Tag Archives: World War I

World War I: American Jazz Delights the World

24 Jan

In the afterglow of the armistice in 1918 that ended World War I, Europe, and particularly the city of Paris, exhibited a wild exuberance. In mid-January 1919, future civil rights pioneer and American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) officer Charles Hamilton Houston encapsulated the mood and sounds of European joy: “Paris is taken away with [jazz] and our style of dancing,” he wrote in his diary. “The girls come after the boys in taxis and beg them to go to the dance. Colored boys are all the go.”

So begins Ryan Reft’s post at the Library of Congress. You may read the rest of his post here.



16 Jan

Flu hospital 1918

The 1918-1919 influenza pandemic killed more people than combat did in the First World War. Maybe a lot more: fatality estimates range from 20-40 million to twice that around the globe. In the United States, a quarter of the population came down with the flu; some 675,000 died. Only the American Civil War has been more lethal.

So begins Matthew Wills’ concise reminder of the flu 100 years ago. You may read the entire post at JSTOR Daily here.



The Harlem Hellfighters were captured in a famous photo. Now a retired archivist has uncovered their stories.

15 Nov

Archivist Barbara Lewis Burger has dug for the stories of the 9 African American soldiers pictured here from their World War I service. Michael E. Ruane at the Washington Post recounts Burger’s work here.

The Invention and Evolution of the Concentration Camp

21 Oct

Journalist Andrea Pitzer concisely recounts the modern birth and development of the concentration camp: The Invention and Evolution of the Concentration Camp | Essay | Zócalo Public Square

1917 draft board, Los Angeles–100 years ago.

18 Aug


One hundred years ago, World War I was still raging. The Los Angeles Times has a photo here from then: 1917 draft board – Framework – Photos and Video – Visual Storytelling from the Los Angeles Times

100 Years Ago, the U.S. entered World War I

6 Apr

Take a look at the Library Congress post on this: Today in History – April 6 | Library of Congress

The Christmas Truce of 1914: Myth and History

6 Dec

On December 24-25, 1914, soldiers on both sides of World War I put down their weapons and celebrated the birth of Christ. But as moving as the story is, the Christmas Truce actually exemplifies that “history is impossible but necessary.” Historian Chris Gehrz discusses this here at the Anxious Bench: The Christmas Truce of 1914: Myth and History – Anxious Bench

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