Private Shook is under a lot of pressure. A cantankerous team of mules is refusing
to budge, paralyzing a battle-bound column that stretches for miles behind.
America is at war and for the first time in her history she has sent her army
to fight on European soil. Her entire economy has been mobilized to achieve
one goal - the defeat of Germany. The social impact of these actions
will have lasting effects long after the war's end. Establishing the
vote for women and the enactment of Prohibition were immediate outcomes. Among
more far-reaching influences were a "live for the day" attitude
that spawned the Roaring Twenties and a diplomatic retrenchment that sought
to isolate America in the vain hope of avoiding the world's problems.
The fate of Private Shook and the obstinate mules is unrecorded. What we do know is that after World War I, America will never be the same.
Select the articles in this section to learn more about America's involvement in World War I - the "War to end all Wars."
Related EyeWitness Accounts:
A Death at the Battle of the Somme, 1916
Gas Attack, 1916
The Unknown Soldier Comes Home, 1921