Latest post: Adventure and Proving Patriotism in the American Expeditionary Forces by Scott Keefer

Corporal Pisciotta's Story The United States watched World War I from afar from 1914 until 1917. President Woodrow Wilson was re-elected in 1916 on a platform of having kept the country out of war. The federal government was concerned about losing the support of "hyphenated Americans," the immigrants and children of immigrants whom many feared would hold traitorous beliefs. Congressman Fiorello Laguardia, the future mayor of New York City and a hero to the many Italian-Americans who resided there, resigned his position in Congress to join the American Expeditionary Forces to show that a man who put his constituents into the war was willing to go as well. It was a show... read more