Is the First World War small in importance in the U.S.?

Posted on June 15, 2011 by


I’ve still got that post coming about the Jessie Scout, but, I’ve been thinking…

Is the First World War one of the least examined wars in the history of the United States? If so, why do you think so? If not, why?

Maybe you should read this Memorial Day write-up (from 2008) by UVa Prof. Ed Lengel, and then give me some thoughts based on what Lengel said.

I’m of the opinion that it is a forgotten war, and that the deeds and sacrifices of those who served in it are also forgotten. Perhaps it’s simply that it has all been overshadowed, in popular American memory, by the Second World War. Of course, I’m not saying that the Second World War isn’t important.

Also, what makes the First World War interesting? If you don’t find it interesting, how might it be made more interesting?