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America: The Great War and After 1916-1925 (America, Great Crises In Our History Told by it's Makers)






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Library4Science & The Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2011
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This final volume returns us to American shores – and follows American troops
into battle in Europe. There's President Wilson's address to Congress declaring
war on Germany, and British Prime Minister David Lloyd George's response. You'll
read the text of the declaration, the proclamation of compulsory military
service, and General Pershing's official report on the American mobilization in
France. There's a contemporary press report of the “Big Bertha” aerial
bombardment of Paris, and a survivor's account of the sinking of the troopship
President Lincoln. There are highly personal accounts of battles as well as
official reports, and fascinating descriptions of the war in the air. You'll
read correspondence between General von Hindenburg and Marshal Foch as they
negotiate the Armistice, the text of the Kaiser's abdication and an eye-witness
report of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The volume concludes with
documents relating to the post-war Presidencies of Harding and Coolidge.


Introduction To The Series

"After you've heard two eyewitness accounts of an auto accident, you begin to
worry about history." This observation, attributed to the comedian Henny
Youngman, summarizes the dilemma you face when you want to find out what really
happened in the past. When you read a history book, the "facts" are actually the
author's own interpretation, often colored by a conscious or unconscious wish to
have you share a particular point of view. You're one step (or many steps)
removed from the original source material.

That's why the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States compiled this 12-
volume collection of writings of people who actually witnessed the key events in
American history - the actual actors in the events or contemporary observers of
them. Past historians have spent decades locating, studying and consulting vast
amounts of material such as this. This meticulously chosen selection brings you
the essence of history as originally recorded by those who participated in it.

You'll be reading mostly eye-witness accounts, by people contemporary with the
events they describe, including many significant historical figures themselves.
So you can make your own assessments, draw your own conclusions and gain an
understanding of past events undistorted by the prejudices, assumptions and
selectivity of professional historians. In some instances where there aren't
reliable or easily accessible eye-witness accounts, the compilers have chosen
extracts from objective, authoritative historians of past generations such as
Francis Parkman whose judgements have stood the test of time. Through these
accounts, your knowledge of American history will be immeasurably greater, your
understanding of the key events in the building of the nation immensely
increased.

Founded in 1899, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) is a
nonprofit organization dedicated to foster camaderie among United States
veterans of overseas conflicts, from the Spanish-American War to Iraq and
Afghanistan, and to ensure that they receive due respect and entitlements for
the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of the nation. With
this mission, the VFW has a natural desire to encourage a broad understanding
and appreciation of American history, and this essential collection of
historical documents makes a huge contribution to that aim.

This reissue was scanned, formatted and converted to e-book format by
Library4Science.com with the permission and encouragement of the VFW, to make
the series more accessible to a wider public. The VFW receives 50% of all
royalty revenue from these e-books. This book is about 300 print pages long.




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