Shaping 20th Century America
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/01/2015
Year Published: 2015
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20861
Part of an ongoing series on the centennial of World War I.
Stating that "The world must be made safe for democracy," president Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany on April 2, 1917. The United States formally entered World War I four days later.
To some extent by that time, all of U.S. society had come to experience the effects and impacts of what already was a global conflagration, underway since August 1914. Among those directly and profoundly affected by the "Great War" from its start were millions of African Americans. Their lives, for better and worse, would be dramatically affected if not utterly transformed by the war and its aftermath.