World War I and the Maine Experience (1914-1918)

World War I played a significant role in the birth of the modern age, impacted the lives of individuals on five continents, and directly influenced our current political climate with its extensive role in re-shaping Europe and the Middle East. The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of American involvement in the First World War, which set the tone for modern US foreign policy, globalization and America’s role as the “Defender of Democracy.” The era embodies a period of transition, the birth of modern warfare and a cultural shift unlike any the United States had seen before.  This talk by Jamie Kingman Rice, Director of Library Services at the Maine Historical Society, offers insight into Maine’s WWI experience, with an emphasis on the service and sacrifice of Maine citizens at the front and at home. It explores attitudes towards the war, veteran experiences, politics, culture and fashion, as well as the role the media played in public opinion. It aims to depict how a nation can rally together to support its allies and “preserve liberty,” and the impact and legacy of the “War to End All Wars.”