Len's Summary: Anti-war sentiment, draft evasion racism, and the split between (predominantly) rural and urban southerners over World War I. Draws heavily oh local draft records to assert that Southern selective service boards often discriminated against poor whites to protect cheap black local sources of labor (sharecroppers) while at the same time drafting black landowners farming in competition with whites.
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.