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The Fires of Patriotism

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

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

The Fires of Patriotism

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

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.

208 pages | 42 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2013

History: American History, Military History


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Reviews

“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.”

David A. James | Daily News-Miner

Table of Contents

Timeline

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

Endnotes

Bibliography

Index

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