by David Cardillo, DDNP Staff, Blog Contributor
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
World War I, also known as The Great War, raged through Europe from 1914 to 1918, ending in November of 1918. Thus, at the start of 1918, newspapers like the Middletown Transcript of January 5, 1918 reported on the war, peace proposals, government takeover of the railroads, shipbuilding, income taxes to support the war effort, and conservation and rationing of food and supplies. Those were the main headlines, but some of the smaller articles reported on things such as a prisoner exchange between Germany and France, a munition train that blew up, an American pilot stationed in France who was shot down behind German lines, and other, more local and personal stories of the war. Stories like these – and others in this particular issue – cover not only stories from the front lines, but also give a glimpse into the daily life and support from the home front.
Find out more by searching Chronicling America and searching Delaware papers, 1914-1918.