World War I, at home and in the trenches

The years 1914-1918 were a time of unusual tension in Wisconsin, as the nations in Europe with which the state's residents identified squared off against one another in a bloody conflict. The sizable German American population, as well as the politically dominant Progressive and Socialist parties, generally opposed American entry into the war in Europe. Wisconsin's most famous politician, Senator Robert La Follette, risked both his reputation and influence first in opposing American entry into the war, and then in opposing ratification of the settlement drafted at the 1919 Peace Conference. Several groups did manage to use the international crisis... more...

Original Documents and Other Primary Sources

Link to article: Wisconsin develops solutions to wartime shortagesWisconsin develops solutions to wartime shortages
Link to article: Two Wisconsin soldiers write home from the frontTwo Wisconsin soldiers write home from the front
Link to article: The Spanish flu sweeps across Wisconsin in 1918The Spanish flu sweeps across Wisconsin in 1918
Link to article: The State Board of Health seeks to contain influenza, 1918The State Board of Health seeks to contain influenza, 1918
Link to article: La Follette publicly opposes U.S. entry into the war, 1917La Follette publicly opposes U.S. entry into the war, 1917
Link to article: The Wisconsin Food Administration responds to national food shortages in 1918The Wisconsin Food Administration responds to national food shortages in 1918
Link to article: A German American professor is tarred and feathered, 1918A German American professor is tarred and feathered, 1918
Link to article: The U.S. Army seeks volunteers in Milwaukee, 1917The U.S. Army seeks volunteers in Milwaukee, 1917
Link to article: A high school biology class organizes a war garden competition, 1917A high school biology class organizes a war garden competition, 1917
Link to article: The aims and plans of the Wisconsin Federation of Women Wage EarnersThe aims and plans of the Wisconsin Federation of Women Wage Earners
Link to article: Health suggestions to help contain the spread of influenza in 1918Health suggestions to help contain the spread of influenza in 1918
Link to article: The end of war marked by a parade in Sturgeon Bay, 1918The end of war marked by a parade in Sturgeon Bay, 1918
Link to article: A sketch of the life of Meta BergerA sketch of the life of Meta Berger
Link to article: Wisconsin's Telephone Brigade solicits support for the United War Work Campaign, 1918Wisconsin's Telephone Brigade solicits support for the United War Work Campaign, 1918
Link to article: Patriotic songs to welcome home the troopsPatriotic songs to welcome home the troops
Link to article: Wisconsin's National Guard encourages men to enlistWisconsin's National Guard encourages men to enlist
Link to article: Suffrage publications from the Wisconsin Woman Suffrage AssociationSuffrage publications from the Wisconsin Woman Suffrage Association
Link to artifacts: Influenza Quarantine signInfluenza Quarantine sign
Link to book: Homefront propaganda efforts, 1917-1919Homefront propaganda efforts, 1917-1919
Link to book: Julia Grace Wales suggests an influential proposal to end the war, 1915Julia Grace Wales suggests an influential proposal to end the war, 1915
Link to book: Wisconsin's contributions to the war, 1919Wisconsin's contributions to the war, 1919
Link to book: Supporting the war one meal at a time, 1917Supporting the war one meal at a time, 1917
Link to book: Descriptions of Wisconsin disasters and catastrophes, 1848-1948Descriptions of Wisconsin disasters and catastrophes, 1848-1948
Link to book: The Wisconsin men and women who lost their lives during the warThe Wisconsin men and women who lost their lives during the war
Link to book: The Wisconsin Loyalty Legion nurtures patriotism, 1917-18The Wisconsin Loyalty Legion nurtures patriotism, 1917-18
Link to book: Bringing peace through backyard gardens, 1919Bringing peace through backyard gardens, 1919
Link to images: Milwaukee's former mayor speaks out against WWIMilwaukee's former mayor speaks out against WWI
Link to images: Life magazine portrays La Follette as a traitor in 1917Life magazine portrays La Follette as a traitor in 1917
Link to manuscript: The Board of Health reports on the fluThe Board of Health reports on the flu
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