Welcome to this inaugural posting of the “Home Before the Leaves Fall: a Great War Centennial Exposition” blog! The collective authors posting here will be highlighting: project updates for the Exposition; events from the broad heritage community commemorating and memorializing the War; transcribed and on occasion dramatic readings of news stories and source documents from the world 100 years ago; and modern stories and scholarship about materials related to the War from heritage collections throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
Our collective aim is to actively post through the entire Centennial of the war, from 2014 to 2018.
As an initial offering, we would call your attention to a newly digitized scrapbook from the home front. Containing a dated photograph depicting soldiers visiting Atlantic City, and many clippings from news stories and vividly colored illustrations cut from magazines, this also shows that racist, ethnic, and gender stereotypes were in common usage – materials from other times reflect other – different – values and cultural assumptions than today. National participants also readily employed propaganda to depict the “enemy” in increasingly demonic and bestial acts and themselves as innocent victims or angelic avengers.