Paired Texts > To the Front Lines: America in World War I
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Siegfried Loraine Sassoon (1886-1967) was an English writer, poet, and soldier. "Dreamers," a poem about the dark side of war and its impact on soldiers, was likely inspired by Sassoon's own experiences in World War I.Pair “Dreamers” with “To the Front Lines: America in World War I” and ask students to discuss the impact WWI had on individual soldiers. How was this war different from previous wars? Do you think this effect on European troops was somehow different than on American troops?
President Woodrow Wilson's famous "Fourteen Points" were a statement of Wilson's beliefs about how to bring an end to World War I and to prevent war in the future.Pair “President Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points” with “To the Front Lines: America in World War I” and ask students to discuss Wilson’s ideology when it came to war and peace. What did President Wilson seek to gain or create after WWI?
In "The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations," this informational text explores how the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and the establishment of the League of Nations failed to secure peace.Pair “The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations” with “To the Front Lines: America in World War I” and ask students to further discuss American isolationism and the effects this view had on the post-war era. Why did the United States reject the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations? What were the consequences of this refusal?
"Hoover: Feeding the Starving Victims of World War I" describes the the humanitarian efforts led by Herbert Hoover to feed the hungry in the wake of food shortages caused by World War I.Pair “Hoover: Feeding the Starving Victims of World War I” with “To the Front Lines: America in World War I” and ask students to discuss the United States’ participation in WWI beyond fighting in the trenches. Did this type of help conflict with American neutrality?
"'A Mad Dash to Disaster': The First World War," is an informational text that provides an overview of World War I, outlined with quotes by former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.Pair “To the Front Lines: America in World War I” with “‘A Mad Dash to Disaster’: The First World War” and ask students to discuss American participation in WWI. Why did it take so long for the United States to enter the war? What impact did their participation have on the outcome of the war?