To most Americans, World War I is a distant memory, or completely forgotten. But the war was important to America and its people. Millions of men and women served in the military or volunteered at home. More than 116,000 never came home. During and after the war, the United States was thrust into a leading role on the world stage; this was the start of "the American century." Consequences of the Great War are felt today. New weapons and fighting techniques emerged. Empires fell, giving birth to new nations and movements. At home, the war profoundly shaped the roles of women, African Americans, immigrants, and other minorities. Our industrial and agricultural capabilities were tested and produced amazing results. This volume of essays, written by eminent World War I scholars, is presented to provide a better understanding of this monumental period in our history.