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Letters from the Boys: Wisconsin World War I Soldiers Write Home

Letters from the Boys: Wisconsin World War I Soldiers Write Home
Letters from the Boys: Wisconsin World War I Soldiers Write Home
Paperback: $19.95
200 pages, 40 b&w photos, 5 ½ x 8 ½
ISBN: 978-0-87020-851-5

Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press

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By Carrie A. Meyer

On the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the flood of American troops in Europe that would shift the tide of World War I in favor of the Allies, Letters from the Boys brings to life this terrible war as experienced by Wisconsinites writing home. Professor Carrie A. Meyer combed through three newspapers in Green County, Wisconsin, to collect and synthesize the letters from the boys into a narrative that is both unique and representative, telling the stories of several Green County boys and what they saw, from preparing for war, to life among French families near the front, to the terror of the battlefield. Meyer gracefully removes the veil of obscurity and anonymity hanging over soldiers who participated in a war fought so long ago by great numbers of men, reminding us that armies are made of individuals who strove to do their part and then return to their families. 

Carrie A. Meyer is an associate professor of economics at George Mason University and has been a full-time faculty member since 1988. She has written numerous papers, books, reports etc. Since Nov 2000, she has focused her research on the history of the rural Midwest. One outcome was the book Days on the Family Farm, published by University of Minnesota Press in 2007. Her article "Wisconsin's Gas Engines" appeared in the Wisconsin Magazine of History in spring 2016.