September 13, 2022 was the 162th birthday of General John J. Pershing, leader of the American Expeditionary Force that entered World War I and broke the stalemate that had devastated Europe.
One false move, and the clay figure he's spent 1,500 hours sculpting could crack. For a sculptor, that's a disaster equivalent to Gallipoli, or the Somme. "I'm going into battle," says Sabin Howard. "It's a critical moment.”
Over time, family lore can become legend. What was the true story of Corporal John Zink? His grandson undertook a fascinating fact-finding journey to explore, and ultimately understand, the real history.
Like her fellow star-spangled superhuman Captain America, Wonder Woman has always been closely and explicitly associated with World War II. So why was the blockbuster movie set in WWI?
Women have played important roles in all of America’s wars. However, this marked the first time that women directly participated in the war effort on a wide scale. Their contributions helped win the war and make major strides towards equality.
When the U.S. entered the war, many Americans did not fully support the decision to join the conflict. President Wilson created the Committee on Public Information to encourage support, while Congress passed two laws of questionable constitutionality.
America in 1917 was a nation in the throes of wartime mobilization. The initial unpopular nature of the war, the threat of draft resistance, and the diversity of the United States transformed World War I into a “War for the American Mind.”