Americans All: Foreign-born Soldiers and World War I

The three lessons in this unit explore the integration of foreign-born soldiers into the U.S. military during World War I and compares it to the integration of foreign-born civilians during World War...
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Podcast Episode

WWI Podcast Series: Animals in World War I

From transportation, to communication, security, comfort and morale, animals have been indispensable human partners throughout history. It is therefore not surprising that animals have played...
MacArthur Memorial

The Impact of Animals During WWI

Animals played a large role during the conflict known as the Great War. From traditional warfare animals such as horses and dogs to exotic animals such as lions, monkeys, and bears, animals of all...
Articles & Primary Sources

Women in World War I: Anna Coleman Ladd

Anna Coleman Ladd, born in Philadelphia in 1878, was a well-known sculptor in the city of Boston by the outbreak of World War I. Like many other American women who dedicated much of their time to...
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Art and Understanding World War I

This three-lesson unit examines artistic expression from complementary perspectives of two American World War I soldiers. These works of art shed light on World War I in a compelling and very human...
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Atatürk and Women's Rights in Turkey

After leading Turkey to victory in its war of independence, Mustafa Kemal, known as Atatürk, pushed forward a series of reforms meant to modernize the new Turkish state. Among these was the granting...
Stanford History Education Group

Battle of the Somme

The Battle of the Somme was a definitive campaign of the First World War. Unprecedented casualties resulted from intense trench warfare and new military technologies. In this lesson, students analyze...
Stanford History Education Group
Digital Textbook

Bringing the Great War Home

From the American Battle Monuments Commission, in conjunction with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Virginia Tech, Bringing the Great War Home: Teaching with the Meuse-Argonne American...
American Battle Monuments Commission
Articles, Primary Sources, Lesson Plans

Canada and the First World War

From the Canadian War Museum, explore Canada's contributions to WWI. This series of articles looks into the history and technology of the war, through articles and objects from the museum's collection...
Canadian War Museum
Online Blog

Centennial Countdown to the Great War

Written by Dennis Cross, this blog reviews the events of war one hundred years ago to the date. Each month, Cross creates a full article on the war's events with an extensive list of sources and...
Dennis Cross, Centennial Countdown to the Great War
Curriculum Plan

Changing Technology, Changing Tactics

Why is WWI considered the first "modern" war? In this lesson, high school students will consider the advancement in technology and, specifically, adaptations of trench warfare based on technological advances through discussion, primary sources and a hands-on activity.

Exhibition brochure

Chavaniac, We are Here!

These documents, supported by the French Centennial commission, look at the U.S. entry to WWI and its continued impact through the specific story of Château de Chavaniac-Lafayette. Originally created...
Departement de la Haute-Loire
Primary Source Newspapers

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Tens of thousands of historic U.S. newspaper pages from 1836-1922 document world events and everyday American life, including the era of the First World War and its aftermath.
Library of Congress
Online Article

Colonial Empires after the War: Decolonization

European colonies mobilized to assist with the war effort. After the Armistice, many colonists took hope from Woodrow Wilson's idea of "self-determination" from his Fourteen Points. This article...
1914-1918 Online