Unraveling Freedom: The Battle for Democracy on the Home Front During World War I (Library Binding)
"In 1915, the United States experienced the 9/11 of its time. A German torpedo sank the Lusitania killing nearly 2,000 innocent passengers. The ensuing hysteria helped draw the United States into World War I—the bitter, brutal conflict that became known as the Great War and the War to End All Wars. But as U.S. troops fought to make the world safe for democracy abroad, our own government eroded freedoms at home, especially for German-Americans. Free speech was no longer an operating principle of American democracy. Award-winning author Ann Bausum asks, just where do Americans draw the line of justice in times of war?
Drawing thought-provoking parallels with President Wilson’s government and other wartime administrations, from FDR to George W. Bush, Bausum’s analysis has plenty of history lessons for the world today. Her exhaustive research turns up astonishing first-person stories and rare images, and the full-color design is fresh and stunning. The result is a gripping book that is well-positioned for the run-up to the World War I centennial."
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About the Author
Ann Bausum is the daughter of a history professor and grew up in Lexington, Virginia, with a love of American history and a passion for research. She writes books about US history for young people and adults, and many of her books deal with issues of social justice. Her books consistently earn prominent national recognition. "Denied, Detained, Deported "(2009) was named the 2010 Carter G. Woodson Book Award winner at the secondary school level from the National Council for the Social Studies. "Muckrakers" (2007) earned the Golden Kite Award as best nonfiction book of the year from the Society of Children s Book Writers and Illustrators. "Freedom Riders" (2006) gained a Sibert Honor designation from the American Library Association, and "With Courage and Cloth" (2004) received the Jane Addams Children s Book Award as the year s best book on social justice issues for older readers. She lives in Beloit, Wisconsin.