The Great War in the Heart of Dixie: Alabama During World War I

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There has been much scholarship on how the U.S. as a nation reacted to World War I, but few have explored how Alabama responded. Did the state follow the federal government?s lead in organizing its resources or did Alabamians devise their own solutions to unique problems they faced? How did the state?s cultural institutions and government react? What changes occurred in its economy and way of life? What, if any, were the long-term consequences in Alabama? The contributors to this volume address these questions ...
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Overview


There has been much scholarship on how the U.S. as a nation reacted to World War I, but few have explored how Alabama responded. Did the state follow the federal government’s lead in organizing its resources or did Alabamians devise their own solutions to unique problems they faced? How did the state’s cultural institutions and government react? What changes occurred in its economy and way of life? What, if any, were the long-term consequences in Alabama? The contributors to this volume address these questions and establish a base for further investigation of the state during this era. 


Contributors:
David Alsobrook, Wilson Fallin Jr., Robert J. Jakeman, Dowe Littleton, Martin T. Olliff, Victoria E. Ott, Wesley P. Newton, Michael V. R. Thomason, Ruth Smith Truss, and Robert Saunders Jr.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817354923
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 10/12/2008
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Alabama, April 1917 Martin T. Olliff Olliff, Martin T. 1

2 Military Participation at Home and Abroad, 1917-1918 Ruth Smith Truss Truss, Ruth Smith 24

3 "Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Grounds": Alabama's Military Bases in World War I Wesley Phillips Newton Newton, Wesley Phillips 41

4 Alabama's Black Baptist Leaders, the Progressive Era, and World War I Wilson Fallin, Jr. Fallin, Wilson, Jr. 66

5 A Call to Arms for African Americans during the Age of Jim Crow: Black Alabamians' Response to the U.S. Declaration of War in 1917 David Alsobrook Alsobrook, David 81

6 From the Cotton Field to the Great Waterway: African Americans and the Muscle Shoals Project during World War I Victoria E. Ott Ott, Victoria E. 101

7 Mobile in World War I Michael V. R. Thomason Thomason, Michael V. R. 121

8 The Alabama Council of Defense, 1917-1918 Dowe Littleton Littleton, Dowe 152

9 "Can All We Can, and Can the Kaiser, Too": The Montgomery Cooperative Canning Club Martin T. Olliff Olliff, Martin T. 169

10 World War I: Catalyst for Social Change in Alabama Robert Saunders, Jr. Saunders, Robert, Jr. 185

11 Memorializing World War I in Alabama Robert J. Jakeman Jakeman, Robert J. 201

Notes 221

Contributors 261

Index 265

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