The Great War in the Heart of Dixie: Alabama During World War I
Event Dates and Times
Ozark-Dale County Public Library
Tuesday, July 18th at 5:30pm
Join us at the Ozark-Dale County Public Library on July 18th at 5:30pm for a program presented by Dr. Martin Olliff, the Archivist at Wiregrass Archives.
Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.
This presentation describes how the Alabama home front responded to mobilization in World War I and how that response changed the state and its people’s institutions. It recounts Alabama’s military contributions to the war effort, then examines the economic and social impact of the federal government’s spending on four military camps, Wilson Dam and the Nitrate Plants at Muscle Shoals, and the shipbuilding industry of Mobile.
It discusses how citizens responded to the war through mobilization agencies and through their own institutions, and the war’s impact on furthering Progressive government in the state. Indeed, the experience of mobilization led to the election of Governor Thomas Kilby and the implementation of belated reforms to improve the lives of the people and the economy of the state through governmental actions.
Lastly, it examines how commemoration of the war resulted in the erection in 1940 of the current headquarters of the Alabama Department of Archives and History.
Attendees will receive a free 125-page reader entitled, “World War I and America” edited by A. Scott Berg.