Come On In, America: The United States in World War I- A Review

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Come On In, America: The United States in World War I

Written By: Linda Barrett Osborne

Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers (March 14, 2017)

I received access to a digital galley in exchange for a review.

Since I absolutely loved This Land is our Land I was psyched to see this title would be published in March and jumped at the chance to get early access to it. I’m knee deep into compiling my American History list of nonfiction MG titles. I’m only slightly ahead of where we actually are in studying history. (For all you NaNoWriMo folks I am most definitely pantsing this year of homeschool) I hope I get my act together and get our World History planned out before next Fall. That will be somewhat easier as we will spend 2/3 years on that. I’m bound to be farther ahead- right? Just nod and smile.

I hope I get my act together and get our World History planned out before next Fall. That will be somewhat easier as we will spend two to three years studying that. I’m bound to be farther ahead- right?  Just nod and smile.

Anyhow, back to this lovely.

This is a complete history of World War 1. How it started and how typical Americans felt about our participation in it. (Spoiler- we weren’t all convinced it was a very good idea) The fact that we passed espionage laws for the first time was telling. The press was censored in all print forms. It should have been the war to end all wars as at was sold to the public but instead by studying this war it is easy to see why WW2 ended up happening. Germany was defeated, but they still occupied parts of France and Belgium.

I was also unaware of the amount and far reach of the propaganda that the US government rolled out to keep public opinion on the side of fighting the war. I think most kids reading this book will find parallels to some of the political issues of today.

The galley copy I read has lots of good photos, a very complete timeline and an excellent bibliography for fleshing out any rabbit trails you might encounter inside.

I’m adding it to my WW1 reading list, and I’ll be pre- ordering it. I’ll update this post if the print version turns out to be different than this galley.