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Soldiers back home : the American Legion in Illinois, 1919-1939

Author: Thomas B Littlewood
Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, ©2004.
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"Soldiers Back Home: The American Legion in Illinois, 1919-1939 traces the origins of the organization nationally and in Illinois, showing it to be the biggest and most politically committed of the several organizations of World War I veterans. First and foremost a fraternal association of men whose military service set them apart, it was also a social mechanism through which veterans contained and redirected their
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Littlewood, Thomas B.
Soldiers back home.
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, ©2004
(OCoLC)607444326
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas B Littlewood
ISBN: 080932587X 9780809325870
OCLC Number: 54461886
Description: xvi, 187 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Origins and directions --
In the political tangle --
Chicago and downstate : the sectional schism --
The Bronzeville choice : striver or revolutionary? --
Taking on the red menace --
The legion, the Klan, and personal liberty --
The quest for the soldiers' bonus --
Hard times in the legion hall --
The labor movement : friend or foe? --
The ups and downs of the alpha legionnaires --
Echoes of the past.
Responsibility: Thomas B. Littlewood.
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"Soldiers Back Home: The American Legion in Illinois, 1919-1939 traces the origins of the organization nationally and in Illinois, showing it to be the biggest and most politically committed of the several organizations of World War I veterans. First and foremost a fraternal association of men whose military service set them apart, it was also a social mechanism through which veterans contained and redirected their anger and alienation. Littlewood details how the organization developed quickly into a vigorous pressure group working to influence public policy on behalf of veterans and their families.

Concentrating at first on the welfare of children who had lost their fathers in the war, the Legion later became involved in a variety of community service activities and served as a political training ground."--Jacket.

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