Category: Social

Women’s Right to Vote

Emmeline Pankhurst, Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, Carrie Chapman Catt, and Jeannette Rankin were just few of the women who led the Suffragist movement.  The leaders of the Suffragists used World War I to their advantage to argue their cause.  How could President Wilson send troops to fight for democracy in other lands when the women of…

WWI Poetry

Poets have long used their poignant words to laud, memorialize, describe, and decry war. WWI poets were no different; it was the war itself which was different, with a record around 10 million soldiers dead. This was the War to End All Wars, a rather poetic statement in and of itself, albeit one proved untrue…

Life in 1917: Learn More

Want to learn more about life before WWI? Check out some of these great resources: 1910-1919 by Joanna Bourke (click here for Army collection) The 1910s by David Blanke The 1910s ed. John F. Wukovits The 1910s decade in photos: a decade that shook the world by Jim Corrigan The 1910s from World War I to Ragtime Music by Stephen Feinstein (click here for…

Life in 1917: What would you be doing?

We were curious about all the different cultural and professional changes that occurred before, during, and after the war which lead us to ask this question: What would we have been doing professionally in 1917?Now, as we are librarians, a profession that did exist,  chances are we would still be doing the same thing, though…

Life in 1917

When 1917 began, the United States was still involved in the conflict with Pancho Villa in Mexico. The American public was aware of the conflict of Europe but still not war hungry. Instead they were preoccupied with their everyday lives. They had just elected the first woman to Congress, Jeanette Rankin from Montana (who won…