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Posted on: December 13, 2016

[ARCHIVED] The Guns of August: The Great War and Hampton Roads

Soldiers Marching

Join Amanda Williams of the MacArthur Memorial as she recounts local reaction to World War I. In the first weeks of August 1914 the nations of Europe marched enthusiastically to war.  Each side was confident that the war would be over by Christmas, but as August turned into September, it became clear that the war had unleashed forces that no one could control.  Thousands of miles away from the conflict, people in Hampton Roads had mixed reactions to the “European War.”  Although initially committed to isolationism, the United States eventually entered the war in 1917.  The war would ultimately create the fault lines of our world today and regions like Hampton Roads would evolve in response to these challenges.

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