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The Great War Comes to Wisconsin examines Wisconsin's response to World War I, the first "total war" of the twentieth century, a war so large that it engaged virtually everyone.
Instead of a comprehensive history of the battlefield, this book captures the homefront experience: the political debates over war policy, the worry over loved ones fighting overseas, the countless everyday sacrifices, and the impact of a wartime hysteria that drove dissent underground. It also includes the voices of soldiers from Wisconsin's famed 32nd Division, through extensively quoted letters and newspaper accounts. Immerse yourself in the Wisconsin experience during World War I--a conflict that demonstrated America's great capacity for sacrifice and generosity, but also for prejudice, intolerance, and injustice.
Rick Pifer is the retired director of reference and public services in the WHS's Library-Archives division. His research has focused on the Wisconsin home front during World War I and II. His MA thesis studied La Crosse during the two world wars as a vehicle through which to better understand the American response to war. He has also studied opposition to World War I. He is the author of the WHSP title, A City at War: Milwaukee Labor During World War II.