America and the Great War 1914-1918

David Wells presented America and the Great War: 1914-1918 at the Lexington Public Library on Sunday, June 10th, at 2 pm.

The role of America in “the war to end all wars” is misunderstood.

Most people think only of the 1917-18 period when U.S. soldiers marched off to save the world, not realizing that from 1914-17 the nation was opposed to the war. Songs of the period show the changing attitude of the American public, from neutrality to anti-war sentiments to entry in the war and the ultimate defeat of Germany.

World War II and the Cold War make more sense when you understand what happened between the years 1914-18.

Wells features a special section of patriotic songs written by Nebraskans from Chadron to Omaha. A 45-minute slide program and a large display of sheet music are included.

Sponsored by the Lexington Library Memorial Fund, the Lexington Community Foundation, the Emerson Fund, Friends of the Library, and Humanities Nebraska.


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