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click to enlarge Armstrong, Margery A. MARBLEHEAD IN WORLD WAR I. NEW copy, trade paperback. (The History Press, 2011). Military Series. 6x9. 55 b&w photos. 144 pages.

The small seacoast town of Marblehead, in eastern Massachusetts, was the first to answer the call to arms during both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Throughout World War I, Marblehead was affected, and the town influenced the outcome. Boasting of the fifth and final naval militia in history, the Tenth Deck Division, Marblehead’s men stood on the front line as the first shots rang out, aimed at the Germans in 1917. It was a town that pulled together, rallied behind their own family and friends while they fought in the trenches of war and stood shoulder to shoulder in their diligent commitment. Historian Margery A. Armstrong delves into the past through articles and letters from those overseas that were first published in the Marblehead Messenger.


click to enlarge Clemens, Elizabeth. DETROIT IN WORLD WAR I. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Arcadia Publishing, 2015). Images of America Series. 6.5x9.25. 228 b&w photos. 128 pages.

World War I was the catalyst that ushered in themes that would define the 20th century: industrialization, urbanization, and the struggle for equality between social classes, gender, and race. During this time, from 1914 to 1918, Detroit was a city rapidly on the rise, with spectacular economic, industrial, and population growth. These were years when some of the city’s most beautiful structures were built, when its industry practices became the international standard, and when its population exploded with new, hopeful emigrants from across the globe. The war provided a unifying theme to a city struggling to define itself and caused its people to come together in new and unexpected ways to support the war effort at home and abroad, often stepping into unfamiliar roles outside of societal norms. Detroit in World War I offers a visual exploration of a city and a people caught in a time of dynamic change—from the men who served the cause to the communities they left behind—who rose to the challenge splendidly and helped create one of the 20th century’s most remarkable and vibrant cities


click to enlarge Special Collections of the Sacramento Public Library. WORLD WAR I AND THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY. NEW copy, trade paperback. (The History Press, 2016). Military Series. 6x9. 57 b&w photos. 160 pages.

When the First World War thrust the United States into a dire global conflict, the Sacramento Valley was quick to mobilize. Many of America’s first air units for combat were trained at Mather Field, while local farms filled some of the largest food supply orders for the Allies. Many women eschewed tradition and joined the industrial workforce at Liberty Iron Works, Southern Pacific Railroad and more. Though many banded together, the region’s homefront was not without tension. Gripped by xenophobia, groups like the Liberty League formed local chapters to hunt spies, and local police forced displays of patriotism from suspected German sympathizers. With exclusive content from the Sacramento Public Library’s Special Collections, librarians Amanda DeWilde and James Scott reveal the struggles and triumphs of the Sacramento region during the First World War.


click to enlarge Quarstein, John V. WORLD WAR I ON THE VIRGINIA PENINSULA. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Arcadia Publishing, 1999). Images of America Series. 6.5x9.25. 200 b&w photos. 128 pages.

When the United States entered World War I in 1917, the Virginia Peninsula immediately became a center for the intensive activities required to prepare the nation for war. The fertile farm fields overlooking the James River, Hampton Roads, and the Back River were quickly transformed into military camps, air fields, and training bases. Almost overnight, Newport News became the second leading port for men, horses, and supplies embarking to Europe. Shipyard workers labored around the clock producing ships. Each vessel was considered “a death blow to Prussianism,” which was required to achieve victory. The Peninsula experienced rapid population growth, necessitating the construction of houses and public transportation systems. Individuals on the home front worked like “soldiers without guns” as they organized bond drives, provided recreation for doughboys passing through the port, and honored local fallen heroes. World War I on the Virginia Peninsula is the first comprehensive pictorial history documenting the events that occurred on the Virginia Peninsula during the war that was fought, as President Woodrow Wilson advised, to “save the world for Democracy.” In nearly 200 compelling photographs from local museums, archives, and private collections, this volume vividly documents the places, people, and industries that framed the community’s wartime experience.


click to enlarge Wiggins, Brigadier General Kennard R. DELAWARE IN WORLD WAR I. NEW copy, trade paperback. (The History Press, 2015). Military Series. 6x9. 46 b&w photos. 160 pages.

Delaware’s experience in the Great War was that of an awakening. What had been a pastoral collection of farms and merchants was rapidly transformed into a dynamic, economically thriving society. From the immense munitions contribution of the DuPont Company to burgeoning shipbuilding on the Wilmington waterfront, the First State took a leading role in meeting the war’s industrial demand. It fortified coastal defenses and thwarted U-boat attacks on its coast. Its men and women learned of valor and sacrifice as thousands of native sons fought in Europe and daughters volunteered on the homefront. Author Kennard R. Wiggins Jr. traces the history that changed the state forever.


click to enlarge Williams, Peter John. PHILADELPHIA: THE WORLD WAR I YEARS. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Arcadia Publishing, 2013). Images of America Series. 6.5x9.25. 205 b&w photos. 128 pages.

Peter John Williams, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, is an attorney and amateur historian with a special interest in World War I. The photographs for this book were selected from various public and private museums, libraries, and collections; many of them have not been seen for almost 90 years.


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