Lara Weber

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These 1917 rookies march in Grant Park with the Art Institute in the background. At hastily erected recruiting stations, civilians began their transformation into fighting men during World War I.

Nearly three years after the start of what was then called "The Great War," the United States entered World War I with a congressional declaration of war against Germany on April 6, 1917. Until then, President Woodrow Wilson had maintained a policy of non-intervention, and a strong antiwar sentiment had swept the U.S. as casualties mounted on the battlefields across Europe and beyond. But the growing threat of a powerful German navy and its fleet of submarines attacking American shipping, plus evidence that Germany was trying to draw Mexico to its side, persuaded Wilson to join forces with Great Britain and France.…  Seguir leyendo »