Len's Summary: History of a tumultuous year: lynchings, race riots, the recrudescence of the Klu Klux Klan, widespread labor unrest, anarchist bombings, the first Red Scare, prohibition, thousands of returning Doughboys looking for work and the abrupt end of the reformist Progressive Era. The author, a staffer at the Wall Street Journal reviews the unruly and often politically repressive aftermath of the “War to End All Wars.”
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.