Authors

Brandon R. Peeters '20, Gettysburg College

Document Type

Article

Date of Creation

Spring 2017

Department

History

Abstract

April 6, 1917 is a date that deserves great recognition and remembrance in the United States. On that day, the United States chose to enter a war that it had previously so ardently tried to avoid. Upon entrance, the United States forged a new national identity that looked past racial and religious barriers with a new mission to protect global democracy. On April 6, 2017, the 100th anniversary of America entering the First World War, news and other media throughout the United States seemed to care so little about the significance of the date and unfortunately passed over an excellent history lesson. Despite the current division in the United States, the country has dealt with it before. Reforging a new national identity was the solution in 1917. Perhaps it is the solution needed in 2017.

Comments

Written for HIST 219: The Great War.

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