The First World War and the United States


The causes of World War One are complex. This course explores the social and political factors that contributed to and shaped the conflict in Europe. The initial reluctance and ultimate participation of the United States is described and placed in a cultural and political context as well.

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The causes of World War One are complex. This course explores the social and political factors that contributed to and shaped the conflict in Europe. The initial reluctance and ultimate participation of the United States is described and placed in a cultural and political context as well. "World War One and the United States" provides insight into the pre-war sentiments in America and Europe, the social and political factors at play, and describes the journey from Armistice to U.S. commemoration with the establishment of the American Battle Monuments Commission.

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Course Schedule

This course is self-paced allowing you flexibility in the time needed to complete the course. You decide the order and progression you’d like to take, allowing you to revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Interactive activities
  • Learn More opportunities
  • Engaging video
  • Supplemental reference materials
  • Informal assessment quizzes
  • Final assessment

Following the course, you will complete an assessment which requires you to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment you will be awarded an electronic certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

The course follows the events of the early twentieth century beginning with pre-war posturing in Europe and nationalist sentiment in the United States.

  • A Century's Perspective
  • Undercurrents of Instability
  • The Machinery of Death
  • American Reluctance

Next, the course explores the start of the Great War in Europe and the events that finally drew American participation.

  • Readiness
  • Pushing to the Brink
  • No Turning Back

The American Expeditionary Force's activities in the European theatre, the uneasy armistice, and the attempts by the U.S. to assist in post-war diplomacy follow.

  • Engagement
  • The American Way
  • War on the Home Front
  • In the Trenches
  • Armistice
  • Picking up the Pieces: The Treaty of Paris

Then, the course discusses the social and political climate in the United States that shaped the years following the War.

  • Beginning to Heal
  • Returning Home
  • Racial Lines
  • Moving On
  • America on the World Stage

Finally, the course reflects on the commemorative efforts of the United States government and the role of the American Battle Monuments Commission in telling the story of the First World War.

  • Commemoration
  • The ABMC Then
  • Americans Return
  • The ABMC Today
  • Reflecting on the American Perspective
  • Conclusion

Be able to:

  • Explain the causes of WWI;
  • Describe reasons for the U.S.'s initial reluctance and eventual decision to participate in WWI;
  • Compare and contrast relevant WWI milestones and issues from multiple perspectives, including U.S. vs. European positions, both modern and of the period;
  • Explain the effect of WWI on the United States with respect to nationalism, popular culture, and follow-on political trajectories, and;
  • Relate how WWI directly contributed to the creation of the ABMC and American cemeteries outside the United States.

Recommended Background

This course is designed to assist interpretation staff at the American Battle Monuments Commission's WWI sites in understanding the American perspective on the Great War. However, the content is appropriate for anyone wanting to better understand the unique perspective of the United States in World War One.

FAQ

Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?

No additional resources are required for this course.

Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

Why should I take this course?

Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field, and it is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and roblem-solving skills. For more frequently asked questions, please visit our Help Center.

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I enjoyed the classReview by camille
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I enjoyed the class. I wish in the beginning though, I would have known the score I need to pass the course. (Posted on 10/2/2017)
The review was well detailed in both theaters during the war.Review by Kieran
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The only thing I think is missing is the Russian's involvement in the war, and the rise of communism. (Posted on 9/21/2017)
interesting, good graphs and to the pointReview by bill
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interesting, good graphs (Posted on 9/20/2017)

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