America and the Great War: 1914 - 1920 by D. Clayton James, Anne Sharp Wells PDF

By D. Clayton James, Anne Sharp Wells

ISBN-10: 0882959441

ISBN-13: 9780882959443

In the United States and the nice warfare, 1914-1920, the comprehensive writing workforce of D. Clayton James and Anne Sharp Wells offers a succinct account of the central army, political, and social advancements in usa background because the state answered to, and used to be replaced by way of, a global in crisis.

A forthright exam of America's extraordinary army dedication and activities in another country, the USA and the good struggle contains insights into the personalities of key Allied officials and civilian leaders in addition to the evolution of the hot American "citizen soldier." complete assurance is given to President Wilson's beleaguered moment time period, the adventure of Americans-including ladies, minorities, and up to date arrivals-on the house entrance, and the lasting alterations left within the nice War's wake.

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18 THE TANGLED PATHS TO HORROR IN EUROP E After the outbreak of the World War, growing rumors of German intentions to move into Central America and the Caribbean led to the construction of American bases in Puerto Rico and the Panama Canal Zone. With the opening of the canal in 1914, its security soon became the linchpin of American strategy in the region . and the rationale for reinforcements ashore and at sea. In 1916 the United States granted limited territorial status to Puerto Rico and the following year added its last colony, purchasing the western part of the Virgin Islands from Denmark.

The area targeted by Pershing had been held by the Germans since early in the war, in spite of many French efforts to retake it. Ludendorff, alerted by the nearby buildup of over a half million American and French soldiers, ordered the area evacuated, but five understrength German divisions were still there when the AEF offensive began. In the largest American Army campaign since the Civil War, the First Army struck on September 12. Pershing's forces captured the St. Mihiel salient in five days against moderate resistance.

While Congress was still debating the draft measure, the War Department began plans to print and distribute registration blanks. It persuaded the public printer to print secretly 10 million registration blanks, which soon overflowed the Government Printing Office's storage space and filled the cellar of the Washington Post Office. Finally, the forms were mailed quietly to the thousands of sheriffs and mayors across the nation, with instructions for secrecy until the bill became law. Amazingly, knowledge of this highhanded action was kept confidential; the news would have been a godsend for congressmen opposing the draft.

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