Table of Contents: Defining Documents in American History: World War I (1914–1919)

The Contents of Table of Contents: Defining Documents in American History: World War I (1914–1919)

Publisher’s Note

Editor’s Introduction


Opening Volleys

US Ambassador’s Reaction to Austria’s Ultimatum

Germany’s Appeal to the Americans

US Report on German Atrocities in Belgium

US Statement on the Status of Armed Merchant Vessels

US “Strict Accountability” Warning to Germany

The Sinking of the Lusitania

US Reaction to Allied Protest Regarding German Submarines

Wilson’s “Peace Without Victory” Address

The British Prime Minister on America’s Entry into the War

The German Chancellor on the Prospect of War with the United States

The French Prime Minister on America’s Entry into the War

Former President Taft on America’s Entry into the War

The US Press Office on Actions by US Naval Destroyers

Germany’s Crown Prince Wilhelm’s Assessment of US Troops

A Range of Reactions

War Increases Toy Soldier Sales

Resolutions Adopted by the International Congress of Women

The Failure of German-Americanism

War Is “A Blessing, Not a Curse”–The Case for Why We Must Fight

A Nebraska Senator Opposes US Entry into the War

The Espionage Act of 1917

Walter Lippmann on the War and American Democracy

America First, Now and Hereafter

The Unity of America

German Enemy of US Hanged by Mob

Remarks by Scott Nearing at His Trial

The Sedition Act of 1918

No Negroes Allowed

Outside Influences

Report on Armenian Genocide

US–Mexico Tensions

The Zimmerman Telegram

US Participation in the Archangel Expedition in Russia

War Preparedness

President Woodrow Wilson: “Do Your Bit For America”

A Labor Leader on Military Conscription

The Use of US Railroads During Wartime

A Survey of American War Readiness

The Railway Control Act

Combat Maneuvers

US Ambassador’s Report of German Retreat in France

On the Paris Gun

The Battle of Cantigny

The Battle of Belleau Wood

The Second Battle of the Marne

Soldiers’ Stories

Personal Letter of a Driver at the Front

A Marine Flyer in France

A Marine Corporal’s War Diary

Ernest Hemingway’s Return from the Italian Front

The Story of a Black Infantry Unit

A Soldier’s Letters Home

Diary of a Soldier on the Front Lines in France

Letter from a Private in the Expeditionary Force

Letters Home by a Supply Officer

Diary of an Artillery Soldier at the End of the War

Armistice: The End of the War

Diary of an Ordnance Officer Assigned to Postwar “Cleanup”

Medical Realities

The First Gas Attack

The Effects of Shell Shock

Diary of an Army Private at a Base Hospital

The High Road to Self-Support

An Army Physician on the 1918 Flu Pandemic

A New World

Wilson’s Fourteen Points

John Dewey: “The Social Possibilities of War”


Chronological List

Web Resources