American soldiers were dead, and back home a Pandora s box of suspicions and surveillance haIn the Spring of 1917, America went to war with an innocent determination to re make the world When the smoke lifted in November 1918, the nation emerged with its sense of purpose shattered, its certainties shaken, and with a new and unwelcome self knowledge Seventy five thousand American soldiers were dead, and back home a Pandora s box of suspicions and surveillance had been opened.The Last Days of Innocence reveals how the fight to preserve freedom abroad led to the erosion of freedom at home Drawing on American, British, and French archival material, the authors reveal unplanned and uncoordinated field efforts, as well as the unsavory activities of anti dissent groups, from the Committee for Public Information to the Anti Yellow Dog League, including a posse of children organized to listen for antiwar talk among families and friends Here is the story of the fifty billion dollar war that gave birth to the Selective Service Act, threatened labor rights, stoked the fires of racial and religious intolerance, and concentrated the nation s wealth into fewer hands than ever before The Last Days of Innocence tells the untold story of the war that rudely thrust Americans into an uncertain future a war whose effects remain with us today.

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    1. This book first published in 1997 tells the story of World War I from the American perspective. It brings particular focus on all the problems and disorganized efforts, first at mobilization and second in the actual fighting. The book provides such a long litany of inefficiencies and corruption that it's hard to believe that any mobilization occurred at all. Then during the early battles in Europe the American troops were so poorly trained, equipped, and supported that's it hard to believe that [...]


    2. A very good overview of American in the years leading up to and during the Great War. In my continuing research into America in the First World War, this book gave me good information on many things I did not know about the war. I found it a interesting and well written account. A very good book on the subject.


    3. A meaty book with a narrow focus. You will learn a lot about America in WWI. The book adroitly interlaces chapters between Americans on the battlefield and Americans in the Homeland. It describes American political and cultural proclivities during the first few years of the war, while we as a nation were observing, and the Allies were engaged. It then discusses our entry into the war--mobilization, training, and fielding of Pershing's Army. It details the horror of battlefield maneuver. And it a [...]


    4. The Last Days of Innocence: America at War, 1917-1918 offers the reader a decent and balanced view of America's role and involvment in the Great War. If you wanted one book that would provide you with a detailed account of the United States' role in the Great War this is it. The author's cover every aspect of America's involvement in WW1. This book covers everything from the gradual decline in civil liberties, the increase in Govt. agencies power over the individual, the war industry the trainin [...]


    5. I read this to supplement my WW1 unit and found a ton of material to add to my lessons. I think I had just about every other page sticky noted! Of course there were some pieces I skimmed over once I realized I would not be adding it to my curriculum, but those pieces were very few actually. I wish I read this during the summer when I had more time to dig into it more. I might pick it back up and do just that this summer. If you like historical text, this is a great read for you.


    6. social political history of making of the US military machine through the world war 1 MOBILIZATION. sad and illuminating. organization and power. a little longwinded in the american battle scenarios. got it. "American Expeditionary Forces" didnt know what they were doing but were very brave. the book's main point of intertwining the politics of the homefront is relentlessly argued to the benefit of the history of war in the twentieth century.


    7. Great study of America in World War I. It discusses the run up to the war, the mobilization of the military and their subsequent baptism by fire in France, effects on the home front, and the depressing aftermath of it all. It will make you realize the US had little to gain by entering this conflict.


    8. This was a very interesting look at the effect of the war on most of the US. It was easy to follow, covered enough of the other players to give it a broad view, and peppered in several interesting stories.


    9. America's preparation, participation, and the aftermath of both, in World War I. (I saw here the glimmerings of what I would later see as huge problems in the way America goes about its war-fighting mission and preparation.)




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