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WWI “You Buy a Liberty Bond Lest I Perish” Statue of Liberty/war bonds poster. Designed by Charles Macaulay, 1917. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection.

Type: Online Video, Lecture, Panel Discussion     Series: World War I Centennial

Citizenship and Civil Liberties on the World War I Home Front (Portland)

Americans fought their wars for democracy at home as well as abroad. Wartime propaganda and policies defined new rules for the status and practice of citizenship in Oregon and across the nation. Women activists, for example, claimed a more complete female citizenship. For women of color and women in ethnic communities, this push intersected with claims and contestations rooted in their racial and ethnic identities and pushed back against a system of white racism that seemed destined and determined to expand. Native Americans, African Americans, immigrants, and hosts of others all engaged in war-related debates and activism that furthered their ongoing claims to civic rights and obligations. Some saw the promise of citizenship through wartime loyalty in support of government programs and the war effort. Others claimed a citizen's right to dissent, often paying a high price to do so. This panel will provide audiences an overview of these histories and create opportunity for discussion about their ongoing legacies today.

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