With the recent release of the epic World War I movie “1917” there has been a heightened interest in what was called The Great War.
It was also known as the War to End All Wars but that apparently was a bit of an optimistic misnomer.
For the month of January, the Fremont Area District Library will showcase a poster exhibit from the Smithsonian, titled WWI: Lessons and Legacies exploring the history of the war and its lasting impact 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 in all) and ended with the loss of millions of lives.
WWI gave rise to significant and enduring changes in America. Wartime technologies and medical advances resulted in new industries and novel ways to both fight disease and treat disability. The critical roles that women and minorities played 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.
The library will also be showing these WWI movies in the Community Room on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.
One Woman, One Vote – Jan. 8th (NR; 120 min)
Suffragette – Jan. 15th (PG-13; 107 min)
In Love and War – Jan. 22nd (PG-13; 113 min)
War Horse – Jan. 29th (PG-13; 146 min)
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