Smithsonian Poster Exhibition

World War I: Lessons And Legacies
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In honor of America's entry into "The War to End All Wars" in 1917, World War I: Lessons and Legacies will explore the war and its lasting impact and far-reaching influence on American life. Sparked by the assassination of one man, the war eventually included the forces of the world's major industrial powers (over 18 countries) and ended with millions dead. Beyond the countries involved and people affected, World War I gave rise to significant and enduring changes in America. Wartime technologies and medical advances resulted in new industries and novel ways to fight disease and treat disability. The roles that women and minorities filled in the war led to the right to vote for women and a raised consciousness of civil rights issues throughout society. From the Great Migration to the 1918 flu pandemic and from the unionization movement to women's suffrage, World War I led to pivotal changes in America's culture, technology, economy, and role in the world. It redefined how we saw ourselves as Americans and its legacy continues today.


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World War I: Lessons and Legacies Educators' Guide

Reproduction, including downloading of Jacob Lawrence and Paul Colin's works, is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Educators, schools, and museums are invited to download this free poster exhibition from Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Printed copies have all been distributed, but requestors will still receive the digital files to print the poster exhibit themselves.

This exhibition is provided by Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). For more information, please contact SITES Poster Coordinator, Stephanie McCoy-Johnson at or 202.633.3105