Doughboys, the Great War and the Remaking of America

Doughboys, the Great War and the Remaking of America

by Jennifer D. Keene

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Doughboys, the Great War and the Remaking of America by Jennifer D. Keene


How does a democratic government conscript citizens, turn them into soldiers who can fight effectively against a highly trained enemy, and then somehow reward these troops for their service? In Doughboys, the Great War, and the Remaking of America, Jennifer D. Keene argues that the doughboy experience in 1917-18 forged the U.S. Army of the twentieth century and ultimately led to the most sweeping piece of social-welfare legislation in the nation's history—the G.I. Bill.

Keene shows how citizen-soldiers established standards of discipline that the army in a sense had to adopt. Even after these troops had returned to civilian life, lessons learned by the army during its first experience with a mass conscripted force continued to influence the military as an institution. Moreover, the experience of going into uniform and fighting abroad politicized citizen-soldiers in ways that Keene asks us to ponder. She argues that the country and the conscripts—in their view—entered into a certain social compact, one that assured veterans that the federal government owed conscripted soldiers of the twentieth century debts far in excess of the pensions the Grand Army of the Republic had claimed in the late nineteenth century.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Introduction
Chapter 1 A Force to Call Our Own: Establishing the National Army
Chapter 2 Americans as Warriors
Chapter 3 The Meaning of Obedience
Chapter 4 The Politics of Race: Racial Violence and Harmony in the Wartime Army
Chapter 5 Forging Their Own Alliances: American Soldier's Relations with the French and Germans
Chapter 6 The Legacy of the War for the Army
Chapter 7 WarMemories: Re-Examining the Social Contract
Chapter 8 'The Yanks Are Starving Everywhere': The Bonus March

Epilogue - The War's Final Legacy for the Country: The GI Bill
Bibliographic Essay

AUTHOR BIO:
Jennifer D. Keene is an assistant professor of history at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801865923
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 08/29/2001
Series: War, Society, Culture Series
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Jennifer D. Keene is an associate professor of history at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California.

Table of Contents


Contents:

Introduction

Chapter 1 A Force to Call Our Own: Establishing the National Army

Chapter 2 Americans as Warriors

Chapter 3 The Meaning of Obedience

Chapter 4 The Politics of Race: Racial Violence and Harmony in the Wartime Army

Chapter 5 Forging Their Own Alliances: American Soldier's Relations with the French and Germans

Chapter 6 The Legacy of the War for the Army

Chapter 7 War Memories: Re-Examining the Social Contract

Chapter 8 'The Yanks Are Starving Everywhere': The Bonus MarchEpilogue - The War's Final Legacy for the Country: The GI Bill

Bibliographic Essay

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