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The Stars and Stripes: The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918-19

Library of Congress, American Memory Project

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From February 8, 1918, to June 13, 1919, the United States Army published a weekly newspaper, The Stars and Stripes, for its forces in France. The newspaper regularly featured American news, sports news, poetry, and cartoons, and was designed to provide troops scattered across the Western Front, and often embedded among Italian, French, and British forces, with a sense of unity and purpose. This site has digitized complete editions of all 71 eight-page issues of the paper. Especially interesting for students of world history is the opportunity to experience firsthand how American soldiers conceived and were taught to conceive of their interactions with soldiers from other countries. In addition, the site provides a glimpse into the daily life of American soldiers. Articles address not only political and current events, but also topics like food and etiquette. Since complete editions are provided, advertisements can be viewed, shedding light on consumer culture at the time. To provide historical context, the site includes a 1932 map of the American forces in Europe. Though the newspapers are sometimes slow loading, all issues are keyword searchable and can be zoomed for detailed viewing.

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