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World War I at 100

While often considered a "forgotten" war in the United States, for American historians World War I is worth remembering. On April 6, 1917, the United States formally entered the war, joining France, Russia, and Britain. Its direct involvement would only last about a year. Yet despite its brief involvement, according to historian Jennifer Keene, it "quite simply shaped the world in which we live."

As we think about how to teach and commemorate the U.S. entrance into the war, we've dipped into the OAH's archives to bring you some of the best interviews, scholarship, and other content by American historians of World War I.



From the OAH Archives

Selected articles on World War I from The American Historian, the OAH Magazine of History, the Journal of American History, and its predecessor, the Mississippi Valley Historical Review, offer a window onto evolving perceptions of the war and highlight how the OAH has provided a forum for important World War I scholarship.

Guest Speakers

The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program offers many historians who study and speak on World War I. Video lectures are available from several OAH Distinguished Lecturers who specialize in World War I history, including Christopher Capozzola, Mary L. Dudziak, Jennifer D. Keene, Michael S. Neiberg, and Chad Williams. We invite you to visit our World War I page for video links as well as a list of all participating speakers, and make plans to host an OAH Lecturer during the war's centennial years.

Podcasts and Interviews