Warriors on the Homefront

“American Woman and WWI”


THE UNITED STATES ENTERS WORLD WAR I

The year 2017 marks the centenary of American entry into World War I. President Woodrow Wilson, breaking his campaign promise of "keeping us out of war," officially declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917. This followed repeated German attacks against unarmed passenger and merchant ships by German U-boats, sparking public outrage and calls for action. American soldiers made their debut, in September 1918, in the Meuse-Argonne region of northeastern France. American involvement proved to be decisive as the German forces, low on morale, were engulfed by the seemingly never-ending stream of Americans. As one German commander lamented, "The Americans are multiplying in a way we never dreamed of." Following the success of the Meuse-Argonne offensive, German chancellor Max von Baden telegraphed President Wilson about an armistice based on the latter's Fourteen Points. This was the beginning of the end. On November 11, 1918, the war was over.
However, the war could not have been won without the service of this country's women. Acting as volunteer farm workers, nurses, and more, Warriors of the Home Front: American Women and World War I, 1917-1919 hopes to shed some light on the diverse and critical roles women played during the conflict as well as recognize some local heroes.

The Exhibit