David Kennedy 's Over Here : The First World War And American Society

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David Kennedy’s Over Here: The First World War and American Society gives the reader an in depth description of American history during Americas involvement in World War I. The book covers from President Wilson’s war message to Congress on April 2, 1917 to the Armistice on November 11, 1918 pointing out major dilemmas within the country, whether they are political, social, or cultural. Kennedy starts the book out with a prologue that sets the scene. After the prologue, Kennedy jumps into explaining the war and the thoughts of the American people about the war that was carried into the battlefield. During this time, Wilson had just won his re-election of 1916, which was won by promising to keep America out of the war. So it was not hard to believe that Wilson was unfavorable when the country’s involvement increased. Wilson found himself in a very serious situation, but he used his ability to sway the people; an incredible ability Wilson found himself using throughout his presidency. The involvement of the people was surprising to Wilson. Previously to Wilson’s involvement with the war, the people were strongly against the war. The people saw the war as returning to barbaric ways, implying that it should stay buried in history, but people and organizations such as John Dewey and the New Republic brought light to the situation. It was because of people and organizations like Dewey and the New Republic that the American people became favorable of the war. The war showed…
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