1914-1919

Welcome to the Century America Project
It seemed the whole world had erupted into war in 1914. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson promised neutrality. But by 1917, America had joined the Allied forces abroad, and the distant war in Europe was now quite close to home.

Campus, Community, and the Great War

Century America is digital history project completed by undergraduate students from nine COPLAC schools.

The Century America project chronicles the impact of the Great War on nine college towns across the United States. Their experiences looked as different as their communities, but each felt the effects of the Great War locally. With loved ones gone to fight, rations and food shortages, or the crippling Spanish Influenza that followed the soldiers back in 1918, Americans felt the Great War back home just as they did in the trenches abroad.

Explore the nine communities of the Century America project and their schools through the map above.

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