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In World War II, a group of Navajo enlisted in the Marines with the sole purpose of developing unique communication codes. These Marines came to be known as the “code talkers,” soldiers who developed signals and messages based on native languages that when translated into English spelled out specific messages. The Navajo became famous for…

Historical events are captured, recorded, and interpreted in numerous ways. Primarily remembered in academic fields, history is emanated through popular culture as well. Films, TV shows, plays, books, and artwork tell the story behind some of history’s most significant events and people.  (This post was written by guest blogger Thomas Richardson.) For World War I,…

President Woodrow Wilson struggled to maintain United States neutrality when war broke out in 1914. Strong social and political forces lobbied specific arguments supporting intervention or isolation. With the declaration of war in April 1917, Wilson understood that in order to maintain public support for the war, the U.S. government needed to create an agency…

The global impact of the Great War reverberated throughout world history. In the United States, the outbreak of the war brought about a significant event impacting every citizen. The conflict didn’t just influence how the United States recognized its place internationally, but how it behaved socially.  (This post was written by guest blogger Thomas Richardson.)…

European armies were larger than they had been even before the outbreak of World War I. Millions served on both sides and with them were the most technologically sophisticated and advanced military machinery of the day.  (This post was written by guest blogger Thomas Richardson.) More than 13 million men served in the German Army…

The home front directed factory production, agricultural output, and local community energies to the war effort in World War I. President Woodrow Wilson stated that “it is not only an army we must shape and train, but also a nation.” (This post was written by guest blogger Thomas Richardson.) National sentiment leaned mostly to isolation,…

The Meuse-Argonne was the scene of bloody fighting inflicted and sustained by the American Expeditionary Forces in France. Shining through the fighting were acts of bravery and sacrifice by those saving their comrades and leading troops against deadly odds.  (This post was written by guest blogger Thomas Richardson.) One of the most well-known of these…

Europe experienced a level of death, carnage, and destruction unlike any war ever fought before. The Great War mounted millions of casualties, governments were overthrown, economies were crippled, and civilians were suffering nearly as much as the soldiers dying in the trenches.  (This post was written by guest blogger Thomas Richardson.)  By 1918 with the…