Rich Lofthus

Topics: History, South Dakota

Community: Yankton

Program Types: Speakers Bureau, Virtual Program(s)

Professor of History
Mount Marty University | (605) 661-4022

From Wentworth to the Western Front: The World War One Odyssey of Private John Warns
Lofthus places the World War I era correspondence of the Private John Warns family from Wentworth, South Dakota into the broader context of world and regional events surrounding the war. It explores the way World War I impacted even the most isolated and rural areas as the propaganda of the Wilson administration sought to convince the American people that Germany was the primary enemy of the interests of the United States. This family correspondence generates a lively and realistic portrayal of life on the home front of rural South Dakota, as well as the war front in Europe.

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