During World War I, foreign-born soldiers represented nearly 1 out of 5 servicemen in the U.S. Army. This surge of Old World soldiers – from 46 nations – challenged the culture of the American military, its linguistic and religious traditions, and required top brass to reconsider training methods. Bloomsburg Professor Dr. Nancy Gentile-Ford will examine how the U.S. War Department met the cultural and religious needs of immigrant soldiers and created an atmosphere that made both American and ethnic pride acceptable. Teachers will receive a resource guide to HSP’s World War I collections as well as view its World War I document display.
This free program is on April 12, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. It is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of The Library of America presented in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.