Defining Documents in American History: World War I (1914-1919)

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1 Volume
400 Pages
40 Essays
40 Primary Source Documents
40 Readers’ Guides
Photos, Maps & Time Line
General Bibliography & Subject Index

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Defining Documents

The following titles make up the entire Defining Documents series:

Exploration and Colonial America (1492-1755)

The American Revolution (1754-1805)

Manifest Destiny & the New Nation (1803-1859)
The American West (1836-1900)
Civil War  (1860-1896)
Reconstruction & Development of the Industrial United States  (1865-1880)
The Emergence of Modern America (1868-1918)
World War I (1914-1920)
The 20s (1920-1929)
The 30s (1930-1939)
World War II (1936-1946)
Post-War 1940s (1945-1949)

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August 2014 · 1 volume · 400 pages · 8"x10"

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Defining Documents in American History:
World War I, 1914-1919
Provides readers with a new, interesting way to study the impact of World War I on American history. Through in-depth analysis of important primary documents from 1914 to 1919, readers will gain new insight into the causes, issues and lasting effects of this pivotal time in American history.

Defining Documents in American History: World War I offers a broad range of historical documents on important authors and subjects in World War I research. Written by historians and experts in the field, this resource examines a wide array of primary source documents with an in-depth critical analysis. Articles begin by introducing readers to its historical context, followed by a description of the author’s life and circumstances in which the document is written. A document analysis guides readers in understanding key elements of language, rhetoric, and social and political meaning that define the significance of the author and document in American history.

Defining Documents in American History: World War I is centered on the following themes:

US in World Politics & the Causes of World War I
American Participation in World War I
The War Effort
Daily Life of a Soldier & Military Conditions
African Americans in the Military
Military Preparation
Military Strategy & Weapon Evolution
Isolationism & America’s Changing Role in World Politics
Sedition & Anti-German Sentiment
The Prussian & German View of World War I
Business & Government Rights in Wartime

This collection will introduce students and educators to a diverse range of genres, including journals, letters, speeches, government legislation, and court opinions. Documents represent the diversity of ideas and contexts that define social, political and cultural subjects throughout American history.

An important supplement to each historical document is a carefully designed readers’ guide, which follows national history standards for learning, to guide students and educators in document analysis and historical comprehension. In addition, comparative analysis highlights how every document emerges from a myriad of social and political influences.

A historical timeline and bibliography of important supplemental readings will support readers in understanding the broader historical events and subjects in the period. An introduction for each of the major subjects covered in the title considers the significance of document analysis for students and educators.