Long Island and World War I
This recently printed contribution to the understanding of the Great War presents the experience of Long Islanders during the transformative conflict. The book covers popular attitudes as the war approached, and explores the participation of Long Islanders on the Home Front---farming, industry, Liberty Loan and Red Cross rallies, as well as local support for the millions of troops arriving at the large military camps. The presence massive training Camps--Upton, Mills, Hazelhurst and Mitchel Fields--on Long Island is examined, and the experience of Long Islanders in the combat zones is traced as well.
The book concludes with the debate on peace treaties, and the process of the ways communities memorialized and remembered the war, its sacrifices, and its effects. The book is profusely illustrated throughout.
About Richard F. Welch (Long Island, New York Author)
Richard F. Welch received his doctorate in history from Stony Brook University and taught American, military and Irish history at Long Island University and Farmingdale State College. He was editor of the Long Island Forum from 1991 to 2014, and a contributing editor of the Journal of Long Island History. The author of numerous articles and reviews, he has written six books, the most recent being Long Island and World War I (2018). He was also a contributor to the Encyclopedia of New York State. Currently, Dr. Welch is a trustee of the Suffolk County Historical Society where he curated an exhibition of Long Island and World War I.
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