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Doughboys, the Great War, and the Remaking of America

ISBN-10: 0801874467
ISBN-13: 9780801874468
Edition: 2001
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 8/11/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

How does a democratic government conscript citizens, turn them into soldiers who can fight effectively against a highly trained enemy, and then somehow reward these troops for their service? In Doughboys, the Great War, and the Remaking of America, Jennifer D. Keene argues that the doughboy experience in 1917--18 forged the U.S. Army of the twentieth century and ultimately led to the most sweeping piece of social-welfare legislation in the nation's history -- the G.I. Bill. Keene shows how citizen-soldiers established standards of discipline that the army in a sense had to adopt. Even after these troops had returned to civilian life, lessons learned by the army during its first experience with a mass conscripted force continued to influence the military as an institution. The experience of going into uniform and fighting abroad politicized citizen-soldiers, Keene finally argues, in ways she asks us to ponder. She finds that the country and the conscripts -- in their view -- entered into a certain social compact, one that assured veterans that the federal government owed conscripted soldiers of the twentieth century debts far in excess of the pensions the Grand Army of the Republic had claimed in the late nineteenth century.

Introduction
A Force to Call Our Own: Establishing the National Army
Americans as Warriors
The Meaning of Obedience
The Politics of Race: Racial Violence and Harmony in the Wartime Army
Forging Their Own Alliances: American Soldier's
Relations with the French and Germans
The Legacy of the War for the Army
War Memories: Re-Examining the Social Contract
'The Yanks Are Starving Everywhere': The Bonus March
Epilogue - The War's Final Legacy for the Country: The GI Bill
Bibliographic Essay

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