In 1914, Philadelphia was the third largest city in the United States with a population of just over one and a half million people. It was fitting, therefore, that during World War I, Philadelphia mobilized itself for the war effort perhaps more than any other large American city. Nicknamed the �Workshop of the World,� Philadelphia saw its manufacturing and textile companies converted, almost overnight, to full wartime production. Meanwhile, private and city-sponsored organizations sprang up to send relief to the people of war-torn Europe and prepare for the possibility of American involvement. The Great War would forever alter the city�s landscape and its people. Architecturally, demographically, and socially, Philadelphia would experience sweeping change, and the people of William Penn�s �greene country towne� would come together as never before to support the war effort at home and their boys abroad.
About the Author
PeterJohn Williams, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, is an attorney and amateur historian with a special interest in World War I. The photographs for this book were selected from various public and private museums, libraries, and collections; many of them have not been seen for almost 90 years.