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"The race's greatest opportunity since emancipation": the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Great War, and the South

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The American South and the Great War, 1914-1924 investigates how American participation in World War I further strained the region's relationship with the federal government, how wartime hardships altered the South's traditional social structure, and how the war effort stressed and reshaped the southern economy. The volume contends that participation in World War I contributed greatly to the modernization of the South, initiating changes ultimately realized during World War II and the postwar era. Although the war had a tremendous impact on the region, few scholars have analyzed the topic in a comprehensive fashion, making this collection a much-needed addition to the study of American and southern history.

These essays address a variety of subjects, including civil rights, economic growth and development, politics and foreign policy, women's history, gender history, and military history. Collectively, this volume highlights a time and an experience often overshadowed by later events, illustrating the importance of World War I in the emergence of a modern South.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe American South and the Great War 1914-1924
EditorsMatthew Downs, M. Ryan Floyd
Place of PublicationBaton Rouge
PublisherLouisiana State University Press
Chapter7
Pages162-180
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780807169377
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2018

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