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Letters from the Front, 1898-1945
by Michael E. Stevens
Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 1992
Paper: 978-0-87020-268-1 | eISBN: 978-0-87020-713-6
Library of Congress Classification E745.L48 1992
Dewey Decimal Classification 977.50420922


This volume tells the stories of 62 men and women from Wisconsin who served in the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II. Letters from the Front is a vivid social history of wartime as told by those who took part in these foreign conflicts. Most of them are "ordinary" people, uprooted from farms, factories, and offices, who took part in extraordinary events. This work explores how war changed their lives and reveals the emotions they felt in uniform, in remote outposts, in combat, and in prison camps. These letters, diaries, oral histories, newspapers, and contemporary accounts provide a history of adaptation to military life; they also reflect the changes that occurred over the half-century encompassing these confilcts, an era of great technological innovation — and one in which America's vision of itself also changed.

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