Professor Donald Zillman and Elizabeth Elsbach ’16 recently published their second book on World War I, Living the World War: A Weekly Exploration of the American Experience in World War I—Volume Two. This completes their two-volume study of the American experience during the War years. This book, along with Volume I, are published by Vandeplas Publishing.
This Volume picks up where Volume I left off, January 1, 1918, and concludes with the adjournment of the 65th Congress on March 4, 1919, as peace negotiations marched toward the Treaty of Versailles. The work is based on over 16,000 pages of the Congressional Record and 885 daily issues of the New York Times. From this breadth of information, the authors distill how the average American citizen of the time experienced both the War and domestic issues. For example, weather conditions complicated the provision of assistance to the Allies, and the Bolshevik Revolution negatively impacted Russia’s contribution to the Allied effort. At the same time, the country debated women’s suffrage, race relations, and prohibition. As the tide turned toward Allied victory, America’s attention shifted to combating a raging influenza epidemic, important elections for political office, and peace. The experience of both the War and 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 graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 2016. She is a member of the Bars of New York and New Mexico and is currently serving as a judicial clerk in Washington State.
For information on how to purchase Living the World War: A Weekly Exploration of the American Experience in World War I—Volume Two, please visit Vandeplas Publishing’s website.