Even in the early years of the war when the U.S. remained steadfastly neutral, Americans volunteered for the war and relief efforts. Experience their stories, and their enduring impact, with the online exhibition, The Volunteers: America Joins WWI.
Americans wrestled with their role in this global conflict until April 1917. Learn about the events that led the U.S. to declare war, including Germany's use of Unrestricted U-boat Warfare and the international fallout from the Zimmermann Telegram.
On Nov. 11, 1918, after more than four years of horrific fighting and the loss of millions of lives, the guns on the Western Front fell silent. Explore what led to the momentous agreement and its lasting legacy.
As the war concluded, leaders of the victorious powers in World War I aspired to convert battlefield success into enduring peace. Learn about the Paris Peace Conference, Wilson’s Fourteen Points and the resulting treaties that brought WWI to a close.
Artillery and machine gun fire early in the war forced the armies on the Western Front to dig trenches to protect themselves. This article discusses trench warfare during the war and its horrific casualties.