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The Palmetto State and The Great War

2017 marks the Centennial Anniversary of the United States’ involvement in World War I, also known as The Great War and the “war to end all wars.” We all know from history this wasn’t the case. In fact, one might think of World War I as the “war which has caused all wars.” New borders from this conflict carved Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, into hotbeds of terrorism, despotism, and violence during the 20th and now 21st centuries. Financial ruin from its aftermath imploded the robust economies of Western Europe, giving rise to Hitler. Additionally, the human toll from this war was so great, the likes of it has not been seen since. Tens and sometimes hundreds of thousands of lives were extinguished…Each. Day. 

The South Carolina Midlands played a very important role in mobilizing our country to extinguish the blaze after the world set itself on fire. Patrick McCawley of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History discusses their new exhibit featuring information and artifacts from this period in our podcast, “The Palmetto State and The Great War.” 

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