The World War I Pamphlet Collection developed from two sources. The Greensboro Public Library donated a selection of pamphlets that were added to the Library’s holdings of United States government publications of that period and topic. While the assembled collection spans the entire war, the publications date from 1912 - 1931 with the bulk of the materials concentrated from 1914 - 1919. The collection was processed and cataloged during 2001-2002.
Many of the publications detail specific military campaigns, including mapsand battlefield descriptions. Much of the content could be considered homeland propaganda for the Triple Entente [Great Britain, France, and Russia along with associated powers of which the United States was one] as it was intended to solidify civilian support of the war in spite of the hardships the diversion of resources caused the general population of those contributing countries. The use and result of what is recognized as modern warfare are documented in these publications.
This collection also documents the changing role of women’s labor during wartime as well as women’s civilian and military contributions to the war effort. Other drastic changes included how to care for the wounded, both civilian and military, as new forms of warfare caused new types of injuries. The atrocities of “The Great War” gave rise to the League of Nations, now known as the United Nations.
- Carolyn Shankle
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