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Apr 20

Booklet on America's Entry Into World War I

Posted on April 20, 2018 at 10:29 AM by Bill Sowers

100 years ago the United States Was embroiled in World War I with American troops fighting Over There while folks at home tightened their belts and participated in programs to support the war effort.  I can remember my grandparents talking about World War I.  My grandfather rarely spoke of combat but would sing How Ya Gonna Keep em Down on the Farm while my grandmother remembered the sacrifices at home to support the troops.

Recently we added a booklet to the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library, published by the Kansas Adjutant General's Department in 1926, "Causes of America's Entry into the World War." Part of a series of publications issued by the Adjutant General called "Training Bulletins," the introduction to the booklet states:

"It is believed to be pertinent to every officer's training that he know and study the causes of war. The following lecture delivered by Col. Louis J. Van Schaick, United States Army, before the Reserve Officer's Association at Topeka, Kan., December 15, 1925, is a masterful presentation of the facts and occurrences leading up to and causing the entry of the United States into the World War."

This publication, written from a military officer's perspective gives an interesting look at our country's involvement in the First World War, a topic which has been mulled over by historians for many years. 

Causes of America's entry into the World War, by Louis J. Van Schaick


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