The last war of honor: manhood, race, gender, class and conscription in North Carolina during the First World War

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James Wilson Hall (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Mark Elliott

Abstract: This dissertation examines the effects of conscription in North Carolina during the First World War. While primarily focusing on the war years of 1917 – 1918, I also explore the history of personal service in the state from the colonial period to just before the war, and also examine broadly the memory of service and the influence of the war in the years leading up to the Second World War. Research for this study centered on primary source materials from archives, as well as biographies from key individuals, information from newspapers and published reports, and contemporary material from select secondary sources. This dissertation challenges the prevailing narrative that conscription and the war were heavily resisted throughout the South. Rather, I argue that the current views fail to examine the war as a series of events and reactions within the finite period of U.S. involvement, and that in North Carolina support for the war and for conscription grew both within and outside of the official organs tasked to support the conflict. While later histories sometimes labeled the war as useless, for North Carolinians their service was celebrated proudly. They had been asked to serve, to help win a war, and they had done so.

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Language: English
Date: 2019
Conscription, First World War
Draft $z North Carolina $x History $y 20th century
World War, 1914-1918 $z North Carolina
North Carolina $x History $y 20th century

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