WORLD WAR I

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World War I pitted the Central Powers against the Allied Powers, which included the U.S. The Great War spawned unprecedented death and destruction. On the home front, African Americans and women assumed new roles; the suffrage movement gained steam; while racial tensions and the erosion of civil liberties threatened the country.

Chapter Detail

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Chapter 1—Roots of War (06:55)
During the early 20th century, nationalism and ethnic conflicts created a powder-keg in Europe, with assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand providing the spark to ignite World War I.
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Chapter 2—The European Conflict (05:00)
World War I was the most horrific confrontation in human history. Trench warfare, modern munitions and chemical weapons characterized the brutal fighting.
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Chapter 3—America Joins the Ranks (04:29)
As fighting engulfed Europe, President Wilson campaigned on the promise to keep America out of the war. Ultimately, the U.S. was drawn into the conflagration and joined the Allied Powers in 1917.
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Chapter 4—Supporting the War (09:55)
America’s entry into World War I was accompanied by a massive economic and military mobilization, accompanied by a savvy campaign to promote domestic support for the effort.
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Chapter 5—Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (09:31)
The American home front was radically altered during World War I. The womens' suffrage movement gained support. African-Americans migrated to the North and racial tensions intensified.
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Chapter 6—Fear on the Home Front (05:31)
America’s intervention in World War in Europe was accompanied by the de facto suspension of civil liberties in the United States. Discrimination and legal persecution became widespread.
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Chapter 7—Peace, Diplomacy and Reparations (07:04)
A cease-fire was declared in November 1918, ending World War I. An ensuing influenza pandemic claimed more lives than the war. The "failed peace" sowed the seeds of discontent that would lead to World War II.
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Chapter 8—Wilson's Last Days (03:58)
America’s entry into World War I was accompanied by a massive economic and military mobilization, accompanied by a savvy campaign to promote domestic support for the effort.

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