Len's Summary: The end of WWI witnessed a spate of lynchings sparked by white supremacy augmented by the pseudo-science of eugenics as white fears of economic integration were conflated with fears of communism. This was the greatest period of racial strife ever seen in America, but it also marked the first glimmer of the civil rights movement that erupted four decades later. Also available as a Nook book.
The Centennial commemorations are over, but WW1 remains a relevant area of study because of its enormous impact on the 20th and 21st centuries: Many present-day geographic tensions come from the post-war peace and drawing of boundaries. More families than ever are seeking to understand the war’s impact on their ancestors. The war had a profound impact on all facets of society, including post-war re-building. At the time of this writing, the influenza epidemic of 1918-19 is again newsworthy.
In 2020 we are working to increase engagement and communication with the membership. This will include: regular publication of our Journal, World War One Illustrated, and our newsletter, Here and There; a more regular social media presence; and a refreshed website.