Professor Don Zillman and 3L Elizabeth Elsbach teamed up to write Living the World War: A Weekly Exploration of the American Experience in World War I – Volume One. Their book was published by Vandeplas Publishing, and was released in March 2016.
The authors’ extensive research for Living the World War included reviewing over 16,000 pages of the Congressional Record and 885 daily issues of the New York Times to see how an American citizen of that era would have experienced the World War. The result of that research is an incredibly comprehensive look at the time period from October 1, 1916 – December 31, 1917. During that time the United States went to war; turned to conscription to raise its Army; taxed and spent in unprecedented fashion to support the War effort; moved the federal government into the posture of regulator of large segments of the American economy; and defined what constituted impermissible opposition to the War subject to felony prosecution. Americans during this period also debated women’s suffrage, race relations, Prohibition, the rights of organized labor, reconciliation of the North and South, and fuel shortages. The experience of war and the emerging national issues profoundly shaped America in the 21st century.
Donald Zillman is the Edward Godfrey Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law. He majored in history at the University of Wisconsin and graduated from the Wisconsin (J.D.) and the Virginia Law Schools (LL.M.). In his career he served as an Army Judge Advocate officer, Dean of the University of Maine School of Law, and President of the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Elizabeth Elsbach will receive her J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law in May. She majored in history, political science, and English at Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana. Her work and study overseas included study in Innsbruck, Austria.
The authors are already working on Volume Two which will cover from January 1, 1918 to March 5, 1919 and the adjournment of the 65th Congress as peace negotiations moved forward to what would become the Versailles Treaty.
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