The Fires of Patriotism

Alaskans in the Days of the First World War 1910-1920

Preston Jones

The Fires of Patriotism

Preston Jones

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

208 pages | 42 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2013
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781602232051 Published November 2013
E-book $7.00 to $35.00 ISBN: 9781602232068 Published November 2013
In the early twentieth century, Alaska was facing an exciting future as the newest US territory. Yet just five years after its official designation, the country entered World War I and citizens were called to fight. Despite the threat of a looming economic collapse, Alaska sent more people per capita to war than any other state and displayed a patriotism that rivaled that of any of the states.

The Fires of Patriotism explores Alaska’s wartime experience, bringing to light new stories and new characters from a decade that shook the world. This multifaceted book explores the era through engaging stories and rare photos, offering a fresh perspective on World War I from a marginal land that forged its place in the greater unity of the country.


Preface and Acknowledgements

1              The Alaskans

2              The War before the War

3              Over Here –Words

4              Over Here – Deeds

5              Organizing

6              Aftermath

Appendix I: Primary Sources

Appendix II: Alaska in 1918: A Letter from Governor Strong




Review Quotes
David A. James | Daily News-Miner
“Fascinating. . . .This book contains considerable information and opens up a period of Alaskan history that frequently gets overlooked. . . . It shows how even a remote region in an age of limited communications and slow transportation could get enveloped in events very far away.”
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